Xbox 360 and Windows make friends

Update for XP planned

Microsoft has announced that a new update to the Media Center edition of Windows will enable far greater cross-over functionality with the new Xbox 360 console than the existing edition of XP. Once installed, the new update will allow gamers to stream movies from their PC, through their Xbox 360. The function will apparently cover content saved on the PCs hard-disk, and could therefore be used as part of systems like iTunes, which recently started offering movie downloads too. Snappily titled Update Rollup 2 for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005, the upgrade will be release via Windows Update.

We're told that once installed the Xbox 360 will be able to manage up to 200 media files stored on a local PC, and there will even be cross-compatibility enabling DVD burning, and HD tuners. Those with a Media Center edition of XP (the most recently released version of the dominant OS), can bag a copy of the update for free, we're told.

The Xbox 360 is due out on November 22nd stateside, on December 2nd in Europe, and on December 10th in Japan. More soon.

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