Set up your original Xbox 360 console or your Xbox 360 S console

Note For information about how to set up your Xbox 360 E console, see Set up your Xbox 360 E console.

Xbox 360 setup

Unbox and position the console

Step 1: Unbox the console

An Xbox 360 game system typically includes:

  1. Console
  2. A/V cable (varies by console package)
  3. Power supply
  4. Power cord
  5. Wireless controller
  6. 2 AA batteries
  7. User manual
  8. Wired headset (varies by console package)

Step 2: Remove the protective tape

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Step 3: Position the console

Make sure that the location for your console is as follows:

  • Stable.
  • Well-ventilated, relatively cool and away from direct heat sources.
  • Uncluttered. Do not put other objects on, under or right next to the console.

You can position the console vertically or horizontally.

Plug in the power supply

  1. Connect the power supply to the console first.
  2. Plug the power cord into the power supply.
  3. Then plug the power cord into a power point.

Connect the console to your TV

Most new console systems include a Composite Audio/Video cable. You can use this cable to connect the console to a standard television or monitor. This cable does not support high-definition display.

If you have an HDTV, see Connect your console to a TV.

Composite AV Cable connection with a standard-definition TV or monitor:
  1. Connect the A/V connector to the A/V port on the console.
  2. Locate the A/V ports on your TV or monitor. Connect the colour-coded connectors on the composite A/V cable to the corresponding ports on the TV as follows: 
    Yellow = composite video 
    Red = right-channel analog audio 
    White = left-channel analog audio
  3. Note Monaural (mono) TVs have only one audio jack. Connect either the red or white connector to the TV.

  4. Turn on the TV and console.

When you turn on the console and TV, you should see the Xbox Dashboard on your display.

Connect a controller

If you have a wired controller, see Connect a game controller.

Connect a wireless controller
  1. Turn on the console.
  2. Insert the AA batteries into the controller.
  3. Turn on your controller by pressing and holding the centre Xbox Guide button, until the controller turns on. If the controller does not turn on, check the batteries. If you’re using a rechargeable controller, make sure that it is charged.
  1. Press and release the connect button on the console.
  1. Within 20 seconds, press and release the connect button on the controller.
  • When the lights surrounding the power button on the console stop flashing, the controller is connected.
  • You can connect up to four controllers to a console.
  • Each connected controller is assigned to one of four positions. Each position corresponds to a lighted section around the console’s power button and the controller’s Xbox Guide button.

Set your console settings


The first time that you start your console, you’re prompted to:

  • Select your language.
  • Create a profile.
  • Set up a network connection (optional). For information about how to connect to Xbox Live, see Wired connection or Wireless connection.

Follow the on-screen instructions to complete these steps.


Now, insert a game disc and you’re ready to start playing!

Tip Watch Xbox 101 videos to learn how to get the most out of your Xbox 360 console.

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