My Xbox

My Xbox : Xbox 360, Kinect, and Xbox LIVE

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This is the quick, visual, one-stop tutorial for everyone who wants to get maximum fun and entertainment out of their Xbox 360, Xbox Live, and Kinect controller. Gaming experts Christina and Bill Loguidice cover everything Xbox has to offer, uncovering cool features and tools most users won't ever discover on their own. You learn how to get started with Xbox 360; fast-network your Xbox 360s; run the media content in your Windows PCs; personalize your Xbox experiences; find great stuff on Microsoft's Game, Video, and Music Marketplaces; get acquainted with your Xbox friends and communities; get to know the Kinect controller and Hub; and find great Kinect games and get better at playing them. This book's concise, step-by-step instructions link to callouts on Xbox screen captures that show you exactly what to do. Tips and Notes help you discover powerful new techniques and shortcuts, and Help features guide you past common problems. This book is designed for all 50,000,000 Xbox 360 owners: from those who've just purchased their first system, to those diving headfirst into Kinect gaming, to millions of Xbox Live subscribers who want to get even more out of Microsoft's online services.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 20.32mm | 598.74g
  • Que Corporation,U.S.
  • Indianapolis, IN, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0789748967
  • 9780789748966
  • 1,615,274

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Covers Xbox 360, Kinect, and Xbox LIVE
"Step-by-step instructions" with callouts to Xbox photos that show you exactly what to do
"Help "when you run into problems with Xbox 360, Kinect, or Xbox LIVE
"Tips and Notes" to help you get the most from your Xbox 360 system
Full-color, step-by-step tasks show you how to have maximum fun with Xbox 360, Kinect, and Xbox LIVE! Learn how to:
- Quickly set up your Xbox 360, Kinect sensor, controllers, headset, and storage
- Network your Xbox using wireless or wired connections
- Join Xbox LIVE and start competing against gamers worldwide
- Create your avatar and personalize your entire Xbox experience
- Get great new content on Microsoft's Game, Video, and Music Marketplaces
- Find, contact, and team up with friends on Xbox LIVE
- Protect your kids from inappropriate content
- Post on Facebook and Twitter from your Xbox
- Discover how Kinect is the future of motion control--now!
- Get great performance from your Kinect sensor
- Troubleshoot Xbox problems fast, so you can get back to having fun!
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Table of contents

Chapter 1 Getting Started 3
Unboxing Your Xbox 360 3
Understanding the Xbox 360 Models 4
Breaking Down the Components 5
Setting Up Your Xbox 360 9
Positioning Your Xbox 9
Connecting to Your TV 10
Setting Up Your Controller 20
Powering On for the First Time 24
Playing Discs 29
Setting Up Your Headset 31
Setting Up Storage 33
Transferring Content Between Consoles 36
Updating Your Dashboard 39
Understanding Your Warranty 43

Chapter 2 Networking Your Xbox 45
Connecting to Your Home Network 45
Establishing a Wireless Connection 46
Establishing a Wired Connection 48
Examining Xbox LIVE 51
Understanding Xbox LIVE Memberships 51
Joining Xbox LIVE 53
Understanding Microsoft Points 60
Paying for Purchases with PayPal 63
Accessing Xbox LIVE Anywhere 64
Understanding Updates 67

Chapter 3 Personalizing Your Xbox Experience 69
Establishing User Profiles 70
Creating a Profile 71
Signing In 73
Building an Avatar 73
Selecting a Base to Work From 74
Change My Features 75
Change My Style 78
Marketplace 80
Accessing Awards 82
Gamer Picture 83
Choosing a New Avatar 86
Moving, Deleting, and Recovering a Gamertag 87
Using a Gamer Profile on Another Console 87
Recovering Your Gamertag from Xbox LIVE 88
Deleting a Gamer Profile 89
Navigating the Xbox 360 Dashboard 90
Bing Channel 91
Home Channel 91
Social Channel 92
TV Channel 92
Video Channel 92
Games Channel 93
Music Channel 93
Apps Channel 94
Settings Channel 94
Xbox Guide 94
Accessorizing Your Xbox 97
Controllers 98
Keyboards 100
Media Remotes 101
Racing Wheels 102
Rhythm Game Controllers 103
Big Button Pads 104
Xbox 360 Arcade Sticks 104
Xbox LIVE Vision 105

