Use Bing search to find content

Find movies and other content in Xbox Live stores

You can use the power of Bing search to find content, such as movies, apps, and music, on Xbox Live or on your Xbox 360 console.

Note Bing search on Xbox will search through any content available via Xbox Live in your region only. It does not search the web, or any other content sources outside of the downloads and streaming options available in your Xbox Live region.

To search Xbox Live for content, you need to be connected to Xbox Live (sign in using your Xbox Live gamertag). To find out how to connect to Xbox Live, see Wired connection or Wireless connection.

Note This feature is not currently available in Japan.

How to use Bing search

You can use Bing search in one of two ways:

  • Using Kinect voice commands
  • Using a controller or chatpad
Search using your voice

If you have a Kinect sensor connected to your Xbox 360 console, you can just say what you want to find. Say "Xbox Bing…" and then whatever you want to search for.

Note Bing voice search is currently available only in English, in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

For example, you can say "Xbox Bing Halo" to search for games, downloadable content, or even music and movies that include the word "Halo.”
Search using a controller or chatpad
  1. From the Xbox Dashboard, go to Bing.
  2. Press A on your controller to bring up the on-screen keyboard, or type your search text using an Xbox 360 Chatpad.

Once you see the search results, you can filter the results using the green filter button in the top left corner of the screen. For example, if you want to see the music results for Halo, select the filter button, and choose Music.

Bing search tips

Here are some things to try if Xbox Bing search doesn't find the item you are looking for:

  • Try to shorten your search to one or two key words, to see if this helps return the content you want.
  • If the content is new, it may not be in our search database yet. Try browsing for content in the Games, Music, Video, or Apps stores.
Watch the following video for an overview of how to use filters in your searches:

Watch the video, “Improve your searches with filters.”

Troubleshoot Bing voice search

If Bing voice search doesn’t find the things you say, here are some things to try:

First, look in the upper-right corner of the results page, where it says "Searching for...". This is what Bing search thought you said.

There are several reasons why Bing voice search may not understand you:

There is too much background noise in your room

Try to reduce the amount of background noise in your room, if possible. It may help to move your sensor to a location where it can hear you better.

You may need to re-run the audio calibration for the Kinect sensor

Kinect audio calibration can help calibrate and tune your Kinect sensor microphone for your room. Try using the Kinect audio tuner. Here’s how:

  1. Press the Guide button on your controller.
  2. Go to Settings.
  3. Select Kinect Tuner.
  4. Select Audio.
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions.
You need to speak loudly or more clearly

Try to speak slowly, loudly, and in a clear voice when you’re using Bing search.

Kinect may have trouble recognizing an accent or certain words. If your search result is still not being returned properly, try using a text search.

Your sensor is positioned in a location that interferes with the microphone

Depending on the position of your Kinect sensor, there may be other objects or electronics nearby that are interfering with the microphone.

  • Do not place your Kinect sensor on top of a speaker or other object that makes noise or vibrates.
  • Do not place your sensor on top of another electronic device. A device that has an exhaust fan can interfere with the microphone.
  • Do not block the microphones on your Kinect sensor. There are multiple microphones along the bottom, front edge of the Kinect sensor.
Your search term is too complicated

Some long or complicated search terms may be difficult for Bing search to recognize. Try a shorter or simplified search, and see if the same problem occurs. If your search term is still not recognized, try searching with the on-screen keyboard or chatpad.

Family Settings and Bing search

Just as with Xbox Live content, you may use Family Settings to restrict what content will be returned and accessed in Bing search. For example, if you wish to restrict access to adult-rated movies or shows, you can do this through the built-in parental controls of your Xbox.

For more information on how to configure Family Settings and parental controls, see Xbox 360 console parental controls.

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