Add an Xbox 360 Game Console to a Windows 8 PC - dummies

Add an Xbox 360 Game Console to a Windows 8 PC

By Andy Rathbone

The Control Panel in Windows 8 lets you add or tweak most computer accessories, but the Xbox 360 game console begs for an exception. If you own one of Microsoft’s game machines, you instead grant your Xbox permission to connect with your computer.

To let Windows 8 and Xbox communicate, grab your Xbox 360 controller, sit in front of your TV, and follow these steps:

  1. Turn on your Xbox 360, signing in with the same account you’ve used to sign in to Windows 8.

    If you’ve signed in to both your Xbox and computer with different Microsoft accounts, you’re not left in the lurch. Sign out of that account and create another user account in Windows 8 using your Xbox 360 account name and password. (That’s a Microsoft account, too.)

    Sign in to that account on Windows 8 whenever you want to use one of the Windows 8 Xbox apps.

  2. On your Xbox 360, go to System Settings, Console Settings, Xbox Companion.

    There, you see two switches: Available and Unavailable.

  3. Switch from Unavailable to Available.

  4. Open one of the Windows 8 Xbox apps and choose Connect.

    After a few moments, the word Connecting appears on your television screen, and you’re through. Your Xbox apps will find your Xbox in Windows 8.

For more information about Windows 8 and its features, explore Windows 8 For Dummies, available online.