1) less chance of the HDDVD drive breaking since you play games for hours on end and the drive spins constantly. how much do you think it'd cost to fix?
2) i like leaving the movie disc in the addon and playing games in the main drive. alot less switching discs. ALOT less (is that an oxymoron? ).
also, MS wants to win the console war. they don't care so much about the format war. if they have to charge more for a 360 with HDDVD Built-in, that hurts them on the console front since only maybe 10% of joe public cares about that. look at Sony. how many more people would be interested in a PS3 if it cost $200 less?
YouDaMan don't worry about your second point. Microsoft would never alienate its customers by making a new version of the console where new games wouldn't work on the previous version. This is the console market not the PC market, no company is suicidal enough to do so.
I would sell mine (which I'm sure I would take a big loss on) and buy a new one only if the hdmi uncompressed audio for hd dvd was significantly better than the optical (I don't have any issues with the audio lag or muffled sound that a lot of people have been reporting so that is a mute point, and I would need to hear an actual side by side to convince me), and I pick up a receiver or audio processor that has hdmi inputs. As for video performance, component 1080i looks absolutely stunning on my 1080i tv so i'm guessing only a zero to marginal improvement through hdmi would be the case here.
But if M$ does do a free to cheap exchange/upgrade program (probably not but would be nice since I only bought mine at the end of Sept.), then I would be in for sure. It would be a nice show of customer appeciation for people supporting their product, which could at times be very agitating because of it's various issues.
It also would have been nice if M$ would have future proofed this console with hdmi from the get go, but I knew what I was buying and have loved every minute of it.
I play movies and games with volume on so the noise issue is a moot point to me. HDMI? Meh, my "old" HDTV has DVI and the 360 component output looks excellent on my 1080i set. The only thing for me would be the larger HDD. Still not enough to buy one all over again. I'll wait until the new house gets built in '08 and 1080p front projectors drop in price [for my HT room in the basement of course ] and then perhaps I'll add a new and improved 360 to it and retire the first one to the living room with the 57 inch set. That and hopefully a dual format stand alone player that isn't HDDVD crippled like LG's new toy.
Question should be, Where's the optical output on this baby?
You mean to tell me me i gotta buy an HDMI cable, PLUS still use the old cable just to clutter place in the back of my xbox, so i can hook the Optical cable????? humm...odd
but with 1 vidoe hookup, will 2 work together? I know my TV HDMI overrules. so lets just say this is the case, how will the sound work if by using HDMI the "universal output" is disabled?
I won't do the upgrade unless my 360 dies (knock on wood). I get 1080p through VGA on my Samsung HL-S5687W and once I get a good audio setup i'll just use the optical audio (im not much of an audiophile, just as long as it sounds good im happy).