It's possible to connect an mp3 player via a USB port and play your music on your Xbox 360—even as you're playing a game. Xbox 360 can connect to a Windows XP PC and pull music or graphics files (photos) from it.
After the Halo 360 'upgrades' yesterday, Next Generation went looking for more information on other Xbox titles. What we found out was less than conclusive but Microsoft will be making announcements about it in the next 24 hours.
G4 is preparing to cover an entertainment milestone -- the launch of the massively anticipated Xbox 360. As the only television broadcaster going live from four locations across the country, "Countdown to Xbox 360" will be the destination for viewers to get wall-to-wall Xbox 360 coverage. The groundbreaking 3.6 hours of dedicated Xbox 360 programming begins Monday, November 21, 2005, at 9:00 PM ET/6:00 PM PT on G4 -- videogame tv.
"We're celebrating this night like New Year's Eve, with a countdown that culminates when the sale of the first Xbox 360 is completed. G4 is ringing in the next generation of gaming with extensive live coverage that will take viewers out of their living rooms and into the excitement of launch events across the country," comments Peter M. Green, Senior Vice President, Programming & Production, G4.
Not exactly. But according to a recent interview with the Lead Mechanical Engineer for Xbox 360, Jeff Reents, Microsoft is continuing its hack-proof campaign against modders, revealing that the outer casing of the Xbox 360 won’t have any screws and will feature a number of tamper evident labels. So if you’re a half-assed hacker that decides to crack open the box, but then decide you want to exchange it for a new one, good luck. Warranty voided, pal.
A while back, Microsoft announced that the 360 would have some level of backward compatibility. A handy feature for folks with big Xbox collections moving into the future. We worked closely with that team to ensure that Halo and Halo 2 both performed according to plan. That meant a lot of work for our test team.
To clarify, the "new" version of Halo or Halo 2 is simply the disk you have already. Pop it into your 360 and it'll load up just like before. You will have to log into Xbox Live to enable Halo 2's online functions, but both games will work immediately.
But here's another bonus – the hardware in the 360 can do a lot of nifty stuff, and specifically in the cases of Halo and Halo 2, it can display the graphics in wide screen, at 720p, with full scene anti-aliasing. And it doesn't look kludgy, artifacty or smeary like an upscanning DVD player. The best way to describe it is that both games look like they're running on a PC at those resolutions.
We'll have some more information about these resolutions on Friday.
An Xbox 360 developer has shed more light on the issue of background music in games for Microsoft's next-generation console, revealing that in-game streaming of music from outside music sources such as iPod is something developers can opt not to support.