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Xbox 360

xbox 360The Xbox 360 is the latest generation console from Microsoft and was built with not only high end gaming in mind. It was also designed as a Media Center, giving you the opportunity to play Multimedia content from your local hard disk, the DVD drive, a USB disk or device, a UPnP Server on your local network or the Internet.

The technical specifications of the Xbox are very high and these are needed to deliver the graphically intensive and realistic gaming that the Xbox offers. The specifications however are also excellent for playing both Standard and High Definition Video Content, Music and Photos from any source.

The main specifications we are interested in here for playing multimedia are:-

  • Three symmetrical cores running at 3.2 GHz each
  • Built in Ethernet port and Wi-Fi ready (802.11a, 802.11b, and 802.11g)
  • Standard and High Definition output support and resolutions up to 1080p
  • Multi-channel surround sound output

Controlling access to you media can be done via a games controller but Microsoft have also developed a Universal Remote Control, allowing you to control your TV, Xbox 360 and your Windows Media Center. The one main drawback to using the Xbox for a Media Center however is the noise the fans make, which is a little louder than you would like and may spoil your Movie experience.

Supported Video formats and codecs on the Xbox

Comparison of Media servers supported by the Xbox

 

Streaming Media to an Xbox using FreeNAS

Setting up the UPnP Server on FreeNAS for streaming Media to the XBox

Connecting the XBox to the FreeNAS UPnP server

 

Streaming Media to an Xbox using Microsoft's Home Media EcoSystem

Setting up Microsoft's Home Media Ecosystem (Windows Media Connect)

Connecting the Xbox to Microsoft Home Media Ecosystem

 

Streaming Media to an Xbox using Nero MediaHome.

Installing Nero MediaHome

How to Stream Media and Live TV to an Xbox using Nero MediaHome

 

Streaming Media to the Xbox using Orb

Installing Orb

How to Stream Media to the Xbox using Orb

 

Streaming Media to an Xbox using PlayOn.tv

Installing PlayOn.tv

Connecting an Xbox to Playon.tv for Streaming Multimedia

 

Streaiming Media to an Xbox using PS3 Media Server

Installing PS3 Media Server

How to stream media to an Xbox using PS3 Media Server

 

Streaming Media to an Xbox using Tversity

Installing Tversity

Connecting an Xbox to Tversity for Streaming Multimedia

 

Streaming Media to an Xbox using TwonkyMedia Server

Installing TwonkyMedia Server

How to Stream Media to an Xbox using TwonkyMedia Server