What kinds of discs can the Xbox 360 Read?
The Xbox 360 can read Xbox 360 Discs, Xbox 1 Discs, DVDs, CDs, DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-RW, DVD+RW, CD-R, CD-RW, DualDiscs and probably some other formats as well.
Can the Xbox360 play DVD Audio Discs?
Can the Xbox360 play MS's own WMV HD DVDs?
No (despite the fact that pre-launch they said it could), however if appropriate licenses are available WMV HD files may be streamed over the network using windows media connect.
Can the Xbox360 play the upcoming HD-DVD or BRD media?
The base hardware no, however their is now an HD-DVD drive that connects through the USB port that will allow the playback of HD-DVD movies. There is no Blu-Ray drive add-on avaible or planned.
Do I need to purchase something like a "playback kit" to watch my DVD movies?
No The Xbox360 will allow DVD playback without any additional purchase, Although the remote is not included with Core versions the IR receiver is built in so you don't have to worry about it taking up any ports on your Xbox360 either. Early Premium Edition consoles will come with a "Media Remote" which is a smaller version of the $30 "Universal remote" available. HD-DVD movies require the purchase of the external HD-DVD USB drive.
Is DVD playback progressive scan this time, or better yet, upscaled to HD?
DVD playback is definitely progressive scan, It does not support upscaling through component video connections. If you have your Xbox 360 setup to output in 720p, 1080i, or 1080p it will automatically switch to 480p when a DVD movie is inserted. However if using a VGA connection movies will be scaled to your desired output resolution.
Can I rip music from a CD to the Xbox360's optional hard drive through the Xbox Dashboard?
Can I copy MP3s from an MP3-CD to the Xbox360's optional hard drive through the Xbox Guide?
No, music can only be ripped from an actual CD. However If you burn MP3s into a standard audio cd format you can rip those to the Xbox360's optional hard drive.
Can I rip DVDs to the Xbox360's optional hard drive?
Can I play video files from a disc?
Yes, in addition to DVD movies you can play WMV files from a writable DVD or CD.
What kind of files can I stream from a USB device?
You can stream Audio files in MP3, and WMA, and Picture files in JPG, GIF, BMP, PNG, and TIFF formats, and video files using Mpeg-2 and WMV codecs.
Can the Xbox360 stream media from other sources?
Yes; you can stream media from MP3 players, Digital Cameras, Pen Drives, (any USB mass storage device) Even hard drives connected through USB.
Do I need anything special to Stream from my Apple iPod?
Yes there is a driver required to stream music from an Apple iPod, this can be downloaded for free through the Xbox Live Marketplace.
...From Window XP Media Center Edition PC:
Will I have to buy a Media Center Extender Kit to stream video from my Media Center PC?
No, Media Center Extender Capabilities are built right in.
What type of files can I play/stream?
With a Windows Media center PC you can stream Audio files in MP3, and WMA, Picture files in JPG, GIF, BMP, PNG, and TIFF formats, and video files using Mpeg-2 and WMV codecs.
Can the Xbox360 Play Divx and Xvid files?
Can I run Media Center Applications through the Media Center Extender?
Yes you can, however it seems to be somewhat limited and often buggy.
...From a normal Windows XP PC:
Will all network streaming be done through the Media Center Extender?
No, the Xbox360 has network streaming capabilities auxiliary to the Media Center Extender that can allow it to stream from non MCE Windows XP machines. This can be done through a free program called "Windows Media Connect". However it is a simple streaming application and not as feature filled as the Media Center Extender.
Where can I download Windows Media Connect?
What type of files can I play/stream?
With Windows Media Connect you can stream Audio files in MP3, and WMA, Picture files in JPG, GIF, BMP, PNG, and TIFF formats, and video files using Mpeg-2 and WMV codecs.
Will the Xbox Guide Work while I'm watching a DVD or playing a CD
Can I turn off Alerts while watching a movie?
Yes, there is an option to disable Alerts while watching a movie.
Can I use streamed music [from a PC or USB device] as an in-game soundtrack?
Yes, Music stored on the optional hard drive, as well as any device that the Xbox can stream music from can be used for an in-game soundtrack. Simply pausing the Xbox Guide button will bring up a menu where you can setup your custom soundtracks.
What is the difference between the Xbox Guide and the Xbox Dashboard?
The Xbox Guide offers access to certain features while you are in the middle of playing games/movies/music/etc. Features such as controlling your custom soundtracks, sending messages/invites, and viewing stats. Because of this it must take minimal system resources. The Dashboard is reserved for more resource intensive things like ripping music, launching arcade games, changing system settings, etc. To access the dashboard you must exit your game, or movie. The Xbox guide can be accessed while in the Dashboard, and you can stop your game or movie and enter the Dashboard at anytime through the Xbox Guide.
If I don't have the optional Hard Drive will I still have the Xbox Guide and the Xbox Dashboard?
Yes, the Guide and Dashboard are not stored on the optional hard drive so they will still be available even without it.
If anything needs to be added or corrected in this FAQ please post here or PM me and I will make the necessary changes (and give you credit of course )
Edited by StrictPuppet, 14 January 2008 - 07:12 PM.