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« on: April 07, 2007, 02:09:51 PM »

Ganked from a Digg summary of this video.

* The update hits May 7th
* Your contact list will now integrate Windows Live Messenger, and show joinable session status
* Messenger contacts can see what game you're playing, and your gamertag.
* Marketplace will now have its own blade, which will be skinned independent of your theme
* Users will now get inline achievement updates
* Low-power download mode and auto-shutdown
* You can watch partially downloaded movies
* You can text chat messenger six friends playing games watching movies
* Multiple tweaks on the user interface

Not bad.  I really like the inline achievement updates.  No more having to open the blade when the message comes up to see what the hell it is that you just earned.  Don't use MSN messenger at all though so I'm totally ambivalent on that stuff.
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« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2007, 02:13:29 PM »

ugh.. I have bad memories from the Fall update.
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« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2007, 03:32:10 PM »

Sounds like some great updates, maybe it will make me try the Microsoft messenger.
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« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2007, 03:50:32 PM »

What's an inline achievement update?

And is it the grammar or what. I have no idea what this means:

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« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2007, 03:59:40 PM »

Quote from: ATB on April 07, 2007, 03:50:32 PM

What's an inline achievement update?

Upon getting an Achievement it will actually tell you what it was and how many points it was worth.  What a novel concept!  How did they ever come up with this after only a year and a half on the market?  slywink

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It just means that with the new text chat feature you can chat with up to six friends while you are playing games or watching movies. 

I want to know why the hell we still don't have the ability to fully preview the GamerTag pictures and Themes.  Who the hell wants to purchase something that you can't even see? 
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« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2007, 05:16:01 PM »

Sorry, I copy and pasted the summary straight from digg comments.  It all made sense when I read it smile  But you can check out the video.  Not sure who would ever want to chat over top of a movie like that. 
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« Reply #6 on: April 07, 2007, 09:11:17 PM »

wow low power download shuts down the system fans.....F that....I don't want my system to fry! finger

I don't want to have up to 600 messenger friends....I would rather have a larger friends list for live.....
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« Reply #7 on: April 07, 2007, 11:49:09 PM »

Isn't there supposed to be an update that finally tells you what damn game is in the disc drive?
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« Reply #8 on: April 08, 2007, 08:44:26 AM »

Quote from: Bullwinkle on April 07, 2007, 11:49:09 PM

Isn't there supposed to be an update that finally tells you what damn game is in the disc drive?


a lot of people have wanted something like that,but i dont see the point in it at all,i mean..you put the game in there
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« Reply #9 on: April 08, 2007, 12:46:39 PM »

Quote from: metallicorphan on April 08, 2007, 08:44:26 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on April 07, 2007, 11:49:09 PM

Isn't there supposed to be an update that finally tells you what damn game is in the disc drive?


a lot of people have wanted something like that,but i dont see the point in it at all,i mean..you put the game in there

I'm not the only person who puts things in my 360.
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« Reply #10 on: April 08, 2007, 01:29:37 PM »

Quote from: Bullwinkle on April 07, 2007, 11:49:09 PM

Isn't there supposed to be an update that finally tells you what damn game is in the disc drive?

I believe this one includes that feature.  Screenshots I've seen show the tray with writing on it, so you'll be able to see "Play Barbie Horse Adventures" and know that it is in the tray soon enough.

(On a side note, Barbie's Horse Adventures sounds like something you'd see in Mexico....)
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« Reply #11 on: April 08, 2007, 01:56:48 PM »

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on April 08, 2007, 01:29:37 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on April 07, 2007, 11:49:09 PM

Isn't there supposed to be an update that finally tells you what damn game is in the disc drive?

I believe this one includes that feature.  Screenshots I've seen show the tray with writing on it, so you'll be able to see "Play Barbie Horse Adventures" and know that it is in the tray soon enough.

(On a side note, Barbie's Horse Adventures sounds like something you'd see in Mexico....)

The problem is back before the console released there were screenshots like that.  However, when the console released, the feature wasn't there.  Hopefully they do add it, but screenshots aren't quite the proof.
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« Reply #12 on: April 08, 2007, 04:20:26 PM »

Quote from: The Grue on April 08, 2007, 12:46:39 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on April 08, 2007, 08:44:26 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on April 07, 2007, 11:49:09 PM

Isn't there supposed to be an update that finally tells you what damn game is in the disc drive?


a lot of people have wanted something like that,but i dont see the point in it at all,i mean..you put the game in there

I'm not the only person who puts things in my 360.

