Xbox 360 HD DVD Emulator Unleashed
Starting today, Microsoft has officially ended the beta testing of their HD DVD emulation software. What’s that you say? Emulation software? We know. It came a bit of a shock to us too.
Of course, it’s a welcome surprise though, and while we personally will have little use for the software seeing as how we don’t own an HD DVD authoring facility, the introduction of an HD DVD emulation tool was inevitable, not to mention necessary. It only makes perfect sense that Microsoft would step up to the plate and deliver the goods considering their investment in HD DVD hardware (360 Add-on) and software (HDi, VC1).
Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the emulation kit is that it revolves entirely around the Xbox 360 console and the HD DVD add-on. After purchasing a license for the emulation software, aspiring/established HD DVD authors can download the emulator from the Xbox Marketplace and load their HD DVD projects via a networked/attached drive, or an optical disc in the HD DVD player. From there all troubleshooting is overseen by the 360 and a comprehensive log file is compiled for later reference/analysis. See how this works, here.
The one-time licensing fee for the emulation software is $2,999, which is a great investment for any authoring/replication facilities, but isn’t quite at the price point for the pro-sumer with dreams of getting into the authoring/replication business. Then again, there aren’t many HD DVD writers floating around the consumer marketplace at the moment, so we’ll just have to make the best of HD Rec until a suitable consumer solution arises.
At any rate, the release of this latest software should prove to be a great help to authoring/replication facilities who hope to keep test disc usage to a minimum, and it should help provide further proof that Microsoft is indeed committed to the success of HD DVD.
PR Newswire story, here.
Official Emulation Software Page, here.