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About Xbox Live on Xbox 360

Xbox Live is the online service for Xbox 360 and a lot more. Review this page to find out more about Xbox Live and how to connect your console.

Xbox Live

What is Xbox Live?

Xbox Live is the free online service for the Xbox 360 console. When you use an Internet connection to access Xbox Live, 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.

To sign up for Xbox Live, visit Get more with Xbox Live Gold.

What you can do on Xbox Live

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

  • Enjoy unlimited online multiplayer gaming 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

Watch the following video to find out more.

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How to connect your Xbox 360 console to Xbox Live

You can connect your console to Xbox Live with either 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

To set up your Xbox 360 console using a wired connection, go to the Xbox 360 First-Time Connection Solution and select Wired.

  • 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 (your 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’re 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)

To set up your Xbox 360 console using a wireless connection, go to the Xbox 360 First-Time Connection Solution and select Wireless.

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