So you're 360, she's a goer?  Know what I mean, nudge,nudge, wink, wink, say no more, say no more! icon_lol
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« Reply #13 on: April 08, 2007, 04:21:32 PM »

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on April 08, 2007, 01:29:37 PM

(On a side note, Barbie's Horse Adventures sounds like something you'd see in Mexico....)

HEY!  stop stealing my lines!  Tongue
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« Reply #14 on: April 08, 2007, 05:56:17 PM »

Quote from: CeeKay on April 08, 2007, 04:20:26 PM

Quote from: The Grue on April 08, 2007, 12:46:39 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on April 08, 2007, 08:44:26 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on April 07, 2007, 11:49:09 PM

Isn't there supposed to be an update that finally tells you what damn game is in the disc drive?


a lot of people have wanted something like that,but i dont see the point in it at all,i mean..you put the game in there

I'm not the only person who puts things in my 360.

So you're 360, she's a goer?  Know what I mean, nudge,nudge, wink, wink, say no more, say no more! icon_lol

Look... are you insinuating something?
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« Reply #15 on: April 08, 2007, 10:12:46 PM »

Quote from: The Grue on April 08, 2007, 05:56:17 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 08, 2007, 04:20:26 PM

Quote from: The Grue on April 08, 2007, 12:46:39 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on April 08, 2007, 08:44:26 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on April 07, 2007, 11:49:09 PM

Isn't there supposed to be an update that finally tells you what damn game is in the disc drive?


a lot of people have wanted something like that,but i dont see the point in it at all,i mean..you put the game in there

I'm not the only person who puts things in my 360.

So you're 360, she's a goer?  Know what I mean, nudge,nudge, wink, wink, say no more, say no more! icon_lol

Look... are you insinuating something?

Oh, no, no, no... yes.
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« Reply #16 on: April 08, 2007, 10:18:13 PM »

so i take it you guys have monty python over there?...okay im kidding i already knew,in fact i think they were more popular in the states than in britain(maybe not the films)


do you think this is everything for the spring update?,just someone told me that they think there is going to be more

i want group chat(voice)and all on one channel,not having to switch channels to talk to the next person
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« Reply #17 on: April 09, 2007, 01:40:41 AM »

Quote from: metallicorphan on April 08, 2007, 10:18:13 PM

i want group chat(voice)and all on one channel,not having to switch channels to talk to the next person

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« Reply #18 on: April 09, 2007, 10:34:08 AM »

Quote from: Bullwinkle on April 07, 2007, 11:49:09 PM

Isn't there supposed to be an update that finally tells you what damn game is in the disc drive?


you got your wish

http://www.majornelson.com/default.aspx

it will work with both 360 and xbox 1 games
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« Reply #19 on: April 09, 2007, 10:52:16 AM »

Quote from: metallicorphan on April 09, 2007, 10:34:08 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on April 07, 2007, 11:49:09 PM

Isn't there supposed to be an update that finally tells you what damn game is in the disc drive?


you got your wish

http://www.majornelson.com/default.aspx

it will work with both 360 and xbox 1 games

Very nice! A few noticeable things missing but overall good stuff.
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« Reply #20 on: April 09, 2007, 12:54:50 PM »

What about the improvements to VGA and the sound fix/compatibility update for the HD DVD add on? They were supposed to change the VGA so that it sends information to your TV, like a PC, so users like me, with Sony Bravia TV's that can't adjust our color at the moment over VGA (with the 360) can adjust it and get better VGA performance. And the add on? What about the compatibility fixes for combo HD DVD's? The muted sound problem?

The other crap is nice for the most part, but these are real issues that need fixing, so rather than giving us instant messenger, how about fixing the stuff that is messed up?
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« Reply #21 on: April 09, 2007, 01:16:33 PM »

http://www.xbox.com/en-US/community/news/2007/0408-im.htm

scroll down on this page from xbox.com to see the full list that the new update will do....it does lots of stuff

'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 tray icon is highlighted, a list of achievements, game icon and gamerscore for that game is displayed.

