Podcast #9 – Xbox 360 E3 Debate Volume 2 Part 2

James Woodcock's BlogcastHere is part 2 of our E3 special edition version of my Xbox 360 Debate Volume 2 featuring guests Barrie Rogers from 360 Monster, Michael Rossell from Brit Xbox, Ade Ricketts from MSXbox World and Ali Owen (freelance). Make sure you check out Xbox 360 E3 Debate Volume 2 Part 1 first, which covers Nintendo Wii and Sony PlayStation 3 predominantly.

Topics covered in part 2 include:

  • Microsoft Xbox 360 HD DVD Accessory – Source Twit
  • Xbox Live Arcade Vs Nintendo Wii Back Catalogue
  • 2D Glory Returns
  • Getting Users on Xbox Live
  • Loving Xbox 360 Achievements
  • Gears of War first impressions
  • Halo 3 > Halo 2 > Halo
  • Halo 2 Trash Talking
  • Private Games Online
  • Grand Theft Auto 4 Shock
  • Windows Vista Online Features
  • Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft Rated /10
  • Submitted Questions

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James Woodcock

James is a Freelance Journalist, Author, Blogger & Podcaster specialising in gaming, gadgets and technology. Ever since he experienced the first controllable pixel movement on the television screen, he has been entranced by the possibilities and rewarding entertainment value generated from these metal and plastic boxes of delight. Writing hundreds of articles including commentary and reviews on various gaming platforms, while also interviewing well known industry figures for popular online publications. Available for hire, contact me for more information.

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15 years ago


Once again great podcast. I look forward to it each week.

Wanted to get your thoughts on why none of the major sites/podcasts have been saying that since M$ doesn’t have HDMI support that you can’t really criticize Sony for not having it in the gimped PS3. Two things I am thinking on the matter.

1) M$ has not put anything into there system that hinders performance for not having it. So not really apples to apples.


2) When I first bought my Xbox1 I had only a set of RCA cables, however M$ released an “Advanced AV pack” which had S-video and Optical for sound, then later when I finally got my HDTV I purchased the “Hi-Def AV pack” which had the composite video as well as the optical audio port. That said why wouldn’t M$ be able release a HDMI cable for the 360??? Is there something that I am missing regarding HDMI?

Thanks again for the great podcasts. Hope you don’t mind some “Colonial” from Oregon USA listening in!!! lol,


James Woodcock
15 years ago

Hi Jason and of course I am happy for anyone including those across the pond to listen and participate in the debate :)

We are all still unsure whether the Xbox 360 ‘can’ support HDMI as Microsoft have been very careful to keep quiet. This could be for one of two reasons:

1) They don’t want to spoil the surprise of a future cable that will be released for both the core and premium systems.

2) It does not support HDMI and by keeping quiet gives the illusion to people that there might be the possibility of HDMI, therefore not falling into giving more sales to Sony for the extreme video buff.

I think everyone is a little puzzled at the moment by Microsoft as to their lack of disclosure in regards to HDMI, however as you rightly point out Microsoft have done incredibly well in keeping themachine first and foremost a ‘gaming’ console.

Glad you enjoyed the show, I doubt there will be one every week, but I am already discussion future shows with the other participants for more gaming related shows in the very near future.

15 years ago

Excellent – enjoyed part 2. Many thanks and I look forward to future ‘casts. :) I may even contribute some questions… :-?

James Woodcock
15 years ago

That is what the voicemail is there for :d