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Xbox 360's DVD Playback: Stunningly Bad?

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Don't bother using the Xbox 360 as a DVD player (note: that's regular DVD, not HD DVD) since, according to Extreme Tech, it's absolutely terrible. ET went to extreme measures to test the performance of the 360's DVD player, comparing it with a Denon DVD-3910. Out of a possible 130 points, the Xbox 360 walked away with only 20. So what's up?

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One of the Xbox 360's biggest failures was its handling of jaggies, if it handled them at all. Just look at 'em! As the pictures suggest, the Xbox 360's DVD output looks like a low-res Nintendo 64 game in comparison to the Denon picture. It even managed to make the Stars and Stripes look blurry. And here I thought Microsoft was an American company.

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The 360 also had some major problem with interlacing, with artifacts marring what should be much better picture. Though there's still no way to make Monty Python funny, no matter how high-res or sharp the picture is.

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There is some good news, though. The Xbox 360's DVD playback can be saved with software updates. It's just up to Microsoft to fix it or not.

Xbox 360's Seriously Flawed DVD Playback[Extreme Tech]

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billpendry
billpendry

From the comments at ExtremeTech:

"There is a known issue with the first run of Meaning of Life that caused progressive DVD players to not work right (the results looked exactly like your screen shot — my guess is that the Denon player ignores the flags on the disc, but I don't know that for sure). Here is the skinny on this from The Digital Bits (I don't know if they will still do the exchange as this was from September of '03):

And for you Python fans with progressive scan DVD players and TVs, we have a purchase warning. Universal's new DVD of Monty Python's Meaning of Life: Special Edition is defective - yet ANOTHER defect in a Universal title. Only Disc One (the movie disc) is affected, but it's definitely a defect in the authoring of the disc. It appears that the software "flags" on the disc that allow progressive scan DVD players to de-interlace the video signal have been screwed up. As a result, the 3-2 pulldown is incorrectly done on almost all progressive DVD players, resulting in constant jagged edges throughout the film. We have confirmed this on our own equipment. This is a defect of ALL copies of the disc, but you'll only notice the problem on progressive players. So you folks with the best technology are screwed. Universal seriously needs to get its act together with regard to it's Quality Control department."

HAHA, pwned.