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Old 08-27-2010, 04:34 AM   #61
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Default Xbox Live Voice Chat to Actually Be Improved Later This Year

Since I'm still not sure if Destructoid is safe from that Script-Inf virus, I'll just quote directly from the article.

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That will always be a problem with the countless mumble-mouthed kiddies online, but at least their mumbles will sound a bit more clear when Microsoft updates the Xbox 360 later this year.

Coming in line with Kinect's tech, this upgrade will bump up the codec and the audio infrastructure that connects your Xbox 360's chat facilities with another's. Xbox Live Studios' Jerry Johnson said that this should make for clear(er) chat when you play online.

"The codec we used when we first launched was a low bit rate codec and we stuck with that," Johnson said at the Edinburgh Interactive Festival today, reports Eurogamer.

While broadband was required at service launch, it was a 64k connection and the chat service was tailored for that. Johnson notes that most won't think of that low a connection speed as broadband these days.

"It's time for us to move on. Especially if we want to think about broadening - a crackly headset on the top of your head not what people think of when they talk about popular entertainment."
Maybe I won't have to constantly ask "What'd you say?" constantly.
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Old 08-27-2010, 04:52 AM   #62
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Or constantly say constantly constantly.

And good news.
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Old 08-27-2010, 04:53 AM   #63
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Yay no more muffle.
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Old 08-27-2010, 05:02 AM   #64
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Now I'll be able to understand more than half the things Mega says.
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Old 08-27-2010, 06:33 AM   #65
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Old 08-27-2010, 07:42 AM   #66
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BOUT FUCKIN TIME.
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Old 08-27-2010, 09:07 AM   #67
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Or constantly say constantly constantly.
I said constantly constantly to put emphasis on me constantly having to ask someone constantly to repeat themselves constantly.
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Old 08-27-2010, 09:59 AM   #68
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You sure use the word constantly often.
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Old 08-27-2010, 10:00 AM   #69
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Old 08-27-2010, 10:11 AM   #70
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No, it's delicate and beautiful!
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Old 08-27-2010, 10:14 AM   #71
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Oh. I just assumed everybody I played with had shitty voices. huh
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Old 08-27-2010, 10:51 AM   #72
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Nah. Just Microsoft being silly and not updating their Xbox Live voice chat codec for nearly 9 years now.

I wonder if this means we have to get new microphones too. I'm not certain if upping the codec necessarily means we will.
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Old 08-27-2010, 11:15 AM   #73
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I heard not.
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Old 08-27-2010, 11:18 AM   #74
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The mics aren't that bad, I think I've heard them used on a PC and they don't sound like they're filtered through 10 layers of cotton.
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Old 08-27-2010, 11:28 AM   #75
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My mic always has 10 layers of cotton on it. At all times.
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Old 08-27-2010, 12:36 PM   #76
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You sure use the word constantly constantly.
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Old 08-27-2010, 01:02 PM   #77
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Maybe I'll actually be able to hear people now.
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Old 08-27-2010, 01:25 PM   #78
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Old 08-27-2010, 01:36 PM   #79
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I'll be able to hear the pain in your yells when I beat you with Paul.
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Old 08-27-2010, 01:38 PM   #80
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REIKFFN PERAAAAALLLLLL! PRHUCKEEEN FRRRRTFLOOEEOP!
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Old 08-28-2010, 09:10 PM   #81
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So this will happen sometime in November.
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Old 08-28-2010, 10:01 PM   #82
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Hey, we'll be able to hear arguments of the dairy variety clearer!
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Old 08-30-2010, 10:21 AM   #83
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http://majornelson.com/archive/2010/...scription.aspx

http://www.joystiq.com/2010/08/30/xb...ear-beginning/

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Since launching Xbox LIVE in 2002 we have continually added more content and entertainment experiences for our members, while keeping the price the same. Were confident that when the new pricing takes effect, an Xbox LIVE Gold membership will continue to offer the best value in the industry.

However, we do want to thank our loyal members and give you the opportunity to lock in your current price with an additional discount, so now would be a good time to renew your subscription.
Stock up on yo' prepaid cards.
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Old 08-30-2010, 10:23 AM   #84
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Glad I canceled my subscription. Happy Birthday to me and all that.
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Old 08-30-2010, 10:46 AM   #85
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Fuck that shit. Makes me glad I have a PS3 also.
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Old 08-30-2010, 11:31 AM   #86
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That the same time the ESPN is hitting the 360?
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Old 08-30-2010, 11:41 AM   #87
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I guess there are... licensing fees?

Anyway, remember how I said I canceled my subscription too late? Well, uh... they still haven't charged me for this 3 month period. I got that email that the next 3 months were all paid up last week, but it hasn't appeared on my statement. Did anyone else not get charged this month or...?
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Old 08-30-2010, 11:42 AM   #88
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PS3 all the way
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Old 08-30-2010, 11:53 AM   #89
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MICROSOFT IS RUNNING OUT OF MONEY.

HOLY SHIT WE'RE FUCKED.
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Old 08-30-2010, 11:58 AM   #90
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Now my 360 can collect even more dust
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