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Xbox 360 Now Officially Better Than The PS3

Posted on Tuesday, January 1 @ 21:47:17 Eastern by Duke_Ferris
Thanks to the DivX upgrades in December, there is now no reason to get a PS3 instead of an Xbox 360.

There are the old arguments about how most dual-platform games look and play better on the 360 (so far). And Xbox live is just better than the Playstation Network (so far). Those gaps may change as developers get better with the PS3 and Sony improves the network. But Microsoft can do something that Sony just can't do.

I hadn't had a chance to play with the new DivX support on  the Xbox 360 and the PS3 until my holiday vacation, and both are very nice additions. However, the ability of the 360 to browse your computer and stream damn near every video file you have to your HDTV is the best new console feature ever.

Am I feeling the "next-gen"? I finally am.

PS3 owners don't have to suffer too badly, they'll have to burn anything they want to watch onto a DVD and then play that. But it's just not as cool as streaming it all wirelessly.

Here's how to set it up on Windows -

To configure your computer to share video, music and photos with your Xbox 360 (and vice versa), first make sure your Xbox 360 is turned on and connected to your home network before beginning.

Click the Now Playing button at the top of  Windows Media Player 11 (yes, you need 11) and choose More Options from the drop down menu. On the Library tab in the Options, click Configure Sharing.



Check the box next to "Share my media to", then select your Xbox 360 and click the Allow button - now there's a check mark on the Xbox 360 icon instead of a warning sign. (If you get an error message, follow the steps to set your network from Public to Private.)

Go back to your 360. On the Media blade, choose Videos, then hit the X button to Change Video Source. Select your computer from the list. You can now browse your computer's music, photos and videos.

You will probably be prompted to download an additional free update for AAC playback for some files, but you only need to do it once.

Now sit back, relax, and enjoy! Pure awesomeness.

 



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