Bank holiday Monday sees the release of Microsoft's free 'spring update' for the Xbox 360, bringing with it a host of tweaks and improvements to the system...
is not mentioned,is it still included??
im sure i heard it wasn't supported on Major Nelson but that nay have been divX
it better be! lol
the only thing i HATE about the video side of the Xbox 360 is that it doesnt habe AVI support, the funny thing is, my camcorder can record in .avi yet when i tried to burn my little brothers birthday to a disc (decoding it) it said it was an illegal file lol! anyway i REALLY want my 360 to be able to play .avi files as i have alot of them ;)
Now I can stream most of my movies, which is my favorite part of this update.
You could do anyway stream almost all formats using orb or tversity. I am streaming most of the vid formats from xvid to mkv to avi to mp4 using orb. But would be good to burn these movies to a dvd-rs and play directly from the drive as you'll get more control over the playback.
Yea, I want to know when I can buy the keyboard too.
I think MS said that the keyboard should be out in the Summer time. Not sure on a date though but i can't wait for the Spring Update, i wanna see how MSN Live Messenger is gonna work.
My friend is a manager at EB Games and there isn't even a SKU for it yet...
Great. Can't wait to try out MSN live messenger.
Can we use our USB Keyboards for MSN? I assume for.... either way looking forward to the update!
I have a USB board that is white and the same size as my 360 so it sits nicely on top
looks like a land faar from the battle field...so quiet,with out fanboy-wars
Ya your allowed to use a USB keyboard in place of the controller on.
Personally I am going to get the keyboard it looks bomb.
The keyboard is out in summertime it says so in the article. and yea kewlKat I am looking forward to the movie thing as well, I have a ton of DLed Dvix and AVI movies.
LOL..My half tera storage is 3/4 full cuz of the movies. The HD ones take huge space.
i bet the forza2 demo will come out with this update.
not monday, change the title.
Um, because it doesnt come out until monday?
Uhhh, everything says monday.
Hell, it will be saturday before we ever get this thing resolved.
Mods!! Where are you when we need you?
It will be nice to see a new and improved dashboard, but I'm not extremely excited for the update. Most of the features seem like they are for videos, and the 360 is not a very good DVD player, unless you have purchased the HD-DVD add-on, and I have not, since I'm waiting to see who comes out on top.
I also don't see a point in getting that new keyboard if you already own a USB one. I already use my USB to send text messages, so I definitely don't want to get the Qwerty thing. I really doubt I take full advantage of the new chat feature anyways.
I just hope they made the music player a better feature. If I can't rewind or fast forward music after the Spring Update, I'm going to be a very sad fellow.
dirtysyko - I don't have any experience with the HD DVD add on, however I I do have a Mac Pro with 2 TB of storage and I've been streaming all the HD .wmv's I can get my grubby little hands on. I for one, think they look great. I have an oppo upscaling dvd player that upscales my standard def dvd's to 1080i, and there really is NO COMPARISON. Although my dvds look much better than they would on say a progressive scan 480p player with the oppo, the streamed HD .wmv's really surprised me.
Because I run a Mac, unless I want to run Parallels, I don't have the option of using TVersity or ORB, so unfortunately I'm stuck using connect360. Now, apparantly if I were a little more tech saavy I could still find a way to transcode this stuff but frankly I am not. I agree with what you are saying about this update being a bit more for video playing, I am eagerly awaiting it in hopes of a divX or .avi support. I may just be a total dork but I feel a silly geeky sense of accomplishment when I can stream this stuff off a server to my living room in HD. The more formats the merrier for me.
As far as the use of a standard usb keyboard vs the controller keyboard goes - the only benefit I can see is not having to put the controller down to type, then pick it back up to play etc. This would start to bug me over time, but I'm damned lazy.
This looks really good and it will be good to talk to people on MSN while playing Gears and such.
sweet i hope it has the most popular video codecs so that i can watch my movies on xbox 360
next time i want ms to introduce features specificly related to gaming
PLEASE support .AVI files! PLEASE!
then alls you have to do is go to runtime360.com and download 360 transcoder go through the setup reboot your computer and then go through media center on your 360(if you have a connection already) and go to the file you want to play tap x and go to more there will be an option to transcode which should play your file worked for me with 300!!!!
Have you tried orb or tversity? They are much easier to work with. Just install and configure which folders you want to share and then its done. You will find orb in the media blade when you get asked for connecting to the pc.
dude all these ppl aren't listening to us i guess they don't realize that you can already view .avi and .divx files on your xbox360 but in answr to ur ? no i have not but i already have transcode downloaded and now alls i do is go into my files and hit transcode and it plays. is orb and tversity faster loading? and can you like fastforward w/o having to worry about the stream messin up to badly?
which means by tuesday sony fans will be flooding the message boards saying "the update bricked my 360".
But whats even bigger is if the deal that I just saw on Fox News...If Microsoft buying Yahoo goes through...WOW...I see what Microsoft is doing with this whole Live Anywhere plan. WOW
"I got an Xbox where my PS3 used to be.." chorus repeat 4x
This will just add more features the PS3 will copy.
Sorry guys it has been stated that there will be no avi or div x support, so all your torrent files wont work unless you convert them to wmv.
Oh no! All of my completely illegal rips of movies and TV shows have to be CONVERTED before I can view them? Aw, shucks.
If the rumors are true can we play avi's and h.264 through portable usb disk or just stream them from PC?
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