If you’ve been oooing and ahing at the Xbox 360 Elite’s HDMI connection — which really should have been there all along — then this is the post for you: a source at Microsoft has posted specific details of the Elite’s HDMI capabilities. Apparently the Elite will only support the 1.2 HDMI standard, and not the 1.3 spec which would have enabled TrueHD or Dolby Digital+. As such, you’ll have to stick with regular DD, DTS, and WMA-Pro for your sound output. It also only supports dual channel PCM output, not full 5.1 channel, and if you want full 5.1 PCM output the tipster cheekily recommends “purchasing the Toshiba A2 player” which is much cheaper than the $479 Elite. At this point the complexity of the tech talk takes a step up, as amirm refers to a fall update that will bring support for “different video levels for VGA output” which could potentially improve fidelity and HDCP handshaking support on displays operating at 1080p. We suspect that around half of the people that started reading this left to read our interview with fake SJ somewhere around the point that we mentioned “dual channel PCM output”, but what do the three people left reading think about these HDMI deets?
[Via Loot Ninja]