Monday, October 30, 2006

XBox360 Fall Halloween Update

The latest XBox360 Dashboard Update should appear sometime tomorrow (yes Halloween) and there is a full list of changes Here, but below is 17 changes that I believe are interesting:
  • 1080p output over VGA and component cables.
  • HD-DVD Player support (UK release date 24th of November).
  • Streaming WMV video from PCs running Media Player 11 (Download)
  • Video playback from CD, DVD and USB Memory Units.
  • Support for the new Wirless Headset and Wireless Racing Wheel (Both Released in the UK on 24th of November).
  • An option to Automatically download new Arcade Titles as they become available.
  • Faster loading of the list of Arcade games present on the system.
  • View Leaderboard data from the Dashboard.
  • 'Tell A Friend' option for arcade titles.
  • Option to disable 360 notifications while watching films.
  • Improved handling of unreadable DVDs (I thought this was already amazing).
  • Added parental support to block unrated DVDs.
  • Improved video playback from fragmented drives and playback while downloading from XBox Live (I haven't had that problem, but somepeople have had an issue with stuttery playback).
  • Improved voice chat quality.
  • Added ability to clear space from storage devices in download areas.
  • Improved look and feel in XBox Live Marketplace and XBox Live Arcade areas.
  • Removed system message at the start of new downloads. Messages will only be displayed for completed items.
Additional: Apparently the update will be seen sometime after 2AM PST (10AM GMT).