X360 HD DVD update

Available now.

Microsoft has released an update for the Xbox 360 HD DVD player on Xbox Live.

It will be automatically applied to your hardware the next time you watch a film in sparkly high-definition while being signed into Live.

The biggest improvements are in the audio department, which now boasts more output choices when using TOSLINK or HDMI connections. You can choose from Digital Stereo (2 channel PCM), Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1, and WMA Pro. You'll also find a new "Dynamic Range Control" option to fiddle around with.

Networking support has been updated, as has title compatibility, and you should find that performance with MPEG-4 AVC and H.264 files has been tweaked.

Those of you about to buy an Xbox 360 Elite in America will also be pleased that 1080p is now supported via HDMI, while concerned mums and dads can now flex upgraded parental powers (well, controls).

Don't worry if you don't have access to Live to download the update, as it will be available later in the week from Xbox.com.

So, um, how many of you bought the HD DVD add-on?

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