Chapter 4 Getting to Know Your Xbox 107
Working with Game Discs 107
Playing a Game Disc 108
Installing a Game on Your Hard Drive 109
Deleting a Single Game from Your Hard Drive 111
Copy, Move, or Delete Multiple Games from Your Hard Drive 112
Digging into Your Profile 113
Main Profile 114
Profile Information Under Settings 118
Understanding and Enabling Media Sharing 126
Media Sharing with Zune 126
Media Sharing with Windows Media Player 128
Accessing Your Media Libraries 130
Watching Your Video Library 130
Getting Down with Your Music Library 131
Viewing Your Picture Library 131
Interacting with Images in Your Picture Library 132
Connecting with Windows Media Center 133
Adding Your 360 to Windows Media Center 133
Adjusting Family Settings 134
Turning on Parental Controls 134
Setting Ratings and Content 136
Setting the Family Timer 137
Setting Xbox LIVE Access 138
Setting Xbox LIVE Membership Creation 139
Tweaking System Settings 139
Searching with Bing 140
Using Cloud Storage for Game Saves 142

Chapter 5 Playing on the Games Channel 145
Getting to Know the Games Channel 146
Browsing the Game Marketplace 146
Searching Among the Marketplace Selections 149
Purchasing Selections 151
Finding Arcade Games 155
Finding Games on Demand 158
Finding Indie Games 162
Finding Xbox Originals 166
Trying Out Demos 169
Downloading a Demo 170
Grabbing Add-Ons and Extras 171
Checking Out My Games 174
Understanding Backward Compatibility with the Original Xbox 176
Transferring Content Licenses to a New Console 177

Chapter 6 Viewing the Video Channel 179
Taking Control of Video Playback 179
Understanding Display Modes 180
Enjoying TV Shows and Movies with Zune 182
Downloading the Zune Application 182
Navigating Zune 183
Renting and Purchasing Media 187
Watching Videos on Netflix 188
Downloading the Netflix App 188
Navigating Netflix 189
Enjoying a Movie or TV Show 190
Watching Video on Hulu Plus 192
Downloading the Hulu Plus App 192
Navigating Hulu Plus 193
Enjoying Hulu Plus Content 194
Watching Video on YouTube 195
Downloading and Signing in to the YouTube App 195
Navigating YouTube 196
Playing YouTube Content 197
Changing YouTube Safety Mode 198
Watching Sports on ESPN 199
Downloading the ESPN App 200
Navigating ESPN 200
Adding Favorites 202
Watching Other Video Services 203
Checking Out Your Video Library 204
Playing DVDs 206
Using the Playback Menu Options 207

Chapter 7 Tuning into the Music Channel 211
Taking Control of Music Playback 211
Playing Music in the Background from the Xbox Guide 213
Restoring In-Game Background Music 214
Enjoying Music with Zune 215
Getting a Zune Pass 215
Navigating Zune 216
Managing Your Zune Account 218
Playing Music 219
Personalizing Radio with 222
Tuning in to 222
Navigating 223
Playing Music 226
Getting iHeartRadio 227
Downloading the iHeartRadio App 227
Activating iHeartRadio 228
Examining iHeartRadio Content and Features 229
Working with Stations 231
Checking Out Your Music Library 232
Playing a CD 233
Ripping a Music CD 235

Chapter 8 Getting Social with Friends 239
Managing Friends 240
Sending Friend Requests 240
Managing Friend Requests 243
Removing a Friend 245
Viewing Your Friends 246
Displaying a Friend's Profile and Gamercard 248
Enabling Chat and Xbox LIVE Parties 251
Changing Your Online Safety Settings 251
Managing Xbox LIVE Parties 253
Inviting Friends to a Party 253
Inviting Friends to a Game 254
Accepting Party Invitations 255
Working with Messages 256
Sending a Message 257
Accessing Received Messages 259
Playing Voice Messages 260
Comparing Games 261
Managing Beacons 262
Setting a Beacon 262
Removing a Beacon 265
Live Chatting with Your Friends 266
Conducting a Private Chat 266
Adjusting Your Chat Channel 267
Getting Mobile with Xbox LIVE 268
My Xbox LIVE for iOS Owners 268
Xbox Companion for Windows Phone 268

