Xbox 360 ‘Elite’ Will Include HDMI Cable
Microsoft Corp. has finally added an HDMI cable for its Xbox 360, to accompany its ability to output 1080p high-definition content. The additions are part of its new “Xbox 360 Elite,” a premium version of the console that includes a 120GB hard drive (a major step above the 20 and 40GB models available now), a wireless controller and a headset, all in black (including the console itself).
While the games released for the Xbox 360 mostly support 1080p, the fact the system originally lacked an HDMI 1.3 cable meant most HDTVs wouldn’t be able display in 1080p, but rather HD’s lesser cousin, 720p. The Sony PlayStation 3 supported HDMI 1.3 from the get go.
And when Microsoft released the HD DVD player to accompany the Xbox 360, the lack of HDMI was almost startling. The 360 Elite changes all that. “Today’s gamers and entertainment enthusiast has an insatiable appetite for digital high-definition content,” said Peter Moore, corporate vice president for the Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft, said in a release. The content is produced in 16:9 aspect ration, anti-aliasing for smooth textures, full surround sound and standard-def upscaling.