Microsoft has said that it plans to improve the technical quality of voice communication across Xbox Live through a system update, set to arrive this fall. The update, which Eurogamer
reports will coincide with the November launch of Kinect
, will upgrade the audio codec that handles all of your online chatting, strategizing and your mothering
. [Update: Major Nelson has also confirmed the change in codec with Joystiq.]
Speaking at the Edinburgh Interactive Festival
, Xbox Live Europe general manager Jerry Johnson explained that the basic codec had originally required just a 64k connection. "It's time for us to move on," he said. "Especially if we want to think about broadening - a crackly headset on the top of your head – not what people think of when they talk about popular entertainment."
Johnson's next statement, which suggested that general
quality of Xbox Live communication would be improved by sending every subscriber a copy of "Dude, That's Rude! (Get Some Manners)
," was inaudible.