his Novice Guide will introduce you to the console itself, the premier next-generation videogame console, Xbox 360™.
Time to get this beauty powered up and running.
Congratulations! You picked up a new Xbox 360, or better yet, you just received one as a gift. Now that you have the console, it’s time to get it up and running. Xbox 360 and its varied accessories practically define plug-and-play, but to make sure your initial experience is pain free, check out the following tips.
Out of the Box
Take a couple deep breaths before you rip into the box and dive in. Open the box and remove the contents carefully. You never know when you might want to pack it back up to take it to a friend’s house. If you keep all the packing materials intact, keeping your console safe while you travel will be a breeze.
Once you have the console out of the box, remove the clear plastic strip covering the disc tray of the system. If you leave it on you may inadvertently damage the disc drive, so take it off before you do anything else.
Are all your parts accounted for?
Once your baby is out of the box, consider the ideal placement of your console. Typically, your home entertainment setup will dictate where your Xbox 360 will live, but before you hook it up, check the lengths of your cables. Stretch out your power cable and see how far it will run, and measure it against your component cables and your optical audio cable, if you have one.
When you decide whether your console will sit on its side or stand up, make absolutely sure that the console is off and that there isn’t a disc inside it. Never move the console while it’s running or while there is a disc inside. Finally, make sure that wherever you decide to put your console, it has enough room to breathe. If you slide your console into a cramped cubby hole in your entertainment center, you run a real risk of overheating it.
Connecting your console is a relatively simple matter, as you simply connect one end of each cord to the console, and the opposite ends to the power outlet, TV, and receiver. There are a couple of points that may require clarification though.
Don’t get your cables confused.
The last stage of your initial console setup is synching your Xbox 360 Wireless Controller to the Xbox 360 itself. This is a quick and easy, four step process, and it should just take a few moments.
Congratulations! You now have the world’s most powerful, multi-talented gaming console up, running, and ready to be enjoyed.