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Microsoft Readies Xbox HD Emulator

13 Dec, 2007 By: Chris Tribbey

Microsoft announced Dec. 13 it is releasing an HD DVD Xbox 360 emulator tool, allowing studios and others releasing HD DVD product an easy way to test their content before the discs ship.

Made specifically for the video game system's HD DVD drive, the company says it helps test playback and functionality on other HD DVD players as well.

“We are committed to supporting and advancing the HD DVD ecosystem, and the new Xbox 360 HD DVD emulator reflects these efforts by providing developers with the software-based tools they need to efficiently deliver the highest-quality content,” said Jordi Ribas, GM of Microsoft HD DVD. “Microsoft developed the emulator to help save studios and postproduction houses time, resources and costs involved with the creation of HD DVD content.”

The tool allows companies to “model the behavior of HD DVD disc content, including encoded video and HDi interactivity, in a virtual environment before committing to burning a single HD DVD disc.”

The emulator can be downloaded for a one-time licensing fee of $2,999 via the Xbox Live system, or by visiting www.thisishddvd.com/emulator.

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