HD DVD may be a dead-end format, but those with hardware can
still happily enjoy the hundreds of titles made available in red keep cases.
Even though Microsoft has ceased
all production of its HD DVD add-on accessory for the Xbox 360 (retailers with
remaining stock are clearing out HD DVD add-on drives for under
$50), apparently its team of software engineers weren’t quite done with
supporting the peripheral. Microsoft released on Tuesday a software update for
all Xbox 360 HD DVD users.
As soon as an Xbox 360 owner with the drive attempts to play
an HD DVD movie, Xbox Live will immediately prompt for an update. Those without
Xbox Live access will be able to download the update separately later this
week, according to Microsoft’s Larry Hyrb.
Included in the recent update are compatibility improvements
with certain titles. Those who have had playback problems with certain discs
should try them again. Support for network features have been expanded, though
it’s unclear how much longer movie studios will maintain the content
infrastructure for net-enabled movies such as Paramount’s Transformers.