Monday, October 30, 2006

Microsoft Adds 1080p Support With Xbox Update

Microsoft said it will issue a Halloween update to its Microsoft Live! service on Tuesday, adding more than 85 new enhancements to its online service, including 1080p support.

The enhancements are a grab bag of fixes and updates, including such improvements as the 1080p support, enhancements to the Xbox Live Arcade system, as well as the ability to stream video to the console in a variety of different formats.

The update's coming tomorrow with the following features, quoted from Microsoft's press release:

* Expanded HD Display and Video Playback Options With 1080p resolution, gamers now have the ability to enjoy both game and video content in the best HD resolution currently available.

* Expanded video playback options increase the ways gamers can enjoy video content on Xbox 360. It is now possible to stream WMV video from a Windows PC running Windows Media Player 11 or Windows Media Connect.

* Gamers can now play video files from data CDs and DVDs, as well as from storage devices like USB 2.0 flash drives and Xbox 360 Memory Units.

* Xbox 360 will support 50hz HDTV display modes, providing viewers greater choice in how they watch DVD and HD DVD content.

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