Oh, my, Xbox 360 on HDTV just rocks

Holy f**k.

I usually don’t get so effusive, but I had never seen Xbox 360 on a big HDTV screen before. Unbelieveable.

If you get an invite over to Chris’ house to see his setup take it.

Brandon Paddock is showing us around Call of Duty right now. More later. The detail. The subwoofer. The experience.

Here’s a picture of me standing next to Chris’ screen.

Comments

  1. maybe it’s just me, but i don’t get it.

    I have a 5.1 system, i have a 67 inch 1080p dlp, i had an xbox 360 which i sold because the games out now are the same crap i’ve been playing for a year already on my pc…

    it’s awsome for a day, maybe 2, but then you get bored of it.

    sold the 360, made some money, bought more things for xmas shopping.

  2. maybe it’s just me, but i don’t get it.

    I have a 5.1 system, i have a 67 inch 1080p dlp, i had an xbox 360 which i sold because the games out now are the same crap i’ve been playing for a year already on my pc…

    it’s awsome for a day, maybe 2, but then you get bored of it.

    sold the 360, made some money, bought more things for xmas shopping.

  3. Now if MS had just realized that all of those HDTVs also come with DVI or HDMI ports on them and at least supplied us with HDCP protected output in pure digital, then life would be great.

    But as it stands now, the most cutting edge thing from MS lacks a key feature to allow you to use it with the cutting edge.

    Much like VS.net 2005 with such a large number of bugs that cutting edge functionality just can’t be used because of show stoppers (i.e. URL Re-writting is broken out of the box, C# code editor has a hang bug (fixed but then you have to jump through hoops to get it and it was in the release!) and many others that have been reported.)

    It seems that everything MS does lately, which conceived wonderfully fails to execute the key concept that blocks the functionality from being truely useful. (i.e. Management Studio in SQL Server 2005 which is just so damn broken and un-user friendly that I have to install SQL Server 2000 just so that I can use Enterprise Manager, which is saying a lot considering how un-user friendly Enterprise Manager is.)

    I truely hope that we see a refresh of the XBOX 360 in the spring with HD DVD (or Blue Ray or whatever) and a native HDMI port. Call it the XBOX 360 platnum or something if you must and charge through the roof for it if you must, but at least get it right instead of the broken state that it is in now.

  4. Now if MS had just realized that all of those HDTVs also come with DVI or HDMI ports on them and at least supplied us with HDCP protected output in pure digital, then life would be great.

    But as it stands now, the most cutting edge thing from MS lacks a key feature to allow you to use it with the cutting edge.

    Much like VS.net 2005 with such a large number of bugs that cutting edge functionality just can’t be used because of show stoppers (i.e. URL Re-writting is broken out of the box, C# code editor has a hang bug (fixed but then you have to jump through hoops to get it and it was in the release!) and many others that have been reported.)

    It seems that everything MS does lately, which conceived wonderfully fails to execute the key concept that blocks the functionality from being truely useful. (i.e. Management Studio in SQL Server 2005 which is just so damn broken and un-user friendly that I have to install SQL Server 2000 just so that I can use Enterprise Manager, which is saying a lot considering how un-user friendly Enterprise Manager is.)

    I truely hope that we see a refresh of the XBOX 360 in the spring with HD DVD (or Blue Ray or whatever) and a native HDMI port. Call it the XBOX 360 platnum or something if you must and charge through the roof for it if you must, but at least get it right instead of the broken state that it is in now.

  5. I’ve got my eyes on a 62″ DLP when I get out of my apt. I imagine it’ll be the same as when I got 5.1 and I replayed all my Xbox games that I won so I could get the full experience.

  6. I’ve got my eyes on a 62″ DLP when I get out of my apt. I imagine it’ll be the same as when I got 5.1 and I replayed all my Xbox games that I won so I could get the full experience.

  7. Call of Duty 2 is pretty amazing. I’ve been playing it for a while … on my PC.

    Who cares if you have the best toaster ever when it’s the same wheat bread day in and day out? I’m pretty platform agnostic, but the ONLY way Microsoft, Sony or Nintendo are going to squeeze $200++ out of my wallet are with MUST-HAVE games.

    There’s no Ninja Gaiden. There’s no Shadow of the Colossus. There’s no Resident Evil 4. I’m not going to get giddy and excited over a PC port and a handful of refried current-gen titles.

    Someone wake me up when the marketing campaign dies down and people can talk about games without the bullshit again.

  8. Call of Duty 2 is pretty amazing. I’ve been playing it for a while … on my PC.

    Who cares if you have the best toaster ever when it’s the same wheat bread day in and day out? I’m pretty platform agnostic, but the ONLY way Microsoft, Sony or Nintendo are going to squeeze $200++ out of my wallet are with MUST-HAVE games.

    There’s no Ninja Gaiden. There’s no Shadow of the Colossus. There’s no Resident Evil 4. I’m not going to get giddy and excited over a PC port and a handful of refried current-gen titles.

