|Originally posted by tristanc
No. The quickest way to update the Dashboard is to have a connection to Xbox Live. Many games have also included the updates (and I thought demo discs, but could be wrong). Fable--because it's not an online game--did not.
Fable won't play in 480p automatically on a very small subset of HDTVs. For everyone else--myself in this bucket--the game is plug-n-play in 480p.
Well, as far as "a very small subset of HDTVs" goes, I work for a software development company and we have 5 different HDTV capable monitors, a dozen office HDTVs of different brands, and then including my co-workers' home equipment a few dozen more HDTVs. On top of this we have access to a few X2VGAs as well as X2VGA+... I can assure you that every single one of these with a non-patched ***NEW XBOX*** dashboard the game will not display *UNLESS* the TV can support or otherwise resample the bizarre resolution that Fable is actually in.
There are also problems with other titles, some do not go away with the dashboard upgrade (panzer dragoon is one of them).
Sift around on the net and you will find many, many people who have issues with the oddities of both new XBOXes as well as the goofy resolution that Fable comes in. If you get access to a television that will tell you the "actual resolution" regardless of what it might be forcing it to, you will be able to confirm this.
Some older XBOXes have no need for the patch for games to work in 480p, that is true enough, but your generalization or guesstimates couldn't be less correct.
Google it if you doubt it, this is becoming a well known problem with newer batches of xboxes.