Xbox 360 DivX/XviD Playback Tested (Verdict: It's Almost Perfect)

The Xbox 360 supports DivX and XviD as of today, which may make some of you with big file collections (like us) as giddy as a kid in store with puppies made of candy. We threw our entire collection of movies, TV shows and random clips at it and found that the 360 can play back pretty much anything. Here are some notes.

You can play files off of a CD/DVD. This feature wasn't listed on the Xbox Team's website as one of the supported locations for playing back content, but this is fantastic for homes that have wireless networks (or no network at all). In fact, reading off a disc is probably the best way to ensure your movie won't cut out in the middle due to network congestion (unlikely) or someone turning off the computer accidentally (fairly likely).

It supports almost all files. It played back all TV shows we threw at it, including My Name is Earl, 30 Rock, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Battlestar Galactica, and The Venture Bros.. Most of these, and most TV downloaded TV shows, are encoded in XviD format. As for DivX, that's supported back to version 5.0, but it's unlikely that you're going to find any DivX 3 or DivX 4 online, unless you're talking about old files you've saved for a couple years.

AC3 Audio is supported. Nice! AC3 support was added in the Spring Update, but it's nice to see it working with DivX/XviD. Too bad it's not 5.1 though.

It supports Windows Home Server as well. Along with USB drives and WMP11 streaming, you can also stream DivX/XviD from Windows Home Server too. It makes sense to store all your videos on here, since videos are big and WHS has a lot of room. QED.

Video Stretching is kind of weird. The Xbox will try and auto-fit your video to the screen when it starts playing, but it gets confused easily with different video dimensions. You'll want to manually change the playback mode to either letterbox or stretched, depending on what kind of content (widescreen, fullscreen, PAL) you're playing back.

You can skip through a video with the bumpers. RB and LB let you skip forward and back through the movie, but might not be granular enough to get to the place you want to be. You'll have to use the trigger buttons to FF or RW.

It's fast. If your network connection is fast enough (my network is Gigabit Ethernet enabled, which isn't a huge deal since the 360 is only 10/100), the video should play back without a hitch. It's quite nice to be able to play back stuff on your 360, in HD, without having to transcode it into WMV first.

It doesn't work in Windows Media Center Extender. You're going to have to kick out of WMC and back to the dashboard in order to play your videos. Annoying for people who like to switch between live TV and downloaded content.

It's not entirely perfect. It's 90% of the way there, but 5.1 AC3 support, improved handling of different video dimensions, better playback controls and Windows Media Center Extender support will make this the perfect DivX/Xvid implementation.

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Zhuk3877d ago (Edited 3877d ago )

The Xbox 360 is the first console ever to officially support the DivX codec. Xbox 360 consumers are excited for the possibilities this has brought to their home entertainment setup and it is a great addition to the Xbox 360s already AAA award winning media capabilities.

Sony proves yet again it's all talk no substance and has yet to provide DivX support to its mistreated consumers

Neurotoxin3877d ago (Edited 3877d ago )

The 360 should have had this ages ago seeing as the console has been out for 2 1/2 years. Seeing as comparably the PS3 is getting the same thing after only 1 1/2 years you best be quiet you flaming troll.

For all you Legitimate non-biased 360 owners, i`m glad to hear its working well, its a great progression on the media capabilities of the Xbox.

kewlkat0073877d ago (Edited 3877d ago )

I've been going back and fourth, as to who would get more playtime, as my main MEDIA device and it seems like Sony Lost for now..unless their support is more robust.

Tversity with PS3 had worked very well, besides the downgraded stream, It looks just as good as my XBMC on my old Original XBOX, which is what I was used to.

Anyhow this is the BEST UPDATE for me PERSONALLY.

There have been too many work arounds to get MEDIA playing as they should on the PS3 or Xbox 360.

One thing I'am waiting for is the "Linux version" of "XBMC" which will be a pleasure in like a year, if it can get working on the PS3. "XBMC software" runs circles around these 2 consoles as MEDIA PLAYERS.

Like some one stated "corporate software Vs open source" is sometimes a joke. Sony did announce DIVX partnership or something like that like a month ago on but everyone thinks, it will be availible with HOME debut, but nothing about XVID, which is DIVX's rival?

-In game Dash functions (check)
-XVID/DIVX Streaming support (check)
-Thorough Upgrades worth the 6 months (check)

MY 360 and PS3 is connected ot my network so using the Media Share funcionality I won't need to connect no USB drive/External, I just search for my Computer/Movie on the console and hit Play.

bootsielon3877d ago

...seem as if you were giving a Microsoft press release?

DeejayTai3877d ago

But when ps3 gets Divx, then what? The ass-kicking will continue, that's what.

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Charlie26883877d ago (Edited 3877d ago )

I found it to be far from perfect more like a 75-80% the way there

After messing around all morning with the DivX support this is what I found

-Finally DivX support (YAY)
-Finally able to watch your favorite DivX movies on a TV or HDTV (with improved visual quality)
-Majority of new files should work (if its new it should work)
-AC3 Audio is supported (YAY for better quality audio)

-Apparently only pure DivX works flawlessly (had trouble with some files that apparently had other unknown codecs)
-Several DivX files with additional codecs don't work like H264 (bye bye high quality anime, this one is specifically worrying since the majority of fansubers for highquality use DivX with H264)
-Files with old DivX don't work at all (bye bye old classic anime)
-Some of the lucky old coded DivX files have problems (your old anime or videos that actually works play like crap)

while its good to finally have a DivX codec support a more complete support would have been a LOT better specially for the downloading and anime aficionados, I specifically found a HUGE bummer that old DivX is not supported cuz there is the chance that if you have been downloading for a long time or have classics they simply wont work and if you wanna watch then in your 360 you might have to look for new version and re download (and that sometimes is not available) I also didn't like that DivX didn't worked with h264 on the 360 since h264 is becoming very popular among high quality releases

OpiZA3877d ago (Edited 3877d ago )

I'm very happy with the support... and while it may not output 5.1 (as per the article, haven't tested since I have a stereo system), it definitely reads 6 channel AC3 files (Tested with Lady in the water) and most likely mixes down to Stereo

Covenant3877d ago

I'm going to test it on my system today...looking forward to all that sweet video goodness.

Boink3877d ago

I was fooling around with it this morning, I'm quite impressed. gonna download some bluray/hddvd rips tonight and test them out:)

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