Set up your Xbox 360 E console


Setting up your Xbox 360 E console is easy – just follow these step-by-step instructions.


Unbox and position the console

Step 1: Unbox the console

An illustration shows the items that come in the Xbox 360 E console package.

An Xbox 360 E game system typically includes:

  1. Console
  2. A/V cable (3.5mm composite)
  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

An illustration shows a hand pulling protective tape off the front of the Xbox 360 E console.

Step 3: Position the console

Good placement Poor placement
An illustration shows an example of a good Xbox console-and-TV setup in a cabinet. The console has air space around it. An illustration shows an example of an Xbox console setup that is not good because the console is packed tightly with other items on a shelf without ventilation space around it.

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. Plug in the power supply.
  2. Plug the power cord into the power supply.
  3. Plug the power cord into an electrical outlet.

Connect the console to your TV

The Xbox 360 E console system includes a Composite Audio/Visual cable. You can use this cable to connect the console to a standard television or monitor. Here's how:


  • This Composite Audio/Visual cable does not support high definition (HD) display.
  • If you have a HDTV and want to check the instructions for using an HDMI cable, see Connect your Xbox 360 console to a TV.
  1. Connect the small 3.5mm connector to the 3.5mm jack on the back of the console.
  2. Locate the A/V ports on your TV or monitor. Connect the color-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
A drawing shows the composite audio-visual cable connections between an Xbox 360 E console and a TV.

Note Monaural (mono) TVs have only one audio port. Connect either the red or white connector to the TV.

  1. Turn on the TV and console.

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

Xbox home screen

If you don't see the Xbox Dashboard, you might need to change the video input setting. To change the video input setting, refer to your TV or Entertainment Center manual for instructions.

To improve the video display, you can change the default settings.

Connect a 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 center Xbox Guide button, until the controller turns on.
A finger reaches to press the large Guide button near the center of an Xbox 360 controller.

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.
On the front of a vertically positioned console, a finger reaches to press the small connect button on the left near the bottom.
  1. Within 20 seconds, press and release the connect button on the controller.
The connect button is emphasized on the front edge of 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 controller’s Xbox Guide button.
Xbox 360 console and controller

Connect a wired controller

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

Set your console settings

Xbox Dashboard home screen

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.

The disc tray is opened and a disc removed.

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

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