Connecting Your Xbox to Your Home or the World - dummies

Connecting Your Xbox to Your Home or the World

Xbox 360 is a platform that can make use of many of your existing entertainment and communications systems.

Tuning into the TV

The Xbox 360 is designed for both

  • Maximum performance on modern HDTVs
    Xbox 360 also works with most computer monitors.
  • Compatibility with any standard TV set

High definition describes many technologies, but for the Xbox 360, the most important difference between HDTV and standard TV is the number of lines of resolution on the screen:

  • In the United States and Canada, standard NTSC broadcast signals have 480 lines of resolution.
  • In PAL system countries (such as the United Kingdom, Australia, and Singapore), standard broadcast signals have 576 lines of resolution.

Xbox 360 games are designed for 720 lines, and these lines are scanned differently than standard TV, making for a much denser picture. Higher resolution screens make for better pictures.

You can see the difference between games designed for standard- and high-definition TVs.

Introducing the Xbox 360 to your PC

The Xbox 360 is a great device for connecting and playing the digital content, such as pictures and music, from you Windows PC.

Windows Media Center PC

Many of the latest PCs are Windows Media Center PCs, which are designed for viewing from a TV and for

  • Recording and watching TV
  • Viewing home videos
  • Listening to music
  • Viewing photos

People who purchase Windows Media Center PCs often use them primarily as a desktop computer in an office or bedroom, so they can’t take advantage of all the benefits that come with the Windows Media Center side of the PC. That’s where the Xbox 360 comes in.

Using your home network, you can connect to a Windows Media Center PC and make the output from that connection your primary TV portal. This lets you pause live TV, record shows, and access all the digital content that you store on the PC. Combining Xbox 360 with your Windows Media Center PC gives you instant access to your vacation videos, family photos, and your full music collection.

Other Windows PCs

If your Windows PC isn’t a Media Center PC, you can still access your Windows PC digital library through Windows Media Connect.

Windows Media Connect turns your PC into a media server that can host music and photos for your Xbox 360. This capability is available in Xbox 360 through the Media blade.

Blades are the pages of the Xbox 360 dashboard.

Congregating with the community

If you have an Xbox 360, you may get . . . attached to it. No worries — others have felt this so strongly that they’ve formed huge communities on the Internet where they can talk about their systems and the games they play on them. Join other attached people at the Xbox homepage and share your passion.

Through you can

  • Get online support.
  • Visit the forums for information from other users.
  • Get the scoop on upcoming games.

This community is big, and it’s great. When you ask questions on the forums, community members quickly answer them.

Got a question about how to get through a level in a new game? Need to know how to rise in the rankings? Someone has probably answered it on Save yourself some time:

  • Look in the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) at the top of some of the forums you visit.
  • Search for your question in the forums. You’ll find the Search link at the upper right of the Forum page. To perform a search, follow these steps:

• Click the Search link on the page.

• Enter the text you’re looking for and press Enter.

    For example, if you’re looking for tips for getting through Kameo, try entering phrases like Stuck Kameo or Kameo Level 1.
    Enter only important words to find what you need. For example, Stuck Kameo probably is better than Stuck in Kameo because Stuck in Kameo automatically skips answers that don’t have the unimportant word in.
    These searches can lead you straight to the answer you’re looking for.