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#1 XboxIguana

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Posted 27 November 2005 - 10:58 PM

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Well sort of ... it's still very cool.

I was messing around with the Media Extender interface on the X360, and noticed that the "More Programs" linked to a couple of apps installed on my PC as part of the Media Center Package, including MS Instant Messenger and some other stuff. All of these run when you access them from the 360 Media Extender client. The 360 essentially seems to act as a dumb terminal, interfacing with the application running on the PC.

Here's where things really get interesting: It's apparently very easy to integrate Windows applications into the MCE "More Programs" tab. All you have to do is build a link in a format specified by MS and do some minor optimization, and the app will run in MCE. Here is how MS describes the process of building games for MCE: http://msdn.MS.com/l...vgameswinmc.asp
So I downloaded a couple of apps and installed them on MCE, switched over to the 360, and lo and behold, most of them run perfectly. I was able to run apps with modified browsers to pull down news stories, stock quotes, sports scores etc., as well as several Internet Radio clients.

I also tried installing a couple of shareware games, including a Tetris clone and some card games. Interestingly, they all launch on the 360, but crash soon afterwards. My guess is that you could get them to run with some optimization. There even is a MAME emu for MCE out there, though I haven't tried to install it.

My guess is that it will be difficult to get anything other than the simplest games to run in real time using the interface, due to lag in response times. But I would think getting so,ething like a full web browser up and running should be achievable.


Images and the origanal post here http://www.ga-forum....ead.php?t=73324

Im not sure if its true, It was posted another forum.

Every time I post the MS link in the quate it changes it to the wrong link. http:// msdn.MS. com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/dnxpmce/html/devgameswinmc .asp

Edited by XboxIguana, 27 November 2005 - 11:21 PM.


#2 MrPhunkee

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Posted 27 November 2005 - 11:03 PM

Page cannot be found. And images dont work

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Posted 27 November 2005 - 11:10 PM

All should work now.

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Posted 27 November 2005 - 11:25 PM

Thx.

2 bad the images have exceed bandwith sad.gif

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Posted 27 November 2005 - 11:32 PM

Yea that happend right after I posted.

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Posted 27 November 2005 - 11:53 PM

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Edited by XboxIguana, 27 November 2005 - 11:54 PM.


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Posted 28 November 2005 - 12:00 AM

Sweet. But couldn't this be just be done with a pc card from pc to tv? Dunno, would be cool if it is tough

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Posted 28 November 2005 - 12:02 AM

It could be faked so easly. But I hope its real.

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Posted 28 November 2005 - 12:07 AM

Meh this looks like wishful thinking, just opening up shareware apps on a x360? No way man sad.gif I mean would the programs have to be recompiled to work on the POWER platform? Good joke though I must say!

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Posted 28 November 2005 - 03:44 AM

Its real...I have xbox-scene rss feed on my xbox 360. I the weather.

Now for my wishlist.. smile.gif

1. Someone please come up with a way to get my xm(like on xbmc). I cant imagine it would be that complicated.

2. A webrowser would be nifty also




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Posted 28 November 2005 - 04:25 AM

Dont think it is. It would be all over the place.

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Posted 28 November 2005 - 04:51 AM

Its quite real...If you don't believe it download a few programs and install them yourself thats what I did. M$ market place has a variety of free programs as well as one which cost money.

I haven't attepted to run other things through the interface yet. So far everything I have tried was written to work in mce.

In case, there is a doubt, here is a screen shot of newgator, with the xbox-scene rss feed. Sorry I accidently deleted the first post already since I read it. Notice the little notice from xbox live as well.

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Posted 28 November 2005 - 05:36 AM

is this a program downloadable for somewhere, Xbox Live for example??

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Posted 28 November 2005 - 05:44 AM

Link to plugins

There is where I got them. Just install them and they will be available on your 360. I am tackling MAME now with perfectly legit roms of course. I'll let you know how I fare. You will need media center edition installed of course, in order to use the plugins.

newgator is free, and the one I used to get the rss feed.






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Posted 01 December 2005 - 12:10 AM

actually those are being run from a media center computer and the 360 is just acting like a monitor




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