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Med blott tre dagar kvar - officiell lansering 4 december - har #Microsoft sent om side släppt officiell information om vad den årliga och blott 7 MB tunga höstuppdateringen för [[Xbox 360]] skall innehålla. Ett av de mest efterfrågade inslagen torde vara det utökade stödet för så kallade videocodecs - bland annat för de populära formaten [[DivX]] och Xvid. Uppdateringen öppnar därmed dörren för att strömma merparten av alla typer av videomaterial i realtid direkt från datorer till 360-konsolen.

Bland övriga nyheter nämns - frånsett föräldratimern, möjligheten att köpa och ladda ner gamla [[Xbox]]-spel samt [n=22857 Friends of Friends]-funktionen - följande:

  • Utökad spelarprofil - i ett uppenbart led att stärka communitykänslan skall varje 360-användare kunna kortfattat presentera sig själva på sitt så kallade [[GamerCard]]. Denna information skall antigen kunna vara synlig för alla eller endast för spelare på kompislistan.

  • Xbox Live Arcade Hits - några av de bäst säljande Live Arcade-titlarna skall begåvas med permanenta rabatter (enligt ett pressmeddelande handlar det genomgående av 50% prisavdrag). De första spelen att beröras sägs vara #Bankshot Billiards 2 och #Lumines LIVE (sägs kosta 800 [[Microsoft Points]] styck, motsvarande 90 kronor) samt #Marble Blast Ultra, #Small Arms och #Zuma Deluxe (sägs kosta 400 poäng, motsvarande 45 kronor).

  • Inside Xbox - en funktion genom vilken 360-användare bland annat skall få reklamerbjudanden och annan spelrelaterad information direkt från spelsajten Xbox.com.

  • Förändringar i menysystemet - det så kallade Dashboard-systemet skall genomgå en mindre revidering. Bland annat skall tidigare spelade demoversioner av arkadspel inte längre synas i användningshistoriken - en i sig blygsam nyhet som likväl efterfrågats en längre tid. Övriga Dashboard-förändringar innefattar allt från förbättrat stöd för hemmagjorda XNA-spel till utökade MSN Live Messenger-funktioner.

Vid sidan om de förändringar som direkt berör 360-[[konsol | konsolerna]] framhåller Microsoft ett par administrativa förändringar - dels möjligheten att uppgradera begränsade barnkonton till fullfjädrade Xbox-konton, och dels möjligheten att knyta ett 360-konto till ett annat Live-konto.

FZ har kommit över en handfull skärmdumpar tänkta att att närmare illustrera vad tisdagen har i sitt sköte. Läsare som därtill vill se nyheterna i rörliga bilder hittar ett 21 MB tungt filmklipp i filarkivet där ett par shortsklädda talesmän i entusiastiska ordalag redogör för höstuppdateringen.

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I vanlig ordning är höstuppdateringen kostnadsfri för alla 360-användare som har sin konsol ansluten till Internet. För den som vill mer eller mindre begrava sig i samtliga nyheter har FZ dessutom lyckats gräva upp förteckningen över samtliga förändringar - drygt 300 olika justeringar av olika dignitet.

Account Management

  • Added error text to direct under 13 year old user to the Web when attempting to change contact information

  • Added Messenger Signup into Xbox LIVE signup

  • Added PEGI logo icons to Game ratings scenes

  • Added support for switching between Windows Live ID accounts

  • Added Support for User Graduation

  • Added support to allow users to change the Windows Live ID they use with their Xbox LIVE gamertag

  • Added support to Migrate Zune Accounts to Xbox LIVE accounts with purchase rights

  • Added text for "in-game voice" complaint option

  • Display MS Points Web Address correctly for Korea

  • Improved blocking support for Friends Only sessions

  • Improved enforcement of Windows Live ID and Gamertag Regions

  • Improved Informational Text for cases where Gamertag already in use

  • Improved parental control support for 48 hour trial codes

  • Improved robustness when viewing friends profiles and quickly backing out

  • Improved support for account recovery when no storage devices attached to console

  • Improved support for invalid characters in phone field

  • Improved support to cancel out of Credit Card scenes during account sign-up

  • Improved support to load Dashboard after exiting from Account Recovery

  • Improved text for accounts that have been banned

  • Improved text for Direct Debit in Germany

  • Improved text for explaining Gamertag, Gamercard, etc to users signing up

  • Improved text for recovering Gamertag dialogs

  • Improved text for Zune Accounts in Sign Up app

  • Improved text spacing for Recover Gamertag dialogs in Russian

  • Improved text support for handling expired credit cards during purchase transactions

