Xbox 360 gets firmware update for HD DVD

Posted by Mark Raby

Redmond (WA) - Owners of the Xbox 360 HD DVD player can now download an update that should fix a couple playback problems that have recently plagued the top-selling HD DVD hardware.

According to Xbox official blogger Larry Hryb, the update adds increased support for titles, which should patch the playback problems seen in the Digital Video Essentials HD calibration disc. Menu selection problems in HD Scape titles have also been fixed.

In addition, the new update allows users to select digital stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1, or WMA Pro as the default audio output.  It also adds support for HDMI with the Xbox 360 Elite, and new parental controls.

A couple other minor audio/video playback optimizations are part of the update, which automatically downloads the next time the user attempts to play a movie from the HD DVD drive.  The update will also be posted on Xbox.com later this week.