The Info List - Cross Media Bar

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The XROSSMEDIABAR (pronounced "CrossMediaBar" or "cross-media bar" and officially abbreviated as XMB) is a graphical user interface developed by Sony Interactive Entertainment . The interface features icons that are spread horizontally across the screen. Navigation moves the icons, instead of a cursor . These icons are used as categories to organize the options available to the user. When an icon is selected on the horizontal bar, several more appear vertically, above and below it. They, in turn, are selectable by the up and down directions on a directional pad.

Originally used on the PSX (a PlayStation 2 with an integrated digital video recorder ), the XMB is used as the default interface on both the PlayStation Portable and PlayStation 3 . Since 2006, it has also been used in high-end WEGA TVs , the BRAVIA
starting with the 3000 (only in S-series and above), the Sony XEL-1 OLED TV, HDTV set-top boxes, Blu-ray players, some Sony Cyber-shot cameras and the high-end AV receivers. The Sony Ericsson K850, W595, W760 and W910 feature a version of the XMB as their media menu. The XMB is also the menu system in the new generation of Sony's BRAVIA
TVs. Sony has also added the XMB to its latest range of VAIO

The interface won the Technology "> The PS3's XMB interface

The PlayStation 3 version of the XrossMediaBar
includes ten categories of options: Users, Settings, Photo, Music, Video, TV/Video Services, Game, Network, PlayStation
Network, and Friends. The dynamic lines on the background are more condensed into a 'ribbon' rather than the PSP's large waves, unselected icons shrink slightly and every selectable background color has been made a shade darker. The PS3 includes the following particular abilities: to store various master and secondary user profiles; to manage and explore photos with PHOTO GALLERY or an ordinary musical/non-musical slideshow; to rip audio CDs , rip iTunes AAC protected files, to copy tracks to an attached storage device; and to play music, movies and video files from the hard disk drive, from an optional USB mass storage or Flash card, or from an optical disc ( Blu-ray Disc or DVD-Video). It also has compatibility for a USB keyboard and mouse and a full web browser supporting downloading of multiple file types. The Friends menu allows email with emoticons and attached picture features and video chat which requires an optional webcam (although the PlayStation Eye
PlayStation Eye
and the EyeToy
are official webcams, most USB webcams will work). The PlayStation Network menu allows online shopping through the PlayStation Store .

Also, the PlayStation 3 adds the ability to multitask in ways such as listening to stored audio files while surfing the web or looking at pictures. The PlayStation 3 XMB supports a variety of file formats (see PlayStation 3 System Software ). The PS3 reserves 48 MB of RAM at all times for XMB functions.


Sony Computer Entertainment
Sony Computer Entertainment
America (SCEA) and many other sources state that in-game XMB was the single most requested feature for the PS3 in 2007. In-game XMB functionality was debuted before the launch of the PS3 by SCEI but was omitted due to technical reasons from the official launch. The feature was added to the PlayStation 3 on July 2, 2008 via system update 2.40. However, roughly eleven hours after its release, download of the system update was disabled amidst isolated reports of problems reported by small groups of users since installing the update. Users who had not already downloaded the update were only able to download the previous version, 2.36. On July 8, 2008, System Software version 2.41 was released for the PlayStation 3 which restored the in-game XMB functionality of version 2.40 and addressed the problems Sony had found in 2.40. All of these issues were addressed in the 2.40 system update. Although the ability to play users' own music in-game was added with this update, the feature is dependent on game developers who must enable the feature in their games, perhaps by updating existing games.

Prior to the update, basic forms of XMB friends lists could be found in some modern (August 2007 or newer) PS3 games including; Resistance: Fall of Man (Since the 1.1 patch), Warhawk , Rock Band , Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare , Kane "> Sony has also collaborated with Stanford University to bring the Folding@home
project to the PS3. Once downloaded, the program can be configured to run when the system is idle or executed manually from the XMB. Folding@home
has now been integrated into Life with PlayStation , which has been discontinued as of November 2012.


TVs that have the XMB, the BRAVIA
version of the XrossMediaBar
includes seven categories of options. These include: Settings, Photo, Music, Video, Digital, Analogue, and External Inputs. The BRAVIA
XMB menu works similarly to the in-game XMB menu on the PS3, except with the "Home" button instead. Therefore, it lacks a background and is not BRAVIA's start up menu. Like the PSP and PS3, it has the ability to perform system updates and access the user's music and video on the TV. Unique to the BRAVIA
XMB however, is the ability to view digital channel information just by scrolling through the items on the menu. Although inputs can be instantly selected through the TV, XMB also handles the devices plugged into the TV along with the TV channels. Analogue channels, unlike digital channels, do not display channel information on the XMB.


Generally, the XMB requires 8 different options on a controller. A 4-way directional pad is used to choose categories (using the left and right directions) as well as highlighting options or actions within these categories (using the up and down directions). Two additional buttons are required to select items which are highlighted, as well as to return to the previous "level" of menus (Usually and ) although usually pressing the left directional button will bring the XMB back to the previous menu and using the start button to start software. Another button is required to display an option menu on a certain item (usually ). Some items might not have an option menu. Additionally, is used to group files on the XMB.

The XMB can also be controlled by using the BRAVIA
TV remote control (on both BRAVIA
TVs and PS3 slim models) and by using the PlayStation Move controller by waving the Move around left to right as well as up and down. The controls have been cited as being similar to the film Minority Report .


* Wii Menu
Wii Menu
* Xbox 360 Dashboard /NXE * LiveArea


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