  • Improved text to inform users that only 1 profile can have auto signin enabled

  • Improved text translations for Account Management in Germany

Ads

  • Added support for Audio Mute/Unmute for video ads

Community

  • Added double-high friends list to show more details for each friend

  • Added new feature "Inside Xbox" on the Xbox LIVE blade

  • Added support for richer profile viewing including Real name, Bio, Locations, etc

  • Added support to control privacy settings for Friends of Friends viewing

  • Added support to show friends a real name

  • Added support to view Friends of Friends

  • Display actual friends count and not list item count in Add Friend page

  • Improved German localized text for recent players blade

  • Improved robustness in Friends area when rapidly pressing A and B buttons

  • Improved support of viewing Friends profiles when friend has existing pending friends requests

  • Improved text messages for Privacy Settings in Blocked Communication scenarios

  • No longer report Invitations as 'sent' when communication set to 'blocked'

Dashboard

  • Added ability to twist UI left and right to filter/sort in Media lists

  • Added 'Downloads' button to game launch page on Games Blade

  • Added fade out transitions for transitions from dash to video playback

  • Added Friends Playing Now feature to Games Blade for Xbox LIVE Arcade, Xbox Originals, Xbox 360 disc based games, and Xbox 360 Demos.

  • Added grouping support for TV & Game content in Media Blade

  • Added localization support for AM / PM in 12-hour clock format for Traditional and Simplified Chinese

  • Added sort by Title/Date for acquired Video library content

  • Added support for Featured Downloads in Arcade area of Games Blade

  • Added support for twist controls in offline Dashboard and Xbox Guide

  • Added support for updating Marketplace, Xbox LIVE and Games blade without full system update download

  • Added support for Video album art on attached hard drives in separate .jpg files

  • Added support to not write trial-version Arcade games to user's played games history (this is only for newly downloaded games after the Dec'07 update is released)

  • Allow all signed in users to access Banners in Dashboard or Marketplace, not just first signed in user

  • Arcade area shows '--' instead of '0' for gamerscore when signed out

  • Changed UI Flow for Media connectivity: default to console, and allow users to change device via X button. Also remember last chosen device

  • Disconnected MU or Controller Message persisted when launching back to Dashboard from Game Title

  • Improve accelerated scrolling speed for long lists

  • Improve transition speed of blades

  • Improved consistency in confirmation text when deleting items

  • Improved enumeration speed of lists in games blade

  • Improved error handling when signing out while viewing a marketplace ad

  • Improved handling of moving game profiles from MU to HDD

  • Improved localization text for Polish in System Update dialogs

  • Improved performance of Guide Transitions

  • Improved progress bar accuracy when moving large files from MU to HDD

  • Improved responsiveness of Dashboard overall

  • Improved robustness after attempting to resume an expired purchased video

  • Improved robustness when comparing achievements after connection to LIVE is lost

  • Improved support for Daylight Savings Time in Alaska time zone

  • Improved support for handling disc full when downloading movies from Marketplace

  • Improved text layout for blade names in CHT (Traditional Chinese)

  • Improved text on Startup page in System Blade area

  • Improved text translations for Arcade area in Japan

  • Removed PC Affiliation from the System Blade

  • Starting DVD playback with 2 or more wireless controllers shows all game pads on the console ring of light

  • Starting DVD playback with a mix of wired and wireless controllers now shows all game pads on the console ring of light

  • System Update Message in Russian properly formatted

DVD / HD-DVD

  • Added CHT language support to video players

  • Improved accuracy of tray state when ejecting multiple times

  • Improved robustness when ejecting discs from external HD-DVD drive

Family Settings

  • Added Family Play Timer Feature

  • Improved handling for resetting parental controls to default

Font Support

  • Added support for Virtual Keyboard and IME for Simplified Chinese

  • Improved CHT (Traditional Chinese) font support for game achievements

  • Gamer Profile

  • Dates and Times support region specific attributes

HDMI

  • Improved handling of AVMUTE for HDMI

  • Improved handling of CEA861 mode for HDMI

  • Improved handling of flashing during on/off mode changes

  • Improved handling of Standby-3 mode for HDMI

Keyboard

  • Added IME indicator for Messenger Conversations

  • Added support for F9 and F10 in Virtual Keyboards

  • Added support for Polish and Russian USB Keyboards

  • Improved Chatpad support for Korean Language

  • Improved handling of Caps Lock for JPN USB keyboards

  • Improved IME Japan Keyboards in Xbox Guide

  • Improved overall IME Self Learning support

  • Improved support for USB Keyboard with System UI Message displays

  • No longer show keyboard results when entering password via Chatpad or USB Keyboard

