Microsoft Corp. today launched the Xbox 360 Family Timer worldwide, available for download via Xbox LIVE in 26 countries. This is great news for parents because Microsoft research reveals that children’s media consumption and time spent playing video games are universal concerns for families. A Microsoft survey conducted throughout Europe found that parents embrace the idea of support from the gaming industry, with 75 percent of them welcoming built-in technology or software to monitor the time their children spend playing video games.
The XBOX Team announced on their blog that it will� be possible to play Divx (and Xvid) movies on the XBOX 360 after the Fall update (which will be available at Dec. 4th). They announce the following about the video playback on their website (only the new features will be mentioned here) : What exactly does the XBOX 360 support for AVI? XBOX 360 supports the following for AVI:
The XBOX Team announced the complete featurelist on their blog that will be included in the Fall Update which will be available within the next few days : Hello Everyone! Coming shortly is our December 2007 System Update, one where we’ve added a lot of new features that you guys have been asking for. You should be prompted for the update early next week on December 4th.
Microsoft is making it even easier to expand your Friends network on Xbox LIVE®, starting with the Fall Dashboard Update on December 4. You’ll be able to check out the friends lists of fellow Xbox LIVE members right from the Dashboard. With this new feature, members can find old friends or connect with new ones within the community of more than eight million people on Xbox LIVE around the globe and send messages and game invites, as well as compare games and Achievements.
� Xbox LIVE invites you to Xtival ’07: a three-day extravaganza of FREE Xbox LIVE Gold gaming. For 72 hours you’ll be able to play your favourite games against your mates, wherever they are – or you can jump in and enjoy Xbox LIVE on your own. Don’t miss our exciting competitions, Developer Jam Sessions and loads more free gaming goodness. So stick it in your diary and get ready for the gaming event of the year.
Surfing the web I watched into the following YouTube video on the blog of the Dutch Radio DJ Rick van Velthuyzen. Just had to post it because it’s kinda funny… [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOkF0McZKIw]
Microsoft has issued a statement saying that IPTV functionality will not be included in the fall 360 firmware update. It has also suggested that we might not even see it this year, as was originally promised by Bill Gates at the CES show earlier in 2007. Apparently the fancy new technology will only be given to service providers by Christmas, landing the final release-ball in their court. “Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) features will only be available from the Xbox 360 through a service provider who has deployed Xbox 360 with Microsoft Mediaroom (IPTV) services,” MS told Gamespot in a statement.
The following is based on rumors, but my heart starts beating faster…IPTV…Yeah. Probably it’s US only (again). We just learned that Aaron just got his 360 back from Microsoft repair this week. We also know that his dash version isn’t any different than the one that is already out (2.0.5787.0) leading us to believe that his 360 doesn’t have the Fall update. But the new options are definitely related to the IPTV service as more options were discovered in his 360’s settings.
Afgelopen week is Project Gotham 4 verschenen. Omdat ik nogal een race-fan ben heb ik hem ook aangeschaft. Nu is dit natuurlijk niet echt interessant ‘blog-material’, maar ik wil jullie graag onderstaand� TV Commercial� even laten zien. Video: Project Gotham Racing 4 – TV Commercial
� Een paar dagen voor de Nederlandse/Europese lancering van Halo 3 druppelen de eerste reviews binnen. ‘ Quite simply, Halo 3 is the reason the Xbox 360 exists‘, valt te lezen op GameSpy. De verwachting is Halo 3 de verkopen van Halo 2 in de eerste 24 uur voorbij zal streven (omzet eerste 24 uur was toen $ 125 miljoen dollar)! Op gamingblog Joystiq.com� was te lezen dat Halo 3 misschien de hype die nu aan de gang is niet wordt waargemaakt, maar Halo 3 blijft ook volgens Joystiq.