Xbox 360 Fall 2007 Update (real)

originalslaunchstore-490px.jpgThe new Xbox 360 dashboard update is hitting Tuesday, December 4Th and Microsoft finally gave us the information that is the new update. This is the real on unlike the rumored update previously only a few from their made it in this one. Sadly, I wish the Xbox theme screen-savers were in there. The main one in there are the FoF Feature and DivX feature, and the Xbox Originals. Video and additional after the break.

  • 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
  • Improve boot speed with media when console startup is to boot-to-dash

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Apple to update Mac Pro

Recently Anandtech wrote up an article comparing the Latest Intel Xeon 54xx series Harpertown 45nm processor, with Xeon 53xx series and AMD‘s 3rd generation Opteron cpus. The new Intel processor 54xx is an manufactured using the latest in nanotechnology, the processor takes only 107 mm² and contains somewhere around 410 million transistors. The cpu runs cool and is about 20% faster than the previous model 53xx.

Xeon 54xx
(thats 2 cores fit inside a penny)

iPhone 16GB, 3G and more!

Well I wouldn’t want to say that I told you so, but I did! I knew it was coming and I had decided to keep this under covers, thanks to AT&T (T) CEO Mr. Randall, we all know that Apple is releasing a new version of iPhone (something we’ve all been hoping for…) An iPhone with 16GB of Flash space (doubling the previous model, will definitely help me store more music) I’ve been having to delete and update my iPod playlist quite often (almost every other day) so I don’t keep listening to the same stuff everyday.

Expected to arrive sometime next year the iPhone v.2 with 3G for faster surfing and 16GB of Flash completing the product page for iPhone and giving the product line something to sit next to the 16GB iPod Touch and with the price of $599.

I’ll have to buy it for my wifey or not, who knows. I’m pretty satisfied with the iPhone I own. Anyhow it kinda spoils the surprise that Steve Jobs wanted to present to all of us. But hey the Hype/Rumor mill needs something to run on and this bit of news no matter how positive and helpful will definitely keep it running.

What do you think? will you buy one for yourself?

btw, the more can be a longer battery life!

Assassins Creed – Game Review

assassins_creedAssassin’s creed is one of most anticipated games since it was announced at E3 and CES. The demo’s given were amazing and showed off some awesome technical achievements only possible in next gen gaming. Some of the things that caught my attention after watching the demos were: 1. The size, complexity of the environment, which the player is free to travel through, and interact with. The various cities, kingdoms, etc are to put it simply IMMENSE and everything is actually there, there is no background, or backdrop the player has no access too, everything you see is something you can visit. This was simply not possible in 1st gen games. 2. The crowd dynamics. This game brought to life a real city that has living inhabitants, NPCs walking around, interacting with each other as well as the player. This made the entire world come alive and made the world of Assassins Creed a much more immersive environment.

Circuit City Tekno Deals

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 Circuit City hasn’t been the most popular store among gamers in the recent past with all the reports of them failing to honor certain deals, but they have rolled out some more deals this weekend. It looks like standard deals that will be in all Circuit City stores.

The first deal is that you will save $20 when you purchase any two Nintento Wii games $29.99 and up. Their second deals is that you will receive a $10 gift card with the purchase of Mario Party DS. The final game deal of the week at Circuit City is that you will receive a $10 gift card when you purchase Unchartered: Drake’s Fortune for the Sony PS3. If you don’t know about Drake’s Fortune, I suggest you look into it. I have felt for a long time that this will be the sleeper hit for the PS3. The game is simply amazing and unique.

Xbox Live turns 5IVE

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It’s the time of year for everyone the fifth birthday of mine and some readers gaming service. We’re talking about Xbox Live, of course. Don’t forget that their are festivities galore planned today. There’s Game with Fame events, free Carcassonne Like a present from the 360 Gods, free MS Points (500 I think) for the coolest individuals that subscribed way back in 2002, and more.

Recognize Stacks Easily

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Do you want to easily recognize stacks? A Japanese user has just found out a little trick that will get some “drawers.” These sit on top of the stack and tell you which stack is what. You do need to enter a few commands in Terminal, but it is well worth it. Download link and terminal commands in the Full Guide link.

Full Guide

MS Confirms Xbox Originals

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Microsoft has issued a press realease comfirming reports from earlier today that Xbox originals well soon become availble for download on Xbox Live Marketplace. The games as reffered to as “Xbox Orginals” the games that will be availble so far are Halo, Crimson Skies, Fable and Psychonauts.  Though it is unclear if these titles will be avaible the day the services launch. The day these games will be availble are on December the 4th. As noted be the press realase, “This new service will launch with an array of blockbuster titles spanning the most popular genres from action-adventure to classic role-playing games.” The games will cost 1200 MS Points (15$). Wheather or not the launch lineup that was reported earlier is accurate remains to be seen. 

Tekno Rumor: DivX support to be in a Fall Feature

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During A report presentation, DivX ceo revealed too much, regarding the support on the Xbox 360.

JP Morgan analyst Paul Coster asked Hell about DivX support that was added to Microsoft’s Media Extender and if that foreshadowed a release to the Xbox 360. Hell’s response was an enthusiastic “Yes!” followed by a semi-awkward, backpedaling clarification that went something like … “that, uh, we’re in discussions with Microsoft on that at this point in time, so I can’t go into any great detail on that. Um that is not a certified, that is not a certified or licensed product at this time.”

His response may not sound like confirmation of DivX headed to the 360, but simply reading the quote doesn’t paint the whole picture. According to those who attended the conference, it was how he answered the question thta was most revealing. Hell was very enthusiastic at first when he answered “Yes!” and then he quickly tried to backpedal and change the subject. Was it a slip of the tongue or a simple misunderstanding? No one is certain, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see DivX support added to the 360 this December.