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The Engineering@Xbox blog is owned and operated by members of the Xbox LIVE and Xbox 360 engineering team.  We post about how we build Xbox related products and services.

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    December 2007 Video Playback FAQ

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    December 2007 Video Playback FAQ ** Represents a new feature or change in functionality from the Spring 07 release. [ Update 12/4/07 - added question 40 . "When trying to play 25 or 50 fps content, I don’t get any video over VGA" ] [ Update 12...
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    Spring '07 Video Playback FAQ

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    FAQ Updates Listed at the bottom (last update 5/16/07) 1. What exactly does the Xbox 360 support for H.264? Xbox 360 supports the following for H.264: · File Extensions: .mp4, .m4v, mp4v, .mov · Containers: MPEG-4, QuickTime · Video...
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    Fall '06 Supported Video Formats

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    As you may have heard, with the Xbox 360 Flash Fall 2006 System Update we are adding support for WMV video playback from new sources. Videos can be streamed from a PC running Windows Media Connect, Windows Media Player 11, or the new Zune client player...
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    December 2007 System Update

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    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 4 th . This is the seventh system update...
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    The Xbox Operating System

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    Sorry it's been a while since my last post - blogging is hard to keep up with, especially when it's not your job. I'm off to Japan next week, so it will probably be another week of silence before you hear from me again. One of the first questions I get...
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    Personal Gamer Pictures

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    Some of the questions I’ve seen asked a lot: “What is the deal with personal gamer pictures?” “Does this require the Xbox Live Vision camera?” The personal gamer picture is a new feature enabled with the Spring Update. You do not need the Xbox Live...
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    Emergence Day

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    What takes 4.7 million lines of code, partner teams from all over Microsoft, and millions of dollars to create? The Xbox 360 system software? Nope. This is just the HD DVD player. The Xbox platform team (us) is experiencing its own emergence day as of...
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    Streaming High Def over a Wireless Network

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    Streaming High Definition Video over a Wireless Network With the Xbox 360 Flash Fall 2006 System Update, we've added support for WMV video playback from new sources. If you've read the video format post, you'll see that your Xbox has the ability to...
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    New Backwards Compatibility Update (Version 1.5)

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    Today an update for Backwards Compatibility was released via Xbox Live. Below is a list of the titles affected by this release. By the way this is the largest update of new titles (39) since Launch of Xbox 360 last year.. Title Name...
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    Clearing the System Cache

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    With the release of the Spring Update we did provide a way for our product support engineers to help users diagnose and clear content from their system cache. This is most useful for the engineers to help those who are unable to download a game update...
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    Introductions and the Spring System Update

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    Hello Everyone, My name is Daryl Welsh, (GT: IndieGames). I’m the Test Manager for Xbox Console and Digital Entertainment Software. Today I am excited to talk about the next evolution of Xbox software we are releasing soon. It has been a challenge...
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    How To Get O.S. Software Updates for your Xbox 360

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    FATE has made a new post: re: The Xbox Operating System. Q: Is there any way to get ahold of an OS Disk or download the OS from a third party? A: Yes, you can now obtain an operating system software update by download a file from Xbox.com and burn...
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    The Xbox 360 November '06 Fall Update is heading your way

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    Hello everyone, Wow, only 5 months have passed since we first posted about the Spring update. The release process never seems to slow down but as tired as we all are, I’m still excited to be talking about our third major update to our system software...
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    The Play & Charge Cable

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    There was a good question I saw in my last post: "Why could the play & charge cable not be designed to transmit information over the cable?" For those who have not been initiated, the Play & Charge Cable can be used with an Xbox 360 Wireless Controller...
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    Multiparty Chat

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    Since Xbox 360's launch, I've been trolling various message boards for feedback about my biggest feature: voice chat. This post made the previous year of my life completely worth every minute. There's something to be said about the power of Xbox Live...
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    Licensing and Xbox Live Marketplace content

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    Over the past few months, forumers have reported issues with certain content items functioning improperly. Prevalent among these issues was the report that their purchased content was no longer being recognized as “purchased” by their boxes. The reason...
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    PAL video settings and HDTV

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    Hey folks, My name is Kevin Meyer (gamertag: doulWeapons) and I'm on the test team for some of the Xbox 360's system software like the dashboard and the guide. I'm going to talk a little bit about the exciting world of PAL video modes! Well, maybe...
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    New System Update for Xbox 360

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    There is a new System Update available for your Xbox 360. The official announcement says: “The March 2006 Xbox 360™ update will prepare your Xbox 360 console for future system and title updates.” You will automatically receive this update the next...
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    New System Update & More Backwards Compat Games

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    We posted two updates last night. New System Update: This update has no new features. It only addresses a font issue that consoles with a language set to Chinese would have seen. (System Version for this new update is 2.0.2858) There...
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    On Backwards Compatibility

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    I finally got around to writing that article on backwards compatibility , with a little help from other members of the development team.
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    Digimask and Xbox Live Vision

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    The Team Xbox crew recently sat down for an interview with Digimask . The article is a good read, but what I find exciting are the images they captured for the in-game players. These are awesome! I have an affinity for the camera as I was part of the...
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    The Console Charge Mode explained

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    I could not find any article in Xbox.com explaining the console charge mode, so here it goes: If the console is turned off while a wireless controller using a rechargeable battery pack is connected to the console via a Play & Charge cable, then...
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    Ask and Ye Shall Receive

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    Sorry for the hiatus - lots going on in Xbox-land, what with GDC going on and all our projects are moving ahead full steam regardless of that, too. I was watching G4's Attack of the Show online and someone mentioned that the Xbox team had moved on to...
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    Our Development Environment

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    By now, you have probably seen many interviews in the gaming press that laud the environment Xbox development kits provide for building games: many studios such as id software now use it as their primary development environment for their next generation...
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    Media Marketplace

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    Hmm, looks like we got there first. Again.
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