-Video trick modes are enabled for content that is being progressively downloaded from Video Marketplace.

-Playback progress bar indicates download completion.

-Improved skip forward, skip back functionality during video playback.

-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.

-Support for streaming WM-DRM protected content from a PC

-Folder view for video content on connected devices

-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.

-Show folder hierarchy for video content played from all devices.

-Bookmarks are stored for each video that the user plays remembering the users last location in the file as well as the aspect ratio that the user choose for that file.

-Video trick modes (fast forward, rewind, chapter skip) can now be used while downloading Video Marketplace content.

-Skip forward and backward functionality has been improved to skip to the next or previous chapter. Each video is divided into 10 “chapters” allowing you to quickly skip around video content.

-The information bar that is turned on via the On Screen Display (OSD) now shows you exactly where you are in the playback of the video file.  In addition it will also show for Video Marketplace content how much of the file has been downloaded and where the “chapters” exist in the file.

-Windows Media protected content (WM-DRM) can now be streamed from the PC to the console. If the WM-DRM license is missing or corrupted then a specific error message is displayed to the user. Bookmarking is also stored for protected content.

-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.

-Bookmarks are stored for each video that the user plays. The user can delete all bookmarks but this will reset all bookmark information for every video that the user has played. The bookmark database is exposed in the system/memory/system items

-When a user selects an item for download from Marketplace then the system will determine if there is sufficient disk space for the item and, if not, will ask the user to delete content on the HDD. The system provides a sorted by size list of videos, game trailers, demos and arcade content to aid the user in the deletion process. The same list of items are also available from within memory so that users can quickly see which items are consuming the most disk space.

-The console will block the user who attempts to download content onto a storage device that will never have the capacity to store the item without deducting any points associated with the content item.

-The screensaver is disabled when playing photos from any source'



there is also rumour that they are indeed working on group chat(hopefully not seperate channels)...but unlikely to see the spring update
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« Reply #22 on: April 09, 2007, 02:30:23 PM »

Quote from: jblank on April 09, 2007, 12:54:50 PM

What about the improvements to VGA and the sound fix/compatibility update for the HD DVD add on? They were supposed to change the VGA so that it sends information to your TV, like a PC, so users like me, with Sony Bravia TV's that can't adjust our color at the moment over VGA (with the 360) can adjust it and get better VGA performance. And the add on? What about the compatibility fixes for combo HD DVD's? The muted sound problem?

The other crap is nice for the most part, but these are real issues that need fixing, so rather than giving us instant messenger, how about fixing the stuff that is messed up?

I'm convinced that their tweaking of the video system was what caused so much grief with the Fall update, so hopefully they are playing it safe and not rushing that out the door.  Needless to say I'm going to hold off on the update for a few days just to make sure they don't screw up things again.
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« Reply #23 on: April 09, 2007, 02:33:15 PM »

Quote from: metallicorphan on April 09, 2007, 01:16:33 PM

http://www.xbox.com/en-US/community/news/2007/0408-im.htm

-The name of game in tray is now displayed in the dashboard.

-When the tray icon is highlighted, a list of achievements, game icon and gamerscore for that game is displayed.

I was hoping for the first, but the second is a very cool bonus feature, IMO.
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« Reply #24 on: April 09, 2007, 02:34:13 PM »

Quote from: CeeKay on April 09, 2007, 02:30:23 PM

Quote from: jblank on April 09, 2007, 12:54:50 PM

What about the improvements to VGA and the sound fix/compatibility update for the HD DVD add on? They were supposed to change the VGA so that it sends information to your TV, like a PC, so users like me, with Sony Bravia TV's that can't adjust our color at the moment over VGA (with the 360) can adjust it and get better VGA performance. And the add on? What about the compatibility fixes for combo HD DVD's? The muted sound problem?

The other crap is nice for the most part, but these are real issues that need fixing, so rather than giving us instant messenger, how about fixing the stuff that is messed up?

I'm convinced that their tweaking of the video system was what caused so much grief with the Fall update, so hopefully they are playing it safe and not rushing that out the door.  Needless to say I'm going to hold off on the update for a few days just to make sure they don't screw up things again.

Fair point, but considering they have had 6 months to work on it, I doubt they would be "rushing it".
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