Dolby Atmos for Music? Yes, please!

I’m a huge fan of Dolby Atmos. I enjoy having it as part of my experience playing games on Xbox. So, when I saw this video about bringing that technology to music, I was all ears (no pun intended). I would love to hear what artists can do when they’re unshackled from being only in left/right channels, and can now take their vision and, literally, surround you with it.

This is awesome.

I had this idea for Disney Infinity, once…

Does anyone out there remember Disney Infinity? It was this toys to life game series (see: Skylanders) that Disney had going for a while. I really liked the game, collecting the characters, and what not, but I guess Disney felt it wasn’t fitting into their overall gaming plans, and discontinued it a few years ago.

In short, the idea I had was called InfinityLink. Essentially, it was this technology that would allow you to use Disney Infinity characters in other Disney Interactive games.

The example I always used was imagine putting Disney brand characters into games like Split Second, or if Disney Infinity had a Smash Bros type game. It would’ve been great, and expanded the universe of Disney Infinity.

The outside of the box example was SSX. I would’ve loved to have been able to insert Disney, Marvel, and Star Wars characters into a game like SSX. Imagine being Yoda and using your lightsaber to tear down trees, in your way. Imagine being Bruce Banner, and when you turned into the Hulk, you couldn’t even see the snowboard anymore because he was so huge.

That idea never escapes my head. Of course, it can’t go anywhere because Disney Infinity is no longer a thing, but it’s always nice to rethink that idea.

Ok, that’s all. Thanks.

Of HDMI ports, and entertainment, on Xbox One…

The Xbox One can be ideal, when you want to use it for media, as well as games.

From the outset, the Xbox One was designed to be a great media device, as well as a gaming console. If you remember the Xbox 360, it was a sea of media apps for music, video, and more. The Xbox One was ready to dial that up to 11, and make it the one place to be completely entertained, when you turned on the TV set.

Of course, backlash ensued, as Xbox seemed to make too much of the media capabilities. A lot of the entertainment ideas were scaled back, and now the Xbox One is a gaming device, with media tendencies. If the ports on the Xbox Series X are to be believed, you may not even get an HDMI-In port.

Ah, yes, let’s discuss that HDMI-In port, for a second. To me, this was a key port of the Xbox One. The way Xbox tells it, you use that port to plug in a cable box. Then, coupled with the OneGuide and media settings, you’d be able to easily get into television shows, when you want to take a break from Halo or Gears of War.

Naturally, people realized that if you plugged in anything, with an HDMI plug, that port would work. You can plug in an Apple TV, Roku Stick, Amazon Fire TV, cable box. Hell, you can plug in an Xbox 360, Playstation 4, or NIntendo Switch. That little port made it all possible.

Fast forward to 2020. That port, frankly, is now an afterthought, and as I noted, it may not even be on the next Xbox One console. I, personally, think it should remain, but if Xbox really wants to lean into gaming, then having their users focus squarely on gaming seems to be where they plan to go.

Of course, there’s actually another way Xbox could be a viable entertainment device: apps. Right now Xbox One has a good selection media apps: Netflix, Hulu, Disney Plus, ESPN, etc.

If Xbox One, and Windows in general, can boost the number of entertainment apps available (making sure all of the major streaming TV services, and TV everywhere apps are there) then there may not be a need for the HDMI port. And, in the case of the Xbox Series X, if that console can perform with the speed of light, as being advertised, getting out of a game, and into the next episode of “The Mandalorian” should be a breeze, and fulfill that instant gratification.

But let us have a discussion about entertainment on Xbox. Specifically:

  • Of all the time you spend on Xbox, how much of that is used for media?
  • What’s your most used media app(s) on Xbox?
  • Do you use the HDMI-In port on the console? What do you have plugged in back there?
  • Are there some entertainment apps you’d love to see on the Xbox platform?

Let’s have that discussion: Leave a comment, or continue the conversation on Twitter.

I, for one, am looking forward to Disney’s “Magic Happens” parade…

This will sound like a first-world problem, but I’m ready for a fresh new Disneyland parade. I love the music, and the production value of the parades, I’ve seen so far, but I’m ready for some new floats, new music, and new characters.

Set to start February 28th, the “Magic Happens” parade is the newest parade entry, to take place at the Disneyland resort. Of course, I’m going to try to get there as close to first day, as possible (and I’ll share whatever pictures I get).

The parade will feature standard (and beloved) characters, such as Cinderella, but include some of the more current characters like “Moana” and “Coco.” Um, when did Moana’s movie come out? I don’t know if I qualify her as recent, but hey better late than in 2022, am I right? Personally, I wish Disney parades could keep up with the rising popularity of the characters it puts out.

What has been your favorite Disney park parade. Let me know in the comments below, or continue the conversation on Twitter.

Can we talk about how awesome the Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser is…

…and you think Galaxy’s Edge is immersive! Imagine spending 2-days basically living inside a full Star Wars movie. While this video doesn’t offer up every single detail, it does give you the impression that Disney is going all-out to make this something you’ll never forget.

I know with Galaxy’s Edge, the cast members are trained to make you feel like you’ve really left the theme park, and entered another planet. I can only imagine the type of training that will happen to make you feel like you’re in a Star Wars movie.

Who wants to do this with me!??!