Instant Messaging for Xbox 360
From May 7 Xbox 360 users will be able to communicate with PC’s and Live messenger enabled portable devices. Users will be able to chat using the on screen keyboard built into the console or by attaching any other keyboard into the console’s USB ports. Microsoft also plans on launching a new accessory that will connect directly into the Xbox 360 controller to support text and instant messaging.
Bringing the largest IM community in the world, Windows Live Messenger, to Xbox 360 makes sense, as Xbox Live has really become the largest social network on television, said Jerry Johnson, product unit manager of Xbox Live at Microsoft.
Some other features in the Spring update include
– Switchable aspect ratio now available during video playback (Auto to Letterbox, Zoom, Stretch, Native).
– Added H.264 video support: Up to 10 Mbps peak, Baseline, Main, and High profiles with 2 channel AAC LC.
– Added MPEG-4 Part 2 video support: Up to 5 Mbps peak, Simple Profile with 2 channel AAC LC.
– Extension of the background download functionality will allow owners to set their Xbox 360 console to turn off automatically after downloads are complete.
– Updates to Xbox Live Arcade allow owners to quickly see which Xbox Live Arcade games their friends are playing and join in the fun. Xbox Live members can also compare progress of leaderboard scores and Achievements directly with all friends on their friends list. Expanded “Tell a Friend” capabilities make it easier than ever to boast about Achievements and high scores.
– The console will block the user who attempts to download content onto a storage device that will never have the capacity to store the item without deducting any points associated with the content item.