Xbox 360: now with H.264, MPEG-4, PlaysForSure

Microsoft has snuck in some great new additions to the upcoming Spring Dashboard release. Beginning the week of May 7, 2007, the Xbox 360 Spring Update will provide Xbox 360 owners worldwide with access to Windows Live Messenger features, broadening the communication options on the Xbox Live social network. Including the ability to streaming MPEG-4 Part 2 video support Up to 8 Mbps, H.264 up to 15Mbps, and PlaysForSure WMV videos (and, as we understand it, PlaysForSure audio as well). You may not even notice all the new features, but they are all designed to enhance your Xbox Live experience.

Some of the other features in this upgrade include:

  • The name of game in tray is now displayed in the dashboard.
  • When the user is in the dashboard and an Xbox 360 game is in the console then the name of the game is displayed in the tray icon of the dashboard. If the user highlights the tray icon then achievements and gamer score are displayed for that game based on the signed in user. Xbox1 games show the name and image of the game.
  • Integrated support for the new Xbox 360 text input device. Note that this device includes a new wired headset.
  • Playback progress bar indicates download completion.
  • Switchable aspect ratio now available during video playback (Auto to Letterbox, Zoom, Stretch, Native).
  • Player and friends lists now quickly show session presence information for quick identification of users that are joinable.
  • H.264 video support: Up to 15 Mbps, Baseline, Main, and High (up to level 4.1) Profiles with 2 channel AAC LC and Main Profiles.
  • Added MPEG-4 Part 2 video support: Up to 8 Mbps, Simple Profile with 2 channel AAC LC and Main Profiles.


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