Xbox 360: Fall Update – full feature list

At last, here’s the full feature list of the fall update coming to your Xbox 360 on December 4. The list is taken from Xbox.com:

  • Improved Video Library.
  • Improved visuals and descriptions.
  • Users can now sort movies and TV Shows in the video library by Title or (Download) Date.
  • TV shows can now be grouped by Series .
  • Group video and game trailers .
  • Art associated with personal video files on a portable device will now be displayed.
  • Easier to use media areas and improved metadata .
  • Improved source selection for video, picture, and music libraries, making it easier to switch between console/digital camera, computer, portable device or disc.
  • New “Suggested Items” link for downloaded movies.

Feature Details:

Media – All

  • Added more user friendly text for various error related messages
  • Added Shortcut keys from Remote Control: Pressing Play on a Video/Song/Picture will immediately start playback of that item from the list (pressing Start from gamepad does the same thing)
  • Added support for Album/Video artwork larger than 500kb
  • Added support to enumerate metadata in the background and not just when selected by the user
  • Added support to make sort options sticky across console reboots
  • Added support to show all available Media Sharing Servers on the local network and allow automatic re-affiliation
  • Automatically delete older versions of Optional Media Update package when new ones are downloaded
  • Improved consistency in storage naming across all areas
  • Improved performance for displaying Album Art when connected to remote sources
  • Improved text messaging when connection to PC is lost when streaming Music/Photo or videos

Media – Music

  • Added support for CD Playback from music area in Xbox 360 Guide area
  • Added support for listing multiple computer sources in Xbox Guide music sources
  • Added support for Y button to toggle full screen on and off for music visualizer
  • Disable ‘play all’ button when folders only contains playlists (with no audio files)
  • Disable Y button when no list items selected in Music player
  • Improved device support for new iPods (classic and 3rd gen Nano) – iPhone and iPod touch are not supported
  • Improved error handling for mixed encoded playlists (aac,mp3,wma)
  • Improved handling for MTP Music devices with >200k entries
  • Improved handling of game background music after playing videos in Dashboard
  • Improved handling of music playback over games (if music source terminates or has errors, background music returns to game background)
  • Improved performance for “Play All” with attached MTP devices
  • Improved performance of music enumeration via Guide
  • Improved robustness when playing back HFS+ formatted iPods
  • Improved support for returning to game background audio when user’s music player session terminates
  • Improved support for scrolling song lists while listening to music during game playback
  • Improved support when ejecting game disc while selecting music source through Guide

