Microsoft’s Media Center becomes Xbox 360- friendly

In a bid to give its forthcoming Xbox 360 an edge over Sony’s PlayStation 3, Microsoft has announced that the latest update to its Media Center 2005 operating system – ‘Update Rollup 2’ – allows the console and a Media-Center equipped PC to talk to each other.

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By  Cleona Godinho Published  October 16, 2005

In a bid to give its forthcoming Xbox 360 an edge over Sony’s PlayStation 3, Microsoft has announced that the latest update to its Media Center 2005 operating system – ‘Update Rollup 2’ – allows the console and a Media-Center equipped PC to talk to each other. According to Microsoft, the highlight of this upgrade is it allows PCs to remotely connect to an Xbox 360 on the same wireless network. This in turn means users could access music, videos and family photos from their media centre PCs and display this content on a television connected to the console. The upgrade also allows users to stream high-definition content from their PCs to their television sets, which the firm claims is a brand new feature. Also included in the upgrade is support for external multi-disk DVD changers, additional support for HDTV tuners, and a power-saving mode, called ‘Away’. This mode also lets users record their favourite TV shows and stream it to their Xbox 360, while the PC appears to be off. The firm also says this new feature will be built into upcoming systems from PC manufacturers such as Acer and HP. Many analysts expect ‘Update Rollup 2’ to be the last upgrade to Windows XP Media Centre 2005, as future updates are likely to be absorbed by Windows Vista. Windows Media Centre users who are part of Mirosoft's Genuine Advantage programme can download the 29MB upgrade pack from www.microsoft.com/downloads.

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