Finding Out Whats Happening Online

Part of the Xbox Live experience is available from your PC. Go to com and sign in with your Passport account. After you log in, your Gamercard appears on the Xbox.com home page. Click your Gamercard to access your Gamer Profile. This profile is available to other Xbox 360 gamers. Figure 4-16 shows a Gamer Profile. Viewing your Gamer Profile on Xbox.com. Viewing your Gamer Profile on Xbox.com. Your gamer profile on Xbox.com lets you Gamercards (your own and others) Your game history and...

Playing with an Xbox 360

The Xbox 360 is more than just a game console. It offers a ton of extra functionality. Xbox 360 signals the arrival of the next generation of video games. It's the first console system to support high definition, meaning that video games have simply never looked as good as they do on Xbox 360. Better yet, with the combination of incredible graphics, surround-sound support for every game, and online options, you get the trifecta of gaming features that every gamer wants to try. Visual clarity,...

The Gamer Profile Screen

The Gamer Profile screen comes up when you select your Gamer Card in the Xbox Live blade and press A. From here, you can View games you've played. Edit your profile. View your Rep. Set game defaults. Manage your account. Figure 4-4 shows the Gamer Profile screen. Figure 4-4 shows the Gamer Profile screen. If you choose View Games by pressing forward or back on the left analog stick and then pressing A, a list of all the games you've played on your Xbox 360 console appears it looks like the one...

Viewing photos

Regardless of the source (digital camera, your PC, or right off the Xbox 360's hard drive), the experience of browsing and using your photos has some common elements. Whenever you view a folder of images, you have the option to start a slideshow, which play through all the images, fading from picture to picture. When a slideshow is running, or when you're viewing a single picture, if you press the Directional pad on your controller or the remote, you get a small taskbar of options. These...

United States

In the United States, a review board set up by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), who are sent copies of pre-release movies to view and then categorize provide these ratings. That same rating concept has extended to video games through an organization called the Electronic Software Ratings Board (ESRB). If a game has a range of possible content, it receives the most restrictive rating that applies. In other words, if a game is mostly child-friendly but has a few scenes of intense...

Creating your childrens accounts

When you sign up your children or if they attempt to sign themselves up you have to enter their birth dates (see Figure 11-6). If your child enters the real date and he's under 18 years of age, the signup process asks for the parent to finish the steps from that point on (see Figure 11-7). At this point, you (the parent) need to provide your Passport credentials unless you already have an adult account on the Xbox 360, in which case, you just use that passport information. After you create the...

Wwwbungienet

Do you play Halo Do you play Halo 2 online Then get yourself to Bungie.net and set up an account. In addition to being the hub of all things Halo, Bungie.net has features that make grown gamers cry with joy. If you set up an account there, you can i See your Halo 2 ranking and all the games you've played. i Use the forums to talk strategy with the top Halo players in the world. Bungie is the Microsoft game studio responsible for creating Halo and Halo 2. They're considered one of the premiere...

Direct Xbox 360 connections

Xbox 360 consoles can directly communicate through Xbox 360 cables and wireless network adapters. You can't directly connect Xbox 360 consoles to each other (without other network equipment) if either of these statements is true You have more than two Xbox 360 consoles, and you don't have wireless network adapters for them all. The system link cable directly connects two Xbox 360s. The system link cable is a crossover cable. Its wires are arranged so you don't need an Ethernet device. You can...

Ten Great Accessories

Getting hardware for pictures and music 71 1 any optional peripherals hardware that isn't necessarily included in F I the product box are available for your Xbox 360. Some peripherals are upgrades that improve gaming for all Xbox 360 users. Other peripherals are solutions for gamers who have other special needs or equipment. This chapter guides you through most peripherals for your Xbox 360. In most countries (including the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Singapore),...

Gamercards

Xbox Live lets you can build your own online identity. On Xbox Live, you have one name that spans all areas of the service, including games. In Xbox Live, Major Nelson in Halo 2 is the same Major Nelson who beat you in Perfect Dark Zero. On some other gaming services, players can 11 Use a different name in every game. 1 Change their names without any penalty. A Gamertag is a player's online name. You choose your own Gamertag when you're setting up your profile (as shown in Chapter 3). Your...

High definition settings

The High Definition Settings option is part of the Initial Setup. You can use these options with your Xbox 360 if You're connected with component video. Chapter 2 tells you how to connect a component video cable. You can't use the High Definition Settings options without component video. You have a TV that uses at least one of these resolution levels 480p, 576p, 720p, or 1080i. The TV may be called EDTV, HDTV, or HDTV-ready. Chapter 8 provides the technical TV details. Before trying a...

Recording Your Games for Fun and Posterity

You can have a lot of fun recording your Xbox 360 games. You can't record games directly to the Xbox's hard drive. (Though some games may let you save individual game runs, like races.) You can record your Xbox 360 games to share with others in a few different ways. All of these recording methods involve using the composite output of your Xbox 360 and saving the data either to a tape or digitizing the video and sound to a PC. You can most easily record your games by simply plugging your...

Original Xbox Games

Xbox 360 setup Compatible original Xbox games m M hen Xbox 360 went on sale, over 200 original Xbox games could be played on Xbox 360. But you need the right games, and the right Xbox 360 equipment. With an Xbox 360, the hard drive is required for games designed for the original Xbox i If you bought the loaded Xbox 360 System, your console came with an installed hard drive. i If you bought the Xbox 360 Core System, Chapter 2 shows how to install an optional hard drive. There are a couple of...

Other countries

If you aren't in the United States, your country has its own systems for rating game and movie content. Canada uses the ESRB game ratings along with the MPAA ratings for movies. The actual DVD that you buy in Canada is probably labeled with a different rating, though one from the Canadian Home Video Ratings Association which you generally find as a sticker on the packaging. You don't get the information on this rating on the DVD itself, so you need to set your parent control settings by using...

Console Settings

The System blade console settings are straightforward. Figure 6-2 shows the Console Settings page. All items open subpages, where you can change the The Display page lets you choose your video settings. The choices you have in setup for the display depend on your video cable 1 If you have the Component HDAV cable installed, and you have an HDTV, you can set the video resolution on the console. i If you are using the composite cable, you should be able to plug in and go, but you won't be able to...

Digital Xbox 360 audio

You make an Xbox 360 digital audio connection by using an optical cable (called a Toslink). Sending sound as pulses of light between your Xbox 360 and your stereo Deeply, deeply cool. To connect your Xbox 360 to your stereo using a digital cable, follow these steps 1. Make sure you're using one of these Xbox 360 AV Cables that connects digital audio Advanced SCART cable (United Kingdom) Digital audio doesn't work with a SCART composite video adapter. This is the only standard TV cable that...