Media – Pics

  • Added support to display PNG files when streamed from Windows Media Player 11 on Vista
  • Improved enumeration for PTP cameras including Cannon Powershot SD 630 and Apple Iphone
  • Improved playback performance of “Play All” when PC source has 1000s of photos and subdirectories
  • Support Folder view of Photos from MTP Portable Devices
  • Media – Video
  • Added 2 line support for entries in the Video Area of the Media Blade
  • Added ability to recognize Colorspace attribute for Video Marketplace Content
  • Added fade in transition for start of video playback
  • Added full screen buffering animation for streaming videos from Xbox LIVE
  • Added Suggestions scene for Video Library area in Media blade of the Dashboard
  • Added support for 16x Fast-forward/Rewind
  • Added support for AC3 embedded audio (see video faq for full information)
  • Added support for enumeration of video files from Zune 2.0 devices
  • Added support for Left Shoulder button on controller to chapter skip backward
  • Added support for Left Trigger button on controller to rewind
  • Added support for moving past the point user has viewed when doing progressive downloads of Video Marketplace videos
  • Added support for MP3 embedded audio (see video faq for full information)
  • Added support for Mpeg-4 part 2 video files in AVI containers
  • Added support for Right Shoulder button on controller to chapter skip forward
  • Added support for Right Trigger button on controller to fast forward
  • Added support for Zune Podcast video playback from Zune device
  • Added support to display metadata and thumbnails embedded in video files
  • Added support to enumerate .divx video files
  • Added support to group TV shows by Series in Video Library of Media Blade
  • Added support to group Video and Game Trailers into same area of Video Library of Media Blade
  • Added support to sort Movies or TV Shows by Title or Download date in Video Library of Media Blade
  • Added top level support to show expired or soon to expire information for purchased movies from Video Marketplace in Media Blade
  • Improve support for “Play Now” calculations with ISP that boost download for the first 20MB of a file
  • Improved accuracy of bookmark positions when video player abnormally ends
  • Improved accuracy of download progress bar after chapter skipping operations
  • Improved auto resizing experience for small (under 100×100) video files
  • Improved Bookmark / Resume experience with 60fps Interlaced WMV videos
  • Improved bookmark support while progressively downloading videos from Marketplace
  • Improved calculations for “Play Now” for Video Marketplace downloads
  • Improved deinterlacer support for video playback
  • Improved enumeration speed for user-generated video content in Media Blade
  • Improved error message support when playing back video files without valid licenses
  • Improved error message support when pulling USB drive while playing back video files
  • Improved handling for USB memory stick removal while on Video device selection list in Media blade
  • Improved handling of video playback when transitioning from 4x FF to Play with MP4 video files
  • Improved handling of WMV bookmarks when rewinding and shutting down video player
  • Improved info pane timer when playing back DRM’s WMV content from Windows Media Player 11 from Windows PC
  • Improved message support for progressive video playback
  • Improved overall UI, content descriptions and navigation of Video Library of Media Blade
  • Improved performance during Fast Forward to Playback transition when playing back MP4 content
  • Improved performance for buffering and playback of streaming videos from Xbox LIVE
  • Improved performance for low bandwidth streaming of MP4 videos from Zune PC software v1.0
  • Improved performance of skip forward/backward with WMV video files
  • Improved performance of trick modes when streaming videos from Zune PC client
  • Improved performance of WMV playback for WMV7 & WMV8 encoded video files
  • Improved playback experience after extended pauses of video files from Marketplace
  • Improved playback experience when resuming from a stopped/paused state
  • Improved playback performance for h264 720p .MOV files
  • Improved playback performance with 1920×1080 MP4 files
  • Improved playback performance with 5Mb h264 encoded video files
  • Improved playback performance with 60fps 720×480 MP4 content
  • Improved playback performance with h264 files in .m4v containers
  • Improved quality for upscaled user videos when played back full screen
  • Improved quality of MP4 decoder: Global Motion Compensation and VMX optimizations
  • Improved quality of MP4 decoder: improved Interlaced Support
  • Improved quality of MP4 decoder: Out of order frame output, bidirectional motion vector handling, etc.
  • Improved quality with non-square pixel video files
  • Improved responsiveness of trick mode controls for video playback
  • Improved robustness during chapter skipping of h264 video files
  • Improved robustness for streaming problematic video files from Zune PC Software 1.0 or Windows Media Player 11
  • Improved robustness of video player when playback catches up to downloads in progressive playback scenarios
  • Improved robustness of video streaming when network congestion / stalls occur
  • Improved robustness when closing video player after attempting to play a video file that would not open
  • Improved robustness when entering and exiting video playback on a portable device repeatedly
  • Improved robustness when exiting video files encoded in h264 and playing back from attached USB HDD
  • Improved robustness when playing back Mp4 video with consecutive bad aac samples encoded into it
  • Improved robustness when shutting down console during h264 video playback
  • Improved robustness when trying to play a video recently moved from MU to HDD or vice versa
  • Improved robustness with video player when exiting player via Xbox Guide button -> Y
  • Improved support for AAC-LC 2 channel encoded audio in MP4 video files
  • Improved support for chapter skipping during progressive downloads of Marketplace Video content
  • Improved support for MP4 video files with discontinuous time stamps encoded in
  • Improved support for MP4 video playback from burned optical dvd-r’s
  • Improved support for resuming downloaded videos after reaching end of an uncompleted download
  • Improved support for resuming partially downloaded videos from Marketplace
  • Improved support for using Big Button controller during video playback
  • Improved support for Video bookmarks when playing MP4 videos from USB portable hard drives
  • Improved sync of video display and info pane display when rewinding
  • Improved text for Windows Media Center setup instructions
  • Improved Trick mode support when streaming videos with AAC embedded audio
  • Improved video performance for 60fps interlaced WMV videos
  • Improved Video performance with 15Mbs 1080i 24fps WMV video files
  • Improved video playback for Fast-forward and immediate exit usage with h264 video files
  • Improved video playback of MP4 content from Zune PC Software v1.0
  • Improved video playback when source content has incorrect sync samples encoded
  • Improved video quality for SD Composite AV pack displays of the on-screen display for video controls
  • Improved video support for chapter skipping of MP4 videos
  • Improved Videotrick mode support with 24fps 1080i WMV video files
  • Improved visual display of WMV video files while rewinding
  • Improved WMV Playback performance for 60fps and 1080i 30fps videos
  • Improved WMV7 performance with VLC encoded content
  • Removed occasional purple flickers in video playback when transitioning between FF and RW
  • Removed potential 9 second delay when rewinding WMV video files

