Recently we heard how the Metro UI dashboard update for Xbox 360, which arrived back in December, had caused the usage of entertainment apps to soar, however Xbox Live’s director of programming Larry Hyb (aka Major Nelson) has admitted that there is a color space issue with some of the video apps.
The good news is that the Xbox Live programmers are currently working on a fix, no ETA has been given, but at least those of you who are experiencing the color space problems know that it has at least been acknowledged and should be fixed in the near future.
You can see Major Nelson’s tweet which revealed this news 16 hours ago below:
We’re aware of the colorspace issue w/ some Xbox video apps & are working on a fix. No ETA yet but we hope to have an update soon.
Having not experienced the issue ourselves we thought we would carry out a little research into the matter, there’s an interesting thread over at the Xbox forums which fully details the color space problem, someone claims that this issue is system wide and all 360’s which connect to a TV using HDMI or the component cable, here’s how you can replicate the problem:
Simply turn on your 360 and ensure that you are viewing the dashboard aka Xbox Home, then go across to the video tab and enter My Video Apps, now play any video and notice how bright the video is, if you exit the video player by just using the ‘B’ button you will notice that the screen is much darker – this is the color space issue which Major Nelson is reporting.
If you then go into the video and carry on watching it it’s much darker than before, below we have embedded two photos showing the brightness before and after – as you can see the difference is quite substantial.
We would love to hear from you if this annoying issue has affected you, later today we may upload a video showing the problem in more detail (that’s if it occurs on our 360), we will keep you posted when we hear more information on the fix.
Have you spotted any other bugs with the new dashboard?
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