Problems updating xbox 360 dashboard
There is a quality difference of course - and clearly the washed-out video problem is pretty horrific in these examples - but we do seem to be seeing a full HD presentation, something Microsoft is denying users with their own movie files, and seemingly its video partners too. The obvious conclusion is that the SDK Microsoft is believed to have supplied to third-party video partners is limited to 720p only, leaving Microsoft's host service with a clear quality advantage.While 1080p resolution is seemingly lost on most of the video marketplace apps, it still appears to be present and correct on Zune HD rentals as these Rise of the Planet of the Apes shots demonstrate. The message we draw from this is that the platform holder wants to expand the take-up of the Xbox 360 as a media-streaming device, but very much on its own terms with its own content getting the best quality, and the user's "homebrew" media not being given much importance at all.To illustrate the issues, here we see the same full HD video being run on an older NXE dash at 1080p, and the new Metro offering at both 720p and 1080p.
However, the new 'Metro' dash seems to be downsampling to 720p.
"I'm hoping that this means a fix is on the way, but considering they deleted or marked as fixed all of the threads on this without comment, I'm not holding my breath.
Seems low on the priority list for them." Microsoft has since acknowledged "the community's feedback" in a very short message on the website, suggesting somewhat obliquely that the points put forward will be taken under "consideration for future releases" - a somewhat half-hearted response bearing in mind that in some cases the quality of service is being significantly impacted by bugs and resolution downgrades.
Support (of sorts) for the Bing search engine and You Tube also illustrates how the future focuses on accessing the internet via the TV.
In effect "Metro" is positioning the Xbox 360 as a competitor against the next generation of Smart TVs we can expect to see appear this year, and, via its new Video Marketplace apps, as a one-stop shop for video content on demand.