    Someone wake me up when the marketing campaign dies down and people can talk about games without the bullshit again.

  9. Tetra: will do. In the meantime we’re playing Call of Duty here.

    I know a few people working at other game companies. They are working hard on Xbox 360 games. That actually might be the advantage of shipping an Xbox this year: the game developers can get lots of boxes. None of the developers I know of has Sony machines yet, for instance. So, when the Sony comes out there’ll be a ton of interesting Xbox 360 games coming out.

  10. Tetra: will do. In the meantime we’re playing Call of Duty here.

    I know a few people working at other game companies. They are working hard on Xbox 360 games. That actually might be the advantage of shipping an Xbox this year: the game developers can get lots of boxes. None of the developers I know of has Sony machines yet, for instance. So, when the Sony comes out there’ll be a ton of interesting Xbox 360 games coming out.

  11. I have to say what the industry has said before me, HD is the biggest revolution since the color tv. We just purchased a 37″ 1080p LCD screen, and watching shows on that is just so much better then before, plain and simple. The resolution 1920×1080 is just so much nicer for everything, pc usage, film, everything. http://www.apple.com/quicktime/guide/hd/ and go to town on those HD clips there, hot digiti.

  12. I have to say what the industry has said before me, HD is the biggest revolution since the color tv. We just purchased a 37″ 1080p LCD screen, and watching shows on that is just so much better then before, plain and simple. The resolution 1920×1080 is just so much nicer for everything, pc usage, film, everything. http://www.apple.com/quicktime/guide/hd/ and go to town on those HD clips there, hot digiti.

  13. “In the meantime we’re playing Call of Duty here.”

    I never understood the attraction of first-person shooters with a gamepad. Actually, it’s not that I don’t understand it, it’s that I effin’ hate it and figure anyone who actually enjoys it to be some kind of freak of nature. Just me, I guess.

    “So, when the Sony comes out there’ll be a ton of interesting Xbox 360 games coming out.”

    Yeah, but Sony and Nintendo have exclusive properties that could bury Microsoft three times over. Which is not to say they will. Nothing is guaranteed one way or another. It’s an exciting time to be a gamer. All I’m trying to say is this:

    Don’t count the chickens before they hatch, or you’re going to have to settle with omelet on your face.

  14. “In the meantime we’re playing Call of Duty here.”

    I never understood the attraction of first-person shooters with a gamepad. Actually, it’s not that I don’t understand it, it’s that I effin’ hate it and figure anyone who actually enjoys it to be some kind of freak of nature. Just me, I guess.

    “So, when the Sony comes out there’ll be a ton of interesting Xbox 360 games coming out.”

    Yeah, but Sony and Nintendo have exclusive properties that could bury Microsoft three times over. Which is not to say they will. Nothing is guaranteed one way or another. It’s an exciting time to be a gamer. All I’m trying to say is this:

    Don’t count the chickens before they hatch, or you’re going to have to settle with omelet on your face.

  15. “I have to say what the industry has said before me, HD is the biggest revolution since the color tv.”

    Or, uh, the most modest evolution from a computer monitor?

  16. “I have to say what the industry has said before me, HD is the biggest revolution since the color tv.”

    Or, uh, the most modest evolution from a computer monitor?

  17. The end user doesn’t like watching tv and movies on the computer monitor, and if you ad together a computermonitor of this size and resolution + the price of the hardware in the pc, (tv-tuner, soundcard, software) you’ll land at the same price anyway + it takes less space, people doesn’t like fans that makes noise and having to reboot their tv.

  18. The end user doesn’t like watching tv and movies on the computer monitor, and if you ad together a computermonitor of this size and resolution + the price of the hardware in the pc, (tv-tuner, soundcard, software) you’ll land at the same price anyway + it takes less space, people doesn’t like fans that makes noise and having to reboot their tv.

  19. >Or, uh, the most modest evolution from a computer monitor?

    You’ve obviously never watched an HDTV movie or played an Xbox 360 on an HDTV 50+ inch monitor. Wow. It’s unlike anything I’ve experienced before.

  20. >Or, uh, the most modest evolution from a computer monitor?

    You’ve obviously never watched an HDTV movie or played an Xbox 360 on an HDTV 50+ inch monitor. Wow. It’s unlike anything I’ve experienced before.

  21. Tetra – does your PC have a 50″ monitor that you can play CoD on with 7 or 8 friends gathered ’round on the couch by the fire?

    I’m a PC gamer too but consoles are an entirely different experience. And COD 2 just feels better on the 360 – it feels at home there, not on the PC.

    These days I find myself not playing PC games anymore. When I get home from a long day at work I’m much more comfortable sitting back on my couch with a wireless gamepad and jumping online… no hassles and it’s just a much more refined experience.

