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2.18.0004 (Jul 31, 2008)
This fixes the SPIDF issue from the beta drivers, so now Vista users have full surround-sound capabilities and usage of an SPDIF out for bitstream audio if they wish.
I still wish they'd include the subwoofer control from the Console Launcher program (you'll still want to DL that program use a subwoofer for non-Dolby/DTS items) but as a driver, this is about as good as you could want.
It's amusing that it's been a year and a half and we only now have the same performance and features that the XP X-Fi drivers have had for years. Yes, Vista is different...but like every other driver mishap, it's not like Vista snuck up on anyone.
2.18.000 Beta (Jun 26, 2008)
The nice thing about these is that they bring back 5.1 positional sound for everyday apps like WinAmp and WMP11. However they completely break the SPDIF-out as a result. I've got mine hooked up via a multi-out, so VLP can still play DVD's in surround, but if you were using any other method...this is no good.
I still think the normal 5.1 support outweighs that for my everyday use, but if your PC is your main movie player and you use a toslink or coax...skip these.
1.59 (Oct 7, 2006)
Been using these for years and have never had ANY issues. Just because all of those codecs are there doesn't mean you're supposed to install them all. I just install the playback codecs, MPC, and the 2 alternatives. That's all most people need and this is an easier way to get it than installing all of those by themselves.
184.108.40.206 Beta 1 (Nov 27, 2005)
Eh, I don't care about them posting the daily releases. If you don't like it, don't download it.
As for the client itself - I don't care for it. It's a resource hog and I don't care for the UI at all.
I personally like utorrent or bitcomet. Both have all of the features of this client, but allow for better mutitasking and have cleaner UI's.
6.0 Beta 4 (Oct 28, 2005)
I don't really care about a "feature list" that I won't ever use. For me it boils down to FlashGet having a better interface, being less intrusive, and generally working better. GetRight works, but for what I'm doing (normal web-based downloads...no frills) FlashGet works better, faster, and using less overhead.
6.0 Beta 4 (Jul 25, 2005 - 7:13 PM)
I've never heard of a problem finding a system since the PS2, so I figure I'll just amble into my local Wal-Mart/Target/K-Mart and pick one up on release day. I still remember looking at the lines coming out of EB and Software Etc. when the PS1 came out. I just walked past the "reserve" lines and got mine at the mall toy store for the same price :P
The PS2 is the only time there's ever been a system rush and I still was able to get one sans reservation on release night.
I came from the old school where you couldn't reserve or pre-buy anything...you just took the day/night off, or you risked not getting one!
With people already on reserve lists for PS4's and XBox 3's at some game stores...it makes me feel bad to be a gamer sometimes...
6.0 Beta 4 (Jul 25, 2005 - 3:41 PM)
I think it's a good idea. Honestly, if they came out at the same time, I doubt I'd really care...just like when the first XBox and Gamecube hit within days of each other. Now that they're going to be the first and are likely beating Sony to the market by 5-6 months, I'm more than willing to get one. There are a lot of people out there with HDTV's that are wanting something to take advantage of that...and the XBox will be the first system to really do it (until the PS3 hits or more TV channels start going HD or 16X9).