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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 dijuremo on 10/31/2006 10:11:16 AM , Rating: 2
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This is a good thing... no HDCP sounds good to me. (I don't have a compliant display anyway. I have a 1080p projector with VGA only.


This is a bad thing for movies that are protected with HDCP. They will not play at full resolution (1080p) unless the HDCP negotiation goes through. Since there is no HDCP support on VGA or Component outputs, then it means that you will never be able to play 1080p content that is protected with HDCP on your Xbox 360. Otherwise, Microsoft would have to hack HDCP in order to do so and that would be illegal. So in the end, you can only use 1080p on the games.

I also read something about the 360 not having enough frame buffer memory to keep 2 full 1080p frames, but that was said by a Sony guy, so I am not sure how much that matters.

In any case, on the movie side of things, Ps3 - 1, Xbox 360 - 0


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