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DivX support rumored for Xbox 360 again

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 13 Nov 2007 9:50 User comments (2)

DivX support rumored for Xbox 360 again The addition of support to play back DivX video or XviD video would be a significant boost to the Xbox 360 games console. Since it was launched, support for the MPEG-4-based video has been requested over and over again and rumors have turned out to be false. However, DivX CEO Kevin Hell made comments that have sparked rumors that DivX support will be added in a coming update.
During the SMid Cap conference call with investment firm JP Morgan, Hell was asked if a recent deal that would see DivX codecs shipped with Windows Media Extenders would mean DivX support for the Xbox 360 console; he replied with a "Yes." However, he went on to say that the deal was still in the negotiation process and has not been finalized.

DivX and particularly XviD video content is rampant on the Internet, and support for the video would no doubt drive up the number of users streaming video across a home network to the Xbox 360 console. However, if it were implemented on the basis that Windows Media Center is required, for most Xbox 360 owners it would be almost insulting. You can stream WMV content to the Xbox 360 console without MCE (under XP), and you can use TVersity to transcode and stream DivX / XviD or many many other formats on-the-fly.

Ars Technica

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2 user comments

113.11.2007 11:56

This is definitely a good thing if it holds up. I know a lot of people that love divx like myself. This is really a good selling point.

213.11.2007 15:18

GO DIVX! I use Media Center Extenders for everything, so this is gonna be SWEET!

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