Xbox Media Center
Posted 15 June 2004 - 01:26 PM
How it Works and What it Does
The Xbox Media Center or xbmc is the latest version of the old Xbox Media Player that came with many people's Modded Xbox's. It;s the same thing you see an entry for in old versions of Evox. However a lot has changed since it's XBMP days.
As you can see using the Mayhem skin it really starts to look like the high class Media Center PC's. You have your choice of playing videos, music, viewing photos, and even checking the weather if you have it hooked up to the net through weather.com
What is Does
Another plus is that the XBMC folks are really pushing this as Dash replacement. Meaning that instead of Evox or Avalaunch you could just run XBMC to play your games. In fact they have even integrated Xlink within the dash so you can find people to play online fast and easy. It found all my games perfectly and the same for my Emu's and apps. It even has RSS feeds running across the top.
Although I prefer Avalaunch for my dash this thing really does put up a good fight and it looks amazing to boot. The real driving reason to get this App/Dash though is it handeling of multi-media files. I know there are a ton of features but I will let other
people pick up an issues that I missed. My favorite thing about the Xbmc is that it plays almost any format of movies from avi, mpeg, etc. It even plays BIN files. Meaning you don't have to burn a movie, just send the BIN file over and watch. Nice and easy. Another neat feature is that it has a Built in connection to the IMDB. So no more trying to guess the plot or remember who starred in what movie. Just click on imdb or hit auto scan and you will know
The controls for movies are well done as well and include a great chapter skipping feature as well as controls for how the movie fits on your screen. Even if your a rich bastard and own one of those wide-screen HDTV's thing thing will adjust and look great. Another great feature is the auto thumbnail feature which will go through all your pics and generate thumbnails. It also can do slideshows which is neat for those boring vacation photos your Uncle Lester took. ANd who can forget about the Media Streaming option.
this allows you to stream videos , photos and music from your PC to your Xbox using Samba or XBSP or any of the other formats. Although I really haven't had time to set this up I imagine it's a bad-ass feature to have. I wonder how well it works with the Xbox wireless adapter? Anyway in conclusion I have to say that the XBMC is probably the best all around app for the Xbox their is. It handles well, installs well and handles almost all the formats you could possible want. So think about this before you go spend 3 grand on one of those Media Center PC's......
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Posted 15 June 2004 - 04:25 PM
Posted 15 June 2004 - 11:47 PM
I'd love a feature that would download box art for games I own from the net. Well wishful thinking anyways.
Posted 16 June 2004 - 12:52 PM
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Posted 04 July 2004 - 02:00 AM
best "dashboard" ever, now it really feel like a media center
just one question, i didn`t read anything about xlink, so i`m wondering if u can guide me were i can get a FAQ of it, or a Setup guide to install xlink on mediacenter.
Posted 05 July 2004 - 07:14 PM
Posted 06 July 2004 - 10:07 AM
About Xlink, you can't run it along with games you've backed up on your harddrive, right? I reckon it asked me to insert my game-disc. Really annoying as I don't often have them around.
Posted 07 July 2004 - 10:04 AM
|QUOTE (gronne @ Jul 6 2004, 12:07 PM)|
|About Xlink, you can't run it along with games you've backed up on your harddrive, right? I reckon it asked me to insert my game-disc. Really annoying as I don't often have them around.|
Yes, you can run games you have backed up, you just have to back up out of that menu and load your game, the streaming settings are only controled on your xbox, you have to have xlink running on your PC..... imagine it like using your xbox as a remote control for xlink on the PC..... it just stops you having to run back and fourth.
And to the person asking about streaming, yes it works fantastically.... i strongly urge you to use SMB streaming, the others i believe are pretty buggy and SMB is offically supported by XBMC team.
SMB is just standard windows file sharing so you enable sharing on your desired folders and add the settings to XBMC's XML file and thats it, no need for extra software running on your PC.
Thumbnails for games, it will not download them automagically, but most games already have them built in (for use in MS gamesaves manager) XBMC uses them, and for those that dont have one built in you can just stick a folder.jpg (or thumb.tbn?) in the same directory as the Games (or any APP's) default.xbe file and it will u see that............ this also works for movies albums, and i think pictures too (For directorys containing pic's, the pictures themselves are made as thumbnails abviously).
This is a truly great app that i would really pay serious money to have, but its free!!!
EDIT:: Stupid mistakes corrected.
Edited by shorty, 15 July 2004 - 03:15 AM.
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