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New Xbox 360 HD DVD Drive Coming In 2008?

Postby Ian on Fri Sep 21, 2007 10:26 am

According to Personal Computer World, Microsoft plans to release a new HD DVD drive for the Xbox 360 in 2008. I'm not sure how they could improve it. Maybe this will use the Lite-On HD DVD drive DigiTimes keeps mentioning?

http://www.pcw.co.uk/personal-computer- ... drive-2008

Microsoft will launch an updated HD DVD drive for the Xbox 360 in 2008, it said at its 25th hardware anniversary in London today.
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Postby Ian on Fri Sep 21, 2007 10:29 am

More info here:

http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=42528

Speaking at an event in London, the chief Volista in charge of HD-DVD said that the new hardware would support more advanced HD-DVD features, such as picture in picture and interactivity.


The drive shouldn't really matter in regards to advanced features. This is all done in the software. Maybe the HD DVD spec isn't as final as they'd like us to think?
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Postby dolphinius_rex on Fri Sep 21, 2007 11:35 am

The new and improved drive will likely boast the new HDi logo... that's probably what lef the person to believe it will offer more advanced interactivity features :P
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Postby Ian on Fri Sep 21, 2007 11:52 am

dolphinius_rex wrote:The new and improved drive will likely boast the new HDi logo... that's probably what lef the person to believe it will offer more advanced interactivity features :P


Yep, you're probably right.
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Postby Grain on Fri Sep 21, 2007 12:05 pm

Perhaps trying to make it less hackable when used as a PC ripper?
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Postby Wesociety on Sat Sep 22, 2007 8:20 pm

Ummm... yeah... the current Xbox 360 HD DVD drive supports all known HDi features already AFAIK. So the claim that the new drive will support "more advanced" HD DVD features sounds like bull. I'm going with Ian on this one, it's probably a new drive, manufactured by LiteOn. I'm also guessing they will offer a black version this time around, to better blend with the Xbox elite black console.
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