Microsoft have just released a new update for the HD DVD Add on drive for the Xbox 360 console. This includes some minor bug fixes (I know that they have fixed the menu problems on my Exotic Saltwater Aquarium HD DVD from trying my copy!) and added a few new features:

  • Added option for user to select from the following audio output formats via TOSLINK or HDMI:
    • Digital Stereo (2 channel PCM)
    • Dolby Digital 5.1
    • DTS 5.1
    • WMA Pro
  • Added “Dynamic Range Control” toggle for digital audio output
  • Improved HD DVD networking support
  • Improved HD DVD title compatibility
  • Improved performance with MPEG-4 AVC / H.264
  • 1080p via HDMI is supported on the Xbox 360 Elite with HDCP compliant displays
  • Improved parental controls

I love to see the HD DVD add on getting an update to add new features and fix some minor issues. I still hope that HD DVD (as the cheaper format) will win through. I think at this stage neither HD DVD or Bluray will win the war totally, but it would be nice to see the cheaper HD DVD stand alone players selling more than the rival. We all have to look at Multi-Format players though really at least for the next couple of years!

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James Woodcock

James is a Freelance Journalist, Copywriter, Author, Blogger & Podcaster specialising in gaming, gadgets and technology, both retro and modern. Ever since he experienced the first controllable pixel movement on the television screen, he has been entranced by the possibilities and rewarding entertainment value generated from these metal and plastic boxes of delight. Writing hundreds of articles, including commentary and reviews on various gaming platforms, whilst also interviewing well-known industry figures for popular online publications. Creator of the ScummVM Music Enhancement Project and host of the Game & Gadget Podcast. View his portfolio here: James Woodcock's Portfolio.

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