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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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RE: no its not
By IMPoor on 10/30/2006 1:38:26 PM , Rating: 2
you don't need hdmi to send a 1080p signal. Sure its not digital but analog is fine unless your using crappy or long cables. The component cables that come with the xbox are more than adequate to produce a 1080p signal. You must be a sony fanboy. Just kidding, sort of.

Anyway I am really looking forward to accessing content off of data DVD/CDs. I also assume that a usb flash drive would be exchangable with a USB external Hard Drive. If I am correct this update will be awesome. I can't wait.

RE: no its not
By ogreslayer on 10/30/2006 3:56:00 PM , Rating: 2
I think his point was more that you can't send 1080p into TVs using component cable. Not as a analog/digital problem but the fact that most TVs that have 1080p don't take it via the component jacks.

This is gonna be a problem and anyone looking to get a 1080p TV should do heavy research, assume that they must have HDMI or wait to see how the dust settles. Sony TVs do not accept 1080p over component yet. However, Samsung as of now has some models that do and some models that do not. Sharp does not support 1080p over anything other than HDMI, and Mitsubishi is the same through HDMI but allows for VGA if the TV has the input.

RE: no its not
By GhandiInstinct on 10/30/06, Rating: -1
RE: no its not
By ViperROhb34 on 10/30/2006 6:52:55 PM , Rating: 2
You sound like a madman.. possibly a Sony fanboy who has almost sexual jealousy over what quality is better..

The REAL truth is most people wouldnt know or be hard pressed to see 1080p differentiated from 1080i since 1080i when displayed properly on superior codecs such as what HD-DVD uses really has no quality difference.

Real life example here. Using Component with Bluray disables its quality - yes thats true- but the quality is still above regular DVD ! ! What does this mean to avg Joe - 80% of the world still watching on regular TV sets?
It means since it looks better then 480p DVD.. they won't be able to see any loss or benefit at all !

Another real life example. Most Current HD-TV sets do not even come close to displaying the REAL MAXIMUM resolution of HD-DVD or Bluray.. While many set support 1080i, and some support 1080p.. very few actually show all those pixels even if they can support the format..

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