The 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.
Streaming Media to an Xbox using FreeNAS
Streaming Media to an Xbox using Microsoft's Home Media EcoSystem
Streaming Media to an Xbox using Nero MediaHome.
Streaming Media to the Xbox using Orb
Streaming Media to an Xbox using PlayOn.tv
Streaiming Media to an Xbox using PS3 Media Server
Streaming Media to an Xbox using Tversity
Streaming Media to an Xbox using TwonkyMedia Server