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xBox 360 VGA and HDMI DVD Upscaling

What does the xBox 360 upscale DVDs to using HDMI and VGA?
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William ElliottSr Tech GuruCommented:
What is an HDMI DVD Player?
An HDMI DVD player is like a standard DVD player but has an extra HDMI output. It can play normal SD ( Single Definition ) DVDs, but Upscales or Upconverts the ouput to simulate a higher resolution.

What is UpConverting or Upscaling ?
For dvd player to output at 1080p(1920x1080) or 720p(1280x720) when the source is for example a standard DVD movie, an Upscaling or Upconverting process is required. Essentially this technique involves a piece of electronics in the DVD player which interpolates ( makes 1 scan line into 2 or more extra lines), simulating higher definition. This is necessary because standard DVDs are designed to play on televisions with 525 lines for the American NTSC standard and 625 lines for the European PAL system.
Is the System any good ?
Of course because because the Player is 'creating' vertical resolution lines from surrounding lines, the effect, which can be ok, is not as good as viewing a native HD ( High Definition ) signal.
One thing to bear in mind is that most HD Plasma or LCD Televsions will already have their own Upconverters in them already so that they can show standard TV signals on their High Resolution displays, so by buying a specialized DVD player you may find that the result is no better that plugging in you old DVD player into the SCART or s-video of the television. So the answer to this one is; it depends on the DVD player and whether the television has a good upscaler.

Since these devices are being developed all the time, with new models being released every few months, it can be difficult to keep track with whats better than what.


A Selection of DVD Players which have HDMI Outputs:
Samsung DVD-HD850XEU
Toshiba SD350E* HDMI
Philips DVP 9000S
Denon DVD1920
Pioneer DV989AVIS
Sony DVPNS92VSMR
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ZoeticNepentheAuthor Commented:
So what is the xBox 360's upscale for DVDs using HDMI and VGA? The answer will look something like this weellio and others:

xBox 360's Upscaling

VGA: 720p to _______
HDMI: 720p to _______
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William ElliottSr Tech GuruCommented:
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William ElliottSr Tech GuruCommented:
Xbox 360 HDMI cable. New to Xbox 360, HDMI allows consumers to get HD video (up to 1080p) and multichannel surround sound, all from one cable.

http://www.microsoft.com/Presspass/press/2007/mar07/03-27Xbox360ElitePR.mspx
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ZoeticNepentheAuthor Commented:
but it does not upscale DVDs to 1080p...
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teedjrCommented:
Hey Zoe,

The DVD drive in the 360 itself upscales to 720p, but with the HD DVD drive add-on, you can get 1080p upscaling...

http://www.engadgethd.com/2006/09/21/xbox-360-hd-dvd-playback-maximum-1080i-via-component-1080p-vga/
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ZoeticNepentheAuthor Commented:
Thanks ^_^
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teedjrCommented:
Hey Zoe,

I just realized I misspoke (typed) and the 360 by itself (without the HD DVD drive) upconverts to 480p, not 720p. Sorry for the error. The HD DVD drive is required for the extra upconverting.

I apologize.
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ZoeticNepentheAuthor Commented:
That is fine, I was just wondering. I just went out and get a HD DVD player for the xBox 360. Thanks again Teedjr.
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