  • Removed extra '@' from CHT Virtual Keyboard

Marketplace

  • Added "Featured Items" as a top level section of Marketplace

  • Added "Featured Trailers" and "Shorts" options within the Movies area of Video Marketplace

  • Added Accelerated List Scrolling to Marketplace

  • Added List wrapping to Top Download lists in Marketplace

  • Added prefetching support for off-screen thumbnail images in Marketplace list views

  • Added support for "New Arrivals" area within Marketplace for all catalog content types

  • Added support for "Spotlight" area within Marketplace

  • Added support for displaying audio support in top level UI for videos on Marketplace

  • Added support for displaying Marketplace video previews in Full Screen mode (newly added files are encoded at higher bitrate, existing previews remain encoded at low bitrate)

  • Added support for multiple previews (varying languages) for International Video Marketplace (this is content provider dependent)

  • Added support for renting Movies in several international countries

  • Added support to Browse, Purchase, Download and play Xbox Original Games

  • Added support to cache metadata information for off-line usage in Media Blade library scenes

  • Added support to Play Now from Marketplace storefront for items already downloaded

  • Added support to prefetch off-screen thumbnails in Video Store

  • Added support to send actionable Marketplace recommendations to Friends for Arcade games

  • Added support to show audio language and subtitles for International Video Marketplace

  • Added Twist Control support for navigation and sorting

  • Allow Banner Messages to link to Arcade Titles

  • Changed "Media and Entertainment" to "Video Store"

  • Improved error handling for corrupt video content

  • Improved localization text for Belgium Profiles with Netherlands Marketplace

  • Improved robustness when service returns incorrect number of items when viewing Download History

  • Improved support of Parental Ratings with Arcade recommendations

  • Improved text for cases where License is not available for purchased video content

  • Improved text messaging for playing rental movies on consoles other than the console purchased with

  • Improved User Experience for Credit Card scenes in Russian

  • List wrapping functionality identical now between Media blade and Marketplace blade lists

  • More robust error handling for Add Points dialog page

  • TV Series on Marketplace now navigate directly to episode list instead of Season1

  • Unrated Titles now display ratings as "Rating: Pending or Unrated"

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 100x100) 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 1920x1080 MP4 files

  • Improved playback performance with 5Mb h264 encoded video files

  • Improved playback performance with 60fps 720x480 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

Messaging

  • Removal of stale Xbox 1 Team Recruit Messages from Xbox 360 Message Center

Messenger

  • Added "Invite Friends" scene after Messenger/Windows Live ID switching dialog

  • Added localization support for "<user> has joined conversation" in Messenger

  • Added messenger notification to Private Chat

  • Added support for adding contacts via Windows Live ID from Xbox 360 console

  • Added support for child accounts (ages 13 through 17)

  • Added support for dual platform invites / text messages to PC client

  • Added support for IME in Chatpad overlay

  • Added support to send game invite to Messenger Contact from Xbox 360

  • Display Signin option instead of Join Xbox LIVE when accessing messenger from a signed out profile

  • Improved handling of transitions between messenger conversations and personal profiles

  • Improved localization text for Spanish, Portuguese and Russian in Chat and IM dialogs

  • Improved online status reporting with accounts that have passcodes set

  • Improved performance of buddy list enumeration

  • Improved performance with greater than 250 contacts

  • Improved performance with Messenger and large lists

  • Improved support for sending multiple friends requests from messenger contact dialog

  • Improved support for signing up for Messenger on 2nd signed in profiles

  • Improved sync performance between buddies and gamertag friends during login

  • Improved text message for blocking Windows Live ID Child accounts

  • Improved visual display of Up/Down arrows on Select Contacts scene

  • No longer displaying '??' when Kanji characters are used in Messenger Display Names

  • Nudges from messenger now translated into rumble notifications on controller during game/movie playback

  • Remove flash of LED on controller when Chatpad keyboard is invoked

  • Removed 2nd notification when connection to LIVE and signed into Messenger

  • Updated icons for Messenger in Private Chat area

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

Sist - och i sammanhanget sannolikt minst - beskedet om när film- och tv-tjänsten Video Marketplace lanseras i Sverige lyser fortfarande med sin frånvaro. FZ erfar dock att ytterligare information i frågan är att vänta inom en vecka.

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