Microsoft's got 1080p covered. A software update in the fall will let games and movies output to 1080p over component video. Talk about a shot at Sony and how they were touting their system to be 1080p. They also said the HD DVD player will be out Nov 17 in Japan for roughly $170. I'm sure once it hits the states, it'll be upwards of $200 to $250 but Microsoft's sure trying their best to price their products so that the Japanese will snatch them up. Below is a snippet from a press release Microsoft sent us.
"Microsoft announced pricing and availability details for the Xbox 360 HD DVD Player in Japan. The accessory will launch on Nov. 17, 2006, priced at ¥19,800 (estimated retail price), and will come with an Xbox 360 Universal Media Remote.
“Xbox 360 and the HD DVD Player together deliver the most powerful and affordable games and movie system for Japanese consumers,” Moore said. “The freedom to choose their entertainment experiences is extremely important for consumers as they enter the next generation.”
In addition, Microsoft announced that its fall software update, scheduled for release later this year, will allow all Xbox 360 consoles around the world to output game and movie content in 1080p resolution."