- Jul 10, 2001
I heard that the XBox will upconvert standard 480i DVD material into 1080i. Is this true and could you provide a link to the info if possible.
A great hdtv device that plays a few games too.
Did you forget that its a game console and not a DVD player? Thats the problem with the X-Box, it has lost the whole "playing games" idea and has gotten an "ultimate hardware piece" idea. Its not MS' fault, its the consumer's fault. Buying DVDs doesn't help MS, but buying games does. Every XB sold loses a lot of money that they hope to make back on software sales, but people buying just movies won't help that at all. This is why they shouldn't have added the DVD feature at all.
Its great that it has HDTV and 5.1 and such, but its not that important. If the games suck, the console is worthless. The PS2 at least has or will have great games, and Nintendo always delivers the good for their consoles, but nobody is sure about the XB. All their games are ports, have similar or uninspired ideas, or aren't worth it. For the few that don't fit in those categories, they still don't outweigh the upcoming library additions of the PS2.
Nothing is known about the DVD-able GCN. It could very well scale to 1080i, but we'll have to wait for more info from Nintendo and Panasonic.
Sorry kid, but if the output stage of the GC can not support 1080i resolution and refresh rates (it can't do 1080i at 60Hz or above) then it ain't gonna' happen.
Where did this whole 1080i upconversion speculation come from?? I've heard NOTHING about this and I find it almost impossible to believe it will be implemented decently, if at all
Well, a large part of it comes from the fact that a good HTPC can scale DVD to 1600x1200@72P resolution (or better), and video wise, not much separates the Xbox from a high-end PC. The Matrix at 1600x1200 (well, 1600x900, with 150 pixels of black on top and underneath), 72Hz looks fantastic.
It's not so much a question of whether the Xbox will do a good job at HDTV scaling, as whether MS *wants* the Xbox to do a good job at HDTV scaling.
With all else being equal (games), choose the console that gets you more bang for the buck (DVD, broadband).
The problem is that all is not equal in games. I think the PS2 and GCN will have better games than the XB because they have had great games announced or had great games on the PSX and N64. MS has no track record to run on. Also, DVD is not included with the XB, and the only reason it is in the PS2 is because they were able to put it in without adding too much to the price. Most people won't use the broadband, so why should you pay for it? The GCN gives you the option of buying the modem or not, plus you don't have to buy the DVD version of the GCN. These are options that the XB doesn't even have. If you have a DVD player already (which most of if not all of us do) then you don't need a DVD-playing GCN. A GCN with a broadband modem is still way cheaper than the XB without anything added to it. You can buy a GCN, a game, a second controller, and a memory card for less than an X-Box, yet just an X-Box is more bang for your buck because it has a modem and ethernet. The GCN is the best console because of it costs so little and is just a little less powerful than the XB (which will be obsolete hardware come winter 2002 because of the newer computer chips).
I can't warrant a purchase of an XB at all. You are taking a leap of faith as to whether the exclusive titles will be worth it (DoA3, The Matrix, and everything Sega makes for it could end up on another console) and you have to have a home theater and broadband internet to take advantage of the "bang for your buck" features. The PS2 and the GCN can be plopped in front of any TV and all of their features (less one or two minor ones) can be put to use. Want something more? Go buy it. Don't want something more? Don't buy it. They both are better values than the XB. I could care less about its abilities if the exclusive games are crap (I have seen nothing that would suggest otherwise).
Console - Capabilities (out of the box)
1)PS2 - DVD, CD, PSX, PS2
2)XB - XB
3)GCN - GCN
The PS2 seems to be of more value out of the box capability wise, so that argument is pointless. The XB requires that you pay for the DVD function. To use the broadband of the XB, you need to buy games, but those don't come out of the box. Also, the PS2 is the same price as the XB and has graphics that are just below the calibre of the XB and has 3 more features. The GCN is $100 less than both and ONLY plays games (which is the idea of a GAMING console). Also, MicroSoft's idea of online gaming is just gaming, as in no chat rooms, surfing, keyboard, mouse, e-mail, or anything else besides games. This means that the modem goes to waste until there are LAN or internet games made, and the internet services won't be up for a while. Sega at least allowed you to do something until online play was available, and Nintendo and Sony aren't releasing modems until they can be used for gaming.