Are you positive about that? The devil is in the details. This is from the official new release on xbox.com.
Added MPEG-4 Part 2 video support: Up to 5 Mbps peak, Simple Profile with 2 channel AAC LC.
I understood that Xvid used the advanced profile. So I'm going to wait until the update is released and it's been tested before I get too excited.
Plus it's been comfirmed from Microsoft that these newly implemented codecs will not work with the media centre extender functions within the xbox360. Check the xbox360 forum here for more details.
Thats correct on both accounts - its unlikely that Divx or Xvid will be supported and even if it was included it would only be able to be played from the dashboard and not the extender.
H.264 support. Excellent.
MS offers TV content on the video marketplace in the US, if they added in xvid and divx support it would more than likely put this growing relationship (and profitable one) in danger
Lets face it you cant compare a 360 to a pc (which has no owners and is esentally an open platform)... like it or not 99% of xvid and divx use is illegal content MS cannot support this and neither will sony
More chance with DIVX as it can be licenced though..
One of the issues about DivX support is that it costs money. And if MS were to offer it for a free update MS would have to absorb the cost themselves (and despite they are a huge company, imagine the costs involved for all the 360s out there). And they are probably reluctant to put it on the marketplace as an option, because people would complain like hell.
With DivX players from tesco etc, the license costs are included in the price of the player, but obviously, they costs are not included with the 360, so someone would have to pay, be that MS or the consumer.
true, people dont realise this.
some microsoft employee talking about divx in another forum (forget the source) said the same and said "its possible from a technical point of view but not from a business point of view" or something like that
if it costs money though i wonder if they could do an add on download and charge say £5 for divx support?
i would buy it
mp3 is supported though so this counters this argument, and to be fair, if you wanted to, it's not that difficult to convert 'obtained' video into WMV or MPG for 360 playback is it.
Comes down to cash and politics (trying to establish WMV as a leader) imho.