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Xbox 360 tips
« on: August 29, 2009, 02:40:04 PM »
For those who already have your Xbox 360, you might have already figured some of this stuff out. For those that are still trying to find one, then set a bookmark and come back when you have your console. The 360 is a complicated piece of machinery and runs the most complicated games the console world has seen, so it's no surprise that there are quite a few tips and tricks that you may find useful.

Unlike the original Xbox, the 360 can play your music from a number of sources whether you're in a game or not. Once you've got it set up, you can press the Guide button on your controller at almost any time and load up some music to play in your favorite game. Because the Xbox dashboard's always running in the background, it will override and mute any music going on in your games. The only downside is that you won't be able to do this with original Xbox games running via Backwards Compatibility.

iPods work, as well as standard thumbdrives and USB storage devices. Off-brand MP3 players are a stickier issue, as many won't work - check out this list on the Microsoft site. You might need to update the software on your MP3 player to get it working, which might mean having to erase all the files on it. Make backups if you have to!

Another option is to share your MP3s from your PC directly over your local network with Windows Media Connect software for your PC. Finally, you always have the option of tossing an audio CD into your 360's DVD drive. It'll rip the tracks directly to the 360's hard drive, but be aware - the 360's hard drive only has about 12GB of free space, and the most you can possibly free up (by deleting pre-loaded media) is another gigabyte. If you've got a large music collection, then you'll need to use some kind of sharing.

If you want to play MP3s off of a portable hard drive or thumbdrive, then you need to make sure that the drive is formatted with the FAT32 file system - even though the superior NTFS file system has been used in Microsoft's own Windows for years and years now, the 360 for some reason won't read anything formatted NTFS. This can commonly be a problem for 360 owners if they have an old hard drive that used to be installed in a computer and have since bought a USB enclosure to make the drive portable.
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Re: Xbox 360 tips
« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2009, 10:12:06 PM »
The Xbox 360 can play MUSIC?!?!?! :o 

lol....nice thread fail in the PS3 :p


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