The new TV has arrived! After rewiring my system and getting everything hooked up appropriately for HD, I made a disappointing discovery (hence the title of this post). There is no HDMI port on the back of my xbox360. How frustrating - I can only go up to 1080i output with my HD-DVD player (sarcasm). After a little checking, the HDMI port wasn't "standard" until Aug 2007 consoles. That is information that I would have liked to have had prior to purchasing the HDMI cable for that console. I can use the cable I purchased for the cable box, but it doesn't put out a 1080p signal, so what's the point? Somehow I have been "lucky" as I own one of the boxes from the first shipment (end of 2005) that hasn't destroyed itself. Maybe if I run the box 24-7, it'll crap out and I'll still be able to get the replacement system that has the HDMI port on the back. Hmmmm... I think that the warranty is set to expire at the end of the month - so I'd better hurry up and break it ( I won't actually do this, but I can talk about it, right?).
I'm sure that many of you don't understand what I'm talking about, so here's the quick synopsis... To get a "full" HD signal (1080p), you must first have a piece of equipment capable of outputting the appropriate signal, a piece of equipment capable of displaying the signal and a cable capable of carrying the correct signal between the two pieces of equipment. All three are required for the 1080p signal to work properly, and until I went to wire the system, I believed that I had them. I believed... incorrectly. Oh well, what the hell, it's still way better than standard definition. How did I survive before this?