Using the XBox 360 as an HTPC with uShare

Posted on October 16, 2007
Author: Sean Potter
Pages: 1 2 3 4 5
Tags: HTPC, uPnP

Conclusion

uShare is turning out to be a great tool, especially for those of us with Playstations 3 or XBox 360. Of course, you can also benefit by using the Linux distribution it was meant for: GeeXboX. Provided your media is encoded in the proper formats, you should have no problem turning your XBox 360 into a Home Theater monster. You won't be able to watch live TV through it (the functionality is coming to the PS3, so why not the 360 as well?), but you can watch and listen to most of the media stored on your hard drives. After our brief interview with the lead developer, we learned that in future releases you should be able to play a full range of formats on the 360 and Playstation3. uShare is a terrific piece of software, and future updates look very promising. However, the developers always need more help! If you've got an XBox 360, Playstation 3, or other hardware UPnP device, join in the development through the homepage or GeeXboX. We'd love to releases with graphical clients, an improved web interface, and transcoding support out soon. The more people helping the project, the faster we'll see this stuff. Pros:
  • Streams media over the network to supported UPnP devices
  • Playstation 3 and XBox 360 Compatible
  • Easy configuration from the command line
  • Extendable via scripts
  • Written in C for Speed!
Cons:
  • No transcoding support yet
  • No graphical tools
  • Web interface is plain
  • Rating

    9/10

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