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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 Doormat on 10/30/2006 2:34:58 PM , Rating: -1
Wrong. At least with DLP 1080p TVs. I havent done enough research on LCD displays to speak authoritatively.

My HL-R6168W supports 1080p via VGA. It DOESNT support 1080p in via DVI/HDMI - read the AVS forums thread at These are the first gen 1080p units (2005-6 model year).

The newest models (2nd gen 1080p units, Samsungs at least) do support 1080p in via HDMI, but they've only been out since June or July (I think). If your 1080p TV is older than that it probably doesnt support 1080p in via HDMI.

Now you might be thinking of the constraint token on HDDVD/BRD that is supposed to prevent analog output of the HD image. This flag has been waived by the studios for a while (how long, I dont know, maybe forever). It doesnt apply to video games however, so I can play any 1080p games made and see them in 1080p via VGA.

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