Chapter 9 Exploring Social Apps 271
Connecting and Sharing with Facebook 272
Setting Up Facebook 272
General Controls 274
Exploring the Menus 274
Updating Your Status 277
Launching a Slideshow 278
Adding Facebook Friends to Xbox LIVE 280
Enabling Facebook Sharing 281
Sharing and Discovering with Twitter 282
Signing Into Twitter 283
Getting a Handle on the Interface 284
Enlisting with Halo Waypoint 290
Downloading Halo Waypoint 291
Exploring the Halo Waypoint Interface 293
Going Mobile with Halo Waypoint 296

Chapter 10 Getting to Know Kinect 299
Unboxing Your Kinect 300
Kinect Sensor 300
Kinect Adventures! 301
Calibration Card 302
Power Supply 302
Setting Up Your Kinect 303
Clearing Your Play Space 304
Hooking Up Your Sensor and Console 305
Installing the Sensor Software 306
Setting Up Your Sensor 307
Playing for the First Time 307
Recalibrating Your Kinect 310
Getting into Kinect Adventures! 311
Understanding the Game Modes 312
Getting to Know the Minigames 313
Troubleshooting Problems 317
Sensor Doesn't Work Properly 317
Sensor Doesn't See You 318
Sensor Motors Don't Adjust Properly 318
Sensor Doesn't Hear You 319

Chapter 11 Using Kinect 321
Accessing Kinect on the Dashboard 321
Using Your Voice 322
Using Your Body 322
Navigating the Dashboard with Kinect 323
Controlling with Your Voice 323
Controlling with Gestures 324
Working with the Kinect Guide 325
Searching with Bing 326
Setting Up Your Kinect ID 326
Creating a Kinect ID 327
Changing or Removing Your Kinect ID 329
Optimizing with the Kinect Tuner 329
Using the Avatar Editor 330
Experimenting with Kinect Fun Labs 332
Getting Started 332
Playing with the Gadgets 336
Controlling the Media Services 336
Using Voice 338
Using Gestures 339
Chatting with Video Kinect 340
Setting Up Video Kinect 340
Controlling the Chat 341
Accepting a Video Chat Invitation 342
Chatting with Windows Live Messenger Friends 343
Finding Kinect Games 344
Getting Help with Your Kinect and Xbox 360 346

Index 349
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About Christina Loguidice

Bill Loguidice is a top business, technology, staffing, and creative professional, a noted videogame historian and subject matter expert, and a critically acclaimed author. Bill is also the cofounder and managing director for the online publication, Armchair Arcade, one ofPC Magazine's Top 100 Websites. As a leading videogame and computer historian and collector, Bill personally owns and maintains more than 400 different systems from the 1970s to the present day, including a large volume of associated software, accessories, and literature. It is from these great resources and his sincere passion for the topic that Bill is often called upon to provide subject matter expertise to both public and private media interests.

Bill has coauthored numerous books, including Vintage Games: An Insider Look at the History of Grand Theft Auto, Super Mario, and the Most Influential Games of All Time; Wii Fitness for Dummies; and Motorola ATRIX for Dummies. He is also a writer and producer on the feature film documentary from Lux Digital Pictures, Gameplay: The Story of the Videogame Revolution. Bill's website is

Christina Torster Loguidice is a scientific, technical, and medical editor and writer. Over her publishing career, she has overseen numerous peer-reviewed medical journals and healthcare technology magazines, including Surgical Rounds, Cardiology Review, Resident & Staff Physician, Oncology Net Guide, and OncNurse. Christina is currently the editorial director of Annals of Long-Term Care: Clinical Care and Aging, which is a monthly peer-reviewed clinical journal that reaches healthcare professionals caring for individuals residing in long-term care facilities. She reports from several medical conventions annually.

Christina has always had a keen interest in technology and fitness and nutrition, and is the coauthor of Wii Fitness for Dummies. She enjoys working out in her home gym with her husband and using the virtual gyms afforded by various gaming platforms. Christina also holds an AFTA personal trainer certification.
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