The original version of this guide showed a method where you can use TVersity to play DivX and XviD file on the Xbox 360, even though the Xbox 360 did not natively support DivX and XviD playback. TVersity allows for realtime transcoding (conversion) of the DivX/XviD file to WMV, a format that the Xbox 360 does support. But with the 2007 Fall Update for the Xbox 360, DivX and XviD playback was added to the list of natively supported video formats on the 360, and hence, the old guide was no longer necessary.

This revised guide, now shows you how to set up a media server, by using either TVersity or Windows Media Player 11. There is no transcoding involved with either method, and you can easily apply the instructions to setting up other UPnP compatible media servers.

The Xbox 360 is a great games console, with HD output. It is now also a good alternative to buying a HD DVD player, if you purchase the HD-DVD add-on drive. With it’s Windows MCE extender and UPnP functions, it can also serve as a media hub for your home entertainment system, streaming video, audio and pictures from your central media server (Windows MCE or UPnP server). With the 2007 Fall Update, both DivX and XviD is now supported through the AVI and .divx containers. This guide will teach you how to setup your own UPnP server using the free software TVersity or Windows Media Player 11, so you can stream DivX/XviD files to your Xbox 360 without having to burn any media or to copy the files over.

DivX and XviD support has the following restrictions:

  • Maximum Resolution: 1280×720 (720p) @ 30 FPS
  • Maximum Bitrate: 5 Mbps (files with higher bitrates will play, but playback quality is not guaranteed)
  • Audio Support: MP3, AC3 (2.0 and 5.1)
  • MPEG-4 ASP Features: B-Frames, Interlaced Frames, Q-Pel, GMC and MPEG Quantization

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