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MacBytes
Dec 2, 2007, 11:28 AM
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Category: 3rd Party Hardware
Link: Xbox 360 Update Adds Divx, iPhone/iPod Support (http://www.macbytes.com/link.php?sid=20071202122824)
Description:: Microsoft will release a number of updates for its Xbox 360's dashboard and Live service starting next week, adding support for compressed movies and Apple portable devices, the company said.

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lozanoj83
Dec 2, 2007, 12:00 PM
Dam how I wish I had an xbox now. Its good though that microsoft is adding more compatability with other things other than itself. Now if only we'd get Divx support on the iPod. Hmmm

psychofreak
Dec 2, 2007, 12:01 PM
This is awesome...I'm sick of having to watch my DivX on this 13" screen...

Yvan256
Dec 2, 2007, 12:41 PM
DivX is standard MPEG-4 video with standard MPEG Layer 3 Audio inside a 20-years-old .avi container (and VBR MP3 is not even allowed inside an .avi).

Why people keep asking for DivX support instead of using standard .mp4 files is beyond me.

psychofreak
Dec 2, 2007, 12:42 PM
DivX is standard MPEG-4 video with standard MPEG Layer 3 Audio inside a 20-years-old .avi container (and VBR MP3 is not even allowed inside an .avi).

Why people keep asking for DivX support instead of using standard .mp4 files is beyond me.

Because many videos come in .avi format, even if mp4 is better...

Stig McNasty
Dec 2, 2007, 01:25 PM
Hmmm, makes me glad I didn't fork out 200 on an Apple TV. I can finally put all my movies in one accesible place, and not have shed loads of DVD's floating around the room. It's almost enlightened of M$... or is that the whiskey talking?

psychofreak
Dec 2, 2007, 01:26 PM
Hmmm, makes me glad I didn't fork out 200 on an Apple TV. I can finally put all my movies in one accesible place, and not have shed loads of DVD's floating around the room. It's almost enlightened of M$... or is that the whiskey talking?

Its more because Sony did it I think, and AppleTV is good for people who buy from the iTS. Also, the UI on the XBOX media-center-thing isn't very nice...

I'm still excited though...

Stig McNasty
Dec 2, 2007, 01:47 PM
Yeah I suppose it's a case of keeping up with PS3, and if Sony can bite the Divx bullet then Mr Gates' outfit have to follow suit. Maybe they'll improve the UI with the update? Or is that like seeing your (psychofreak) icon fly...?

Schtumple
Dec 2, 2007, 01:50 PM
Awesome news, have they stopped the 1/3 dying problem or is that still on going?

Really tempted to get one now.

jaw04005
Dec 2, 2007, 02:50 PM
Don't you find it somewhat ironic that DivX announced a partnership with Sony for the PS3 just a few weeks before?

Microsoft is technically shipping MPEG-4 Part II support. It's compatible with DivX (along with xVID and Nero Digital). MPEG-4 Part II does not support "enhanced features" from DivX, Inc such as menu support, etc.

But most people could careless if the 360 is "certified" by DivX, Inc or not.

Great move, Microsoft.

Chris Welch
Dec 2, 2007, 04:46 PM
Uh... iPhone support? No, not quite.

The Xbox also will also support Apple's venerable media players. Although the iPhone and iPod touch will not be formally supported for normal audio and video streaming, the former will be recognized as a Picture Transfer Protocol (PTP) camera. Both the iPod classic and third-generation iPod nano will be fully recognized with the update.

It already has the picture functionality when connected. So, the update isn't changing anything for the iPhone.

MacRumorUser
Dec 2, 2007, 05:05 PM
The ipod classic 160gb works anyway ? I was using it earlier ? :confused:

zap2
Dec 2, 2007, 05:19 PM
Awesome news, have they stopped the 1/3 dying problem or is that still on going?

Really tempted to get one now.

Personal, I doubt it was 1/3 of them die, but yes the released a new model with 65nm chips in it......that fixes the problem. Also I think they said they changed something before that(while they were still large, and hotter chips) which was supposed to help.

xtbfx
Dec 2, 2007, 05:32 PM
This is awesome...I'm sick of having to watch my DivX on this 13" screen...

Go to BestBuy, and buy yourself a $40 DVD player that plays Divx. That's what I did. Best $40 I've ever spent.

TimJim
Dec 2, 2007, 05:41 PM
Good, that with Connect360 it's like Apple TV :)

solvs
Dec 3, 2007, 06:48 AM
Go to BestBuy, and buy yourself a $40 DVD player that plays Divx. That's what I did. Best $40 I've ever spent.

Or just buy a $20 TV-out cable for the MacBook.

psychofreak
Dec 3, 2007, 06:58 AM
Go to BestBuy, and buy yourself a $40 DVD player that plays Divx. That's what I did. Best $40 I've ever spent.

I don't want to have to burn video...its all about Connect360 :)

I'm sure their customer base will rocket...

Cromulent
Dec 3, 2007, 07:01 AM
Personal, I doubt it was 1/3 of them die, but yes the released a new model with 65nm chips in it......that fixes the problem. Also I think they said they changed something before that(while they were still large, and hotter chips) which was supposed to help.

No idea but I sent mine off for repair and they sent me a brand new one as a replacement. I was pretty chuffed, plus they gave me one months free Xbox Live Gold as well. I don't hate Microsoft quite so much now :).

jaw04005
Dec 3, 2007, 08:27 AM
No idea but I sent mine off for repair and they sent me a brand new one as a replacement. I was pretty chuffed, plus they gave me one months free Xbox Live Gold as well. I don't hate Microsoft quite so much now :).

Unless your unit came sealed in a new box with retail packaging, you did not receive a a brand new unit. To my knowledge, all replacement units are refurbished returns.

robanga
Dec 11, 2007, 09:11 PM
The 360 is really a pretty slick media center. The "blade" based UI is excellent in my opinion, not to mention the gaming experience.

I now have access to both my recorded TV on windows media center and the iTunes based media on the mac.