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PS3 Gets DivX Support, Coming Soon to Xbox 360 117

Mpegged writes "The popular DivX video codec will soon be supported on the PlayStation 3 via a future firmware update. DivX CEO Kevin Hell also hinted that support is coming to the 360 as well. 'During the SMid Cap conference call with investment firm JP Morgan, Hell was asked if the recent deal that will see DivX codecs shipped with new versions of Microsoft's standalone Media Center Extenders means that such support will also be arriving on the Xbox 360. "Yes!" was his immediate reply, although he quickly qualified that confirmation with a disclaimer that the deal was still in the negotiation process and had not yet been finalized.'"
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PS3 Gets DivX Support, Coming Soon to Xbox 360

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  • by CaseM ( 746707 ) on Tuesday November 13, 2007 @12:07PM (#21336905)
    it's about f*****' time!

    I hate transcoding with a passion - the best media centers out there (TVersity, Orb) still seem somewhat buggy and just stop working sometimes. They're great, but if I have to remote admin to my media server to stop and restart the service to watch a TV show, then I'm less inclined to want to bother with it. At their best, transcoders (for obvious reasons) lower the quality of the video to get it over to your console/system of choice.
  • Why the moaning? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by coldgunner ( 890254 ) on Tuesday November 13, 2007 @12:08PM (#21336927)
    Can't understand the complaints as to why we didn't get xvid etc, I mean, they didn't have to add divx and its better than having none at all
  • Re:And here I am.. (Score:3, Insightful)

    by MBGMorden ( 803437 ) on Tuesday November 13, 2007 @12:30PM (#21337267)
    Unless you were being sarcastic, I think it was pretty obvious that the GP isn't having fun with the Wii. Just because some others tell you that this new magic console is *fun* doesn't make it so. Fun is subjective.

    I don't own a Wii, but my brother does. It was indeed fun, for an hour or so. I have no real further inclination to mess with one again though, and after the novelty factor wore off he doesn't play it anymore either (he's back to playing his PS2 again).

    Different strokes for different folks. I know some love the Wii-mote concept, but for me it's a gimmick that gets old VERY quickly. I'll make the same comparison as I have to DDR. DDR is an awesome game. I have gone through 4 mats and still play a lot. It's a good concept with a unique input method. Making the leap from "DDR is fun!" though to "hey, we should make all our games revolve around a dance mat!" is not a wise move. The Wii-mote is the same way. Nice toy for a game or two, but overall, a standard controler is far better suited to most games.
  • Re:xbmc (Score:3, Insightful)

    by DJProtoss ( 589443 ) on Tuesday November 13, 2007 @12:58PM (#21337733)
    True, although the linux port is probably a ways off yet [ especially what I really would like, which would be a linux port running on the PS3. Yes, I'm somewhat sick like that ] Big problem with XMBC is ( as alluded to above ) it can't cope with HD, and (worse) it can only cope with h264 to a somewhat limited extent.
  • The codecs I miss (Score:2, Insightful)

    by nonos ( 158469 ) on Tuesday November 13, 2007 @01:19PM (#21338067)
    They removed the PS2 BC codec and added divx ? Is the PS3 a game console ?
  • Re:DivX Players? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by DrXym ( 126579 ) on Tuesday November 13, 2007 @01:23PM (#21338149)
    I have a DivX Player... It's called a computer...

    Good for you. Next you're going to say that your computer is hooked up to your TV and everyone else should do the same?

    Fact is the PS3 and the 360 are plugged into a TV by definition and have more than enough power to play music and video. In that capacity it makes perfect sense to utilise them as multimedia jukeboxes.

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