Xbox One

Dec 12 2017

News - Axiim announces Link HD - 7.1 WiSA USB dongle for Xbox One and Windows 10 PC

It isn't very often when a new product leaves me speechless, but the Axiim Link HD did exactly that when I discovered its existance. It is fantastic in its simplicity (as a product) because it essentially turns your Windows 10 HTPC or Xbox One into a multi-channel wireless audio (via WiSA) "AVR". Based on the PR it looks like audio CODECs will be decoded on the PC/Xbox and output over PCM, but I will ask about this and whether power is supplied via the USB 2.0 connection to the PC/Xbox (awesome) or if a separate power supply is required (slightly less awesome).

UPDATE:

1) Link HD is USB powered!

2) Source device does need to handle decoding chores and provide PCM to the Link HD.

Dec 13 2016

News - Microsoft adds HBR bit streaming support to XBox One & XBox One S to Insider build

While it's pretty shameful that the XBox One didn't ship with HBR bit stream support, it wasn't that big of an issue until the next-gen formats found on UltraHD Blu-ray came out, because to get all that spatial goodness they must be decoded in the AVR. Microsoft promised to deliver exactly that a while back, and it looks like the feature is rolling out to the Insider (read Beta) XBox group now. When this feature hits stable, it will solidify the XBox One S as the UltraHD Blu-ray player to get - and if I had a UHD display I would certainly be asking Santa for one.

Thanks to Curt Wilber for the heads up.

Dec 17 2015

News - Plex opens arms, frees consoles

If you're a PlayStation 3/4 or Xbox One PLEX aficionado, you will be pleased to learn that according to Neowin all three apps have been freed from the shackles of service fees.

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