The XROSSMEDIABAR (pronounced 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 laptops.
The interface won the Technology "> The PS3's XMB interface
PlayStation 3 version of the
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.
IN-GAME XMB MENU
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.
BRAVIA TVs that have the XMB, the
BRAVIA version of the
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 .
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