System

  • Added fade out transition when powering down console
  • Added support for browsing XNA games within the Games blade
  • Added support for video playback from UDFS formatted USB devices
  • Added support for XNA Game Studio Express V.2
  • Added support to connect to Apple Extreme routers in 802.11a/n mode
  • Added support to pause background downloads when streaming full screen videos or ads
  • Added support to retrieve game thumbnail directly from XNA game package
  • Added system wide support for Simplified Chinese language
  • Added text to explain flashing LED in the Ring of Light during background download low power mode
  • Addressed rare case where game disc would spin in the DVD drive while playing HD-DVD Movie in external HD-DVD drive
  • Disable Optical audio output when in low power background download mode
  • DVD player no longer converts to YCbCr709 when output is over HDMI
  • Improved auto sign-in to Xbox LIVE with Xbox 360 Wireless Adapter
  • Improved clock accuracy for S/PDIF optical streams
  • Improved compatibility with NEC WR8400N WiFi routers
  • Improved download speeds when in low power background download mode
  • Improved DVD Tray State notifications immediately after application of System Update
  • Improved Forced Aspect Ratio Changes via HDMI output (including DVI)
  • Improved handling when ejecting game disc during game start
  • Improved handling when removing MU after sending Arcade game recommendation to friend
  • Improved localization text for Wifi setup in German
  • Improved performance for Game Titles to reboot in backcompat scenarios
  • Improved performance of Xbox Guide during Messenger signin
  • Improved robustness when ejecting game disc when prompted for game title update
  • Improved robustness when inserting two MU’s at the same time on the device selector scene
  • Improved support for 3rd Party Controllers
  • Improved support for Buffalo WiFi routers
  • Improved support for Creston AV receivers with HDMI
  • Improved support for JPN Corega CG-BARFX network router
  • Improved support for signing into Xbox LIVE with Big Button Controller
  • Improved support for starting console with Big Button Controller when console is charging attached Wireless Controllers
  • Improved Xbox guide performance ~2x
  • Removed “Windows-based PC” from Computers area in Systems blade
  • Removed option to “Turn off Controller” when using Big Button Controller
  • Resync the Ring of Light pattern to the boot audio/animation
  • Updated copyright dates for 2007

Here’s some additional info on Video playback, taken from the Xbox Teams blog – Video Playback FAQ:

Xbox 360 supports the following for AVI:

  • File Extensions: .avi, .divx
  • Containers: AVI
  • Video Profiles: MPEG-4 Part 2, Simple & Advanced Simple Profile
  • Video Bitrate: 5 Mbps with resolutions of 1280 x 720 at 30fps. See question number 11 for more information.
  • Audio Profiles: Dolby® Digital 2 channel and 5.1 channel, MP3
  • Audio Max Bitrate: No restrictions. See question number 11 for more information.

What specific features of Mpeg-4 Advanced Simple Profile does the Xbox 360 support?

  • The Xbox 360 supports Bidirectional Frames (BVOPs), Interlaced Frames, Quarter Pixel Motion Compensation, Global Motion Compensation, and MPEG Quantization.

What types of AVI files are supported?

  • The Xbox 360 supports files encoded using MPEG-4 Part 2, Simple and Advanced Simple Profile. These files are often referred to as Xvid or DivX® video files. Many common PC DVD authoring tools, cameras, and camcorders are capable of encoding files using MPEG-4. Note that some files authored for DivX devices may also contain additional functionality(menus, subtitles, multiple audio tracks, etc). The Xbox 360 will attempt to play these files, but does not support any of the additional functionality and in some cases will be unable to play the file.

Wii: Virtual Conosle games – Europe – Friday November 30, 2007

Europe got two new Virtual Console games to download today, Friday November 30.

Baseball Stars 2
NeoGeo – 1992 by D4 Enterprise – sports/baseball – 1-2 players – 900 points – age 3+

Baseball Stars 2 is the hard-hitting seguel to the arcade game Baseball Stars Professional; combining lively, cartoon-stryle presentation with a faithful simulation of major league baseball.

Choose from 12 different ficinal teams (with crazy names like Tokyo Ninjas or New York Monsters) and aim to become the best in two thrilling skill modes: Fighting League, featuring computer-aided fielding; and Exciting League, when you’re on your own!

