What is Xbox Live?

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What is Xbox Live?

Xbox Live is the online service for the Xbox 360 console. Connect today and you can play Kinect and controller games with online friends or enjoy high-definition streaming content such as movies, TV shows, sporting events, and your favorite music.

Here's a sampling of what you can do on Xbox Live:

  • Enjoy unlimited online multiplayer with friends wherever they are
  • Download and play free game demos
  • Enjoy exclusive member deals and previews
  • Catch up on movies and TV with Netflix, HBO GO, Hulu Plus, and Amazon Instant Video
  • Watch sports with ESPN, MLB.TV, NBA Game Time, and UFC
  • Listen to personalized music with Xbox Music and iHeartRadio
  • Download arcade and full Xbox 360 games
  • Use your phone or tablet as a second screen for an enhanced game and entertainment experience
  • Explore the web on your TV with Internet Explorer for Xbox
  • Access your cloud game saves wherever you are
  • Use your voice to easily find games, music, movies, and TV shows with Kinect

Check out the following video to find out more.

Take a look at this video to find out more about Xbox Live!

How do I connect my Xbox 360 console to Xbox Live?

You can connect your console to Xbox Live with a wired or wireless connection. Here's how:

  • Wired connection

    A wired network connection is the fastest and most reliable way to connect to Xbox Live. For a wired connection, you use a network cable to connect your Xbox 360 console to a router or modem.
    Here's what you need:

    • A router, gateway, or modem
    • A network cable
    • A high-speed Internet connection such as cable or DSL

    For more information about how to set up your Xbox 360 console using a wired connection, see Xbox Live wired connection.

  • Wireless connection

    A wireless network connection lets you connect your Xbox 360 console to Xbox Live without using network cables. This allows you the freedom to move your console further away from your network hardware (the router, gateway, or modem).
    Your Xbox 360 console can use your existing wireless network.
    Here's what you need:

    • A high-speed Internet connection such as cable or DSL
      Note Satellite and 3G or 4G mobile connections are not recommended because you are likely to experience slow performance or lag.
    • A router, gateway, or wireless access point
    • An Xbox 360 Wireless Networking Adapter (original Xbox 360 console only)

    For more information about how to set up your Xbox 360 console using a wired connection, see Xbox Live wireless connection.

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