  22. Tetra – does your PC have a 50″ monitor that you can play CoD on with 7 or 8 friends gathered ’round on the couch by the fire?

    I’m a PC gamer too but consoles are an entirely different experience. And COD 2 just feels better on the 360 – it feels at home there, not on the PC.

    These days I find myself not playing PC games anymore. When I get home from a long day at work I’m much more comfortable sitting back on my couch with a wireless gamepad and jumping online… no hassles and it’s just a much more refined experience.

  23. Oh, and I’ve not heard anything from the Xbox team that suggests the 360 is or isn’t capable of outputting DVI or HDMI.

    But you actually *want* HDCP output? Do you have a TV that supports HDMI with HDCP? I’m pretty sure the HDMI port on mine doesn’t. Why ship a cable with content protection that virtually no one can use?

    Also my Denon receiver doesn’t support HDMI – and it’s brand new and not exactly cheap. Component video is 100% the HD standard right now. I still can’t figure out why people insist on a connection they’d probably never use.

  24. Oh, and I’ve not heard anything from the Xbox team that suggests the 360 is or isn’t capable of outputting DVI or HDMI.

    But you actually *want* HDCP output? Do you have a TV that supports HDMI with HDCP? I’m pretty sure the HDMI port on mine doesn’t. Why ship a cable with content protection that virtually no one can use?

    Also my Denon receiver doesn’t support HDMI – and it’s brand new and not exactly cheap. Component video is 100% the HD standard right now. I still can’t figure out why people insist on a connection they’d probably never use.

  25. It’s been an Xbox kind of weekend.

    So last Thursday night I dropped by Chris Pirillo’s place for the live airing of his weekly internet radio show. Featured that night was Major Nelson (aka “Larry Hyrb) from Xbox Live. He brought along his complete set of Xbox 360 games a…

  26. >You’ve obviously never watched an HDTV movie or played an Xbox 360 on an HDTV 50+ inch monitor. Wow. It’s unlike anything I’ve experienced before.

    Or he’s one of these guys who dumps on everything he can’t get/afford.

  27. >You’ve obviously never watched an HDTV movie or played an Xbox 360 on an HDTV 50+ inch monitor. Wow. It’s unlike anything I’ve experienced before.

    Or he’s one of these guys who dumps on everything he can’t get/afford.

  28. “Tetra – does your PC have a 50″ monitor that you can play CoD on with 7 or 8 friends gathered ’round on the couch by the fire?”

    Nah, but it has a 21″ monitor where I can play with twice that number throughout the world. Let’s not remind everyone that Call of Duty 2 shipped with gimped multiplayer.

    Oh, and I haven’t sat in front of an HDTV? I guess I should return my 56″ Samsung DLP and sue Best Buy for false advertising. Oh, wait. I forgot. I do own an HDTV.

    Guys, enough with the mindless platitudes. It’s a large screen with a high resolution – nothing more, nothing less. Yes, the 360 looks very good on it. For the 10% of us who actually own HDTVs, whizz-bang hooray. For everyone else, the 360 is just another console with a marginal improvement in graphics and features.

    To tell you the truth, I was more excited by the fact that Valve was able to port Half-Life 2 so well to the original XBox than I was seeing Call of Duty 2 on the 360.

  29. “Tetra – does your PC have a 50″ monitor that you can play CoD on with 7 or 8 friends gathered ’round on the couch by the fire?”

    Nah, but it has a 21″ monitor where I can play with twice that number throughout the world. Let’s not remind everyone that Call of Duty 2 shipped with gimped multiplayer.

    Oh, and I haven’t sat in front of an HDTV? I guess I should return my 56″ Samsung DLP and sue Best Buy for false advertising. Oh, wait. I forgot. I do own an HDTV.

    Guys, enough with the mindless platitudes. It’s a large screen with a high resolution – nothing more, nothing less. Yes, the 360 looks very good on it. For the 10% of us who actually own HDTVs, whizz-bang hooray. For everyone else, the 360 is just another console with a marginal improvement in graphics and features.

    To tell you the truth, I was more excited by the fact that Valve was able to port Half-Life 2 so well to the original XBox than I was seeing Call of Duty 2 on the 360.

  30. Death-knell if your Microsoft marketing robots talk up HD with 360. Casuals already thinking you can’t use a 360 without HD. Let the geeks find out about HD, talk to the mainstream that it works with current TVs. And most casuals are not even aware 360 is a new version.

  31. Death-knell if your Microsoft marketing robots talk up HD with 360. Casuals already thinking you can’t use a 360 without HD. Let the geeks find out about HD, talk to the mainstream that it works with current TVs. And most casuals are not even aware 360 is a new version.

  32. hi, im thinking of getting my boyfriend an xbox game for christmas cos he really likes it. anyone know any good games coming out in december that i can get?

  33. hi, im thinking of getting my boyfriend an xbox game for christmas cos he really likes it. anyone know any good games coming out in december that i can get?