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Wednesday, 11 July 2007 12:19
HDMI-Enabled Halo Special Edition Xbox 360 a Sign of Things to Come
Marcus Yam (Blog) - July 11, 2007 8:53 AM Print 
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Xbox360 Elite internals with HDMI (Source: Llama.com)
Halo-themed Xbox 360 hints at Microsoft making HDMI output standard-issue


When Peter Moore lifted up the Halo Special Edition Xbox 360 console at its reveal at the Microsoft E3 press conference on Tuesday night, most onlookers were likely disappointed by the lack of any truly new hardware, such as a built-in HD DVD drive, or price drop. But easily overlooked is the fact that the Halo-themed console could offer a glimpse into the future hardware versions of the Xbox 360.



Although central to the announcement of the green and gold Xbox 360 is its Master Chief motif, a closer look at the specifications of this special edition box reveal that it is equipped with an HDMI port. This in itself is not groundbreaking for the console, as the Xbox 360 Elite as it is currently carries the HDMI port.

What is interesting to note is, that aside from the HDMI output, the rest of the console inclusions mirror that of the $399 Premium box – including the 20GB hard disk drive. Microsoft could have easily just given the Premium package the new paintjob and label it the Halo edition, but instead the company made an active decision to include HDMI output.

At the time of the announcement, Microsoft’s Peter Moore didn’t even mention the new console’s HDMI output, which perhaps could be a sign that the company views the feature as one that should be a part of all its future Xbox 360 packages. The price of the Halo edition console has not been announced, though it should not carry much of a premium over the regular Premium unit. For gamers looking to get HDMI output without the higher price of the Elite console, this could be the answer...More

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