It's finally here! The Xbox 360 HD DVD Emulator went live today, enabling content authors to test their HD DVD content in a real-world consumer player before committing it to a shiny disc. This can save a lot of time and a lot of money for those folks building advanced HD DVD titles. It might help you save your hair, too :-)
"But," you might be saying, "doesn't Microsoft already ship an HD DVD Simulator for free? Why would I want this emulator?"
Good question. Here are just a few reasons why:
There are obviously more reasons to use the emulator, but that's a quick rundown of some of the key reasons why you might want to do it. Of course the simulator is still great for doing early title development – where access to real video and multiple audio tracks might not matter – because using the PC enables a great edit-run-debug workflow. But the emulator is absolutely critical for putting everything together, fine-tuning your code, verifying performance and compatibility, and running a through a thorough test pass prior to check-disc replication.
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