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Xbox users to get a host of new goodies for Halloween

Microsoft's Fall Dashboard Update for the Xbox 360 is going to be released tomorrow according to Engadget. Microsoft posted a complete list on its Xbox website today outlining 84 updates/fixes to be addressed with the update.

Some noteworthy additions with the Fall Dashboard Update include:

  • HD 1080p video mode support over VGA and component cables.
  • Xbox 360 HD DVD Player support.
  • Stream WMV video from a Windows PC running Windows Media Player 11, Zune software, or Windows Media Connect.
  • Play video from storage devices such as USB flash drives, Xbox 360 Memory Units, etc.
  • Play video from CD or DVD data discs.
  • Set up automatic downloads of newly released Xbox Live Arcade trial games.
  • Support for upcoming release of XNA Game Studio Express (separate download and subscription required.)
  • Stream music, pictures and video from a Zune device.
  • Optionally disable notifications from Xbox Live while watching DVD movies.

It looks as though Microsoft wants to make sure that its heavyweight is fighting form when the PlayStation 3 and Wii drop next month. This dashboard update along with the upcoming HD DVD player, Wireless Racing Wheel, Wireless Headset and Gears of War should make the holiday season quite merry for Xbox 360 gamers.

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Wireless Connector
By Aikouka on 10/30/2006 1:29:41 PM , Rating: 3
I've noticed that most XBOX 360 articles detailing peripherals or updates have left out the Wireless Connector. The wireless connector being the device that hooks up to your PC and allows you to use any wireless device designed for the XBOX 360 on your PC. This device really has my interest as it alleviates buying a new controller for my PC as my aging Gravis Xterminator is quite... well... old and game port connections went out eons ago ;).

So um... anyone heard much about it?

RE: Wireless Connector
By Wolfpup on 10/30/2006 1:47:56 PM , Rating: 2
Haven't heard anything in ages. Personally I much prefer the wired controller. Bought it originally for my PC, but now I use it exclusively on the 360 too. It's a bit lighter, doesn't have that big bulge in the back, doesn't burn through batteries constantly, and it's not irradiating me :D

RE: Wireless Connector
By Aikouka on 10/30/2006 2:00:56 PM , Rating: 2
Haha, the weight doesn't really bother me too much. If anyone asks, I tell 'em it's how I get my daily workout ;). Also, my batteries have been pretty good so far, and since I usually play by myself, I'll just grab another controller if mine dies. Also, I tend to "game" from further away, especially when playing Lumines Live! So, the cordless controller helps with that.

But yeah, that's one reason I've liked the corded controllers so far, seamless interoperability between the PC and the XBOX 360. Hopefully, we'll see that with the wireless controllers soon :D.

RE: Wireless Connector
By IceTron on 10/30/2006 2:34:56 PM , Rating: 1
Sorry, but once I went wireless, i'll never go back to wired controllers ever again.

Oh, and go buy Energizers Rechargable 2500mah lithium batteries with 15 minute charger. Problem solved

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