Originally Posted by shortcut3d
I received my beta unit today and the UI is extremely choppy. Much slower than the Xbox 360. If this does not improve, I'll be staying with the Xbox 360.
In addition, even on the latest firmware the Echo is reporting 720p 4:3 to my television. I have to set the TV to use FULL mode instead of normal mode for 16:9 source.
Lastly, my H.264 Handbrake Apple TV3 (1080p) encodes do not play back on the Echo in Media Browser. Avengers will stutter severely while some like Prometheus crash the Echo.
Ok, so here's a 1st for me. But the Echo's menu while still choppy, is definetly faster then the 360. The latest FW release fixed alot of the basic's, that being one of them, and is still being worked on.
The Echo still being 720p and PCM 2.0 is a disapointment at this stage, but ALOT of little issues of general viewing got fixed as well.
shortcut3d, if your not aware, DVD rips, h2.64 and AC-3 (MKV) will play. That is ~10mbps, but BD rips of the same ~20mbps will stutter and crash at times. So does the 360 though.
While progress is extremely slow, it is progress in the right direction.
Only my guess, but I think there will be 1080p and AC-3 next and then who knows, maybe passthrough, just rumor and MO.