Power up with special bats that can hit extra-long, throw blazing fast pitches, and call up substitute ‘pinch hitters’ in times of need. Baseball Stars 2 is as powerful and dynamic a baseball experience as you can find. Play ball!

The Dynastic Hero
Turbografx – 1993 by Hudson Soft – action rpg – 1 player – 800 points – age 7+

The Dynastic hero is an action RPG which takes place in Tarron, the land of insects. Our story begins with the invasion of this peaceful land by the evil Drillkor Empire. Rushing to the insects’ aid is Dyna, the prince of Beetras!

Players take control of Dyna as he battles through action-filled stages. Equip weapons and items to vanquish the relentless foes, and acquire special items that eneable you to brave the journey through the perilous desert or open sea!

But it’s no just all action. Challenge multiple-choice quizzes, play the Ocarina to find the right melody used to open doors – countless traps and puzzles such as these are sure to keep players entertained! There’s enough fun packed into this game to keep you coming back for more.

Is this your Christmas present?

Is this your Christmas present? I came across this on Play-Asia.com. It’s a handheld Sega Mega Drive (or Genesis in the US) with 20 build in games. Sadly, non game are listed, but as the picture below shows, it looks to include Sonic & Knuckles and Ecco the Dolphine. I can’t figure out the two others. You can also connect the handheld to TV (uses NTSC).

You can get the Sega Mega Drive Portable Video Game Player from Play-Asia.com at US$39.90.

Here’s the text taken from Play-Asia.com:

  • Plug & play portable video game system
  • 20 built-in 16-bit SEGA licensed games
  • Built-in speakers
  • TV out connection
  • TV format: NTSC
  • Requires 3xAAA size batteries. (battery not included)

The Mega Drive Portable is a video game player, which is pre-loaded with 20 classic games from SEGA Master System. There is no need to buy game cartridges. The Mega Drive Portable game player has an A/V connector and with the included cable the player can be connected to any TV. The built-in SEGA games provide action adventure while testing your intelligence and skill. Enjoy playing classic SEGA games anytime, anywhere with the new Mega Drive Portable video game player.


Xbox 360: Backwards compatibility update

Today the backwards compatibility list of original Xbox games playable on Xbox 360 was updated. (source: MajorNelson.com)

Here is the latest added games:

2006 Fifa World Cup Germany

25 to Life

AMF Bowling 2004

Apex

Arena Football

Armed and Dangerous

Baldurs Gate: Dark Alliance

Batman Rise of Sin Tzu

Bionicle

Blade II

Blinx: The Timesweeper

Blitz The League

Blood Omen 2

Blowout

Breakdown

Burnout 2: Point of Impact

Cabelas Dangerous Hunts 2

Championship Manager 2006

Colin Mcrae Rally 2005

Crime Life: Gang Wars

Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX 2

Dungeons& Dragons Heroes

ESPN College Hoops 2k5

ESPN NFL 2k5

Fantastic 4

FIFA 06 Soccer

Fight Night: Round 3

Final Fight: Streetwise

Forgotten Realms: Demon Stone

Freedom Fighters

Freestyle Street Soccer

Future Tactics: The Uprising

Godzilla Destroy All Monsters Melee

Godzilla Save the Earth

Goldeneye Rogue Agent

Greg Hastings Tournament Paintball Max’d

High Heat MLB 2004

Hunter: The Reckoning

Indiana Jones And The Emperors Tomb

MLB Slugfest Loaded

MVP Baseball 2003

MVP Baseball 2004

MVP Baseball 2005

Nascar Thunder 2002

Nascar Thunder 2003

NBA 2k3

NBA Ballers

NBA Inside Drive 2002

NBA Street V3

NCAA College Basketball 2k3

NCAA March Madness 2005

NCAA March Madness 2006

NFL 2k2

NFL 2k3

NHL 2005

NHL 2K3

NHL Hitz Pro

Nightcaster: Defeat The Darkness

NTRA Breeders Cup: World Thoroughbred Championships

Playboy The Mansion

RLH Hunt or be Hunted

Robin Hood: Defender of the Crown

Rocky

Rugby 2006

Shattered Union

Shrek Super Party

Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter

Starsky & Hutch

Syberia II

Techmo Classic Arcade

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

Test Drive

The Bard’s Tale

The Chronicles of Narnia The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

The Guy Game

The Lord Of The Rings: The Third Age

Thousand Land

Thrillville

Tom and Jerry in War of the Whiskers

Turok: Evolution

Van Helsing

WarPath

Worms 3D

Zathura