Power button lights on the front of the Xbox 360 E console

Overview

On the Xbox 360 E console and on the original Xbox 360 console, the light around the power button is divided into four quadrants that surround the power indicator light in the center:

  • The power indicator light in the center indicates whether the console is on or off and whether the disc tray is moving.
  • The four quadrants of light around the power button show the state of the console and the controller connections.
  • The four quadrants of light around the power button detect the vertical or horizontal position of the console and rotate accordingly. This means that the relative position of the four quadrants will remain the same whether you put the console in either position (vertical or horizontal). For detailed information, see the table below.
  • Flashing red lights on the circular light around the power button indicate an error. For more information, see Flashing light wizard.

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Behavior of the power indicator light when you turn on or turn off the console

  • When you turn on the console, the power indicator light in the center illuminates green and remains on, and the circular light around the power button rotates three times.
  • When you turn off the console, the power indicator light in the center turns off, and the circular light around the power button rotates three times.

Behavior of the power indicator light when the disc tray opens and closes

  • When you open or close the disc tray and the disc tray is moving, the power indicator light in the center flashes green.

Exception When the console closes the disc tray because the console was turned off, the power indicator light also turns off.

Behavior of the four quadrants of light around the power button

  • The four quadrants of light around the power button indicates the state of the Xbox 360 console and the controller connections. This light doesn't flash during typical use of the console.
  • The four quadrants of light represent four ports for controllers.
    • As you attach a controller to the console, another quadrant of light illuminates to indicate the controller ports that you are using.
    • A light on the Xbox Guide button on each Xbox 360 Controller corresponds to the quadrant of light on the console. For example, if you are using controller 1, the first quadrant of light is illuminated on the console, and the upper-left quadrant is illuminated on the controller.

The following table shows more information about the lights on and around the power button on the Xbox 360 S console and the original Xbox 360 console.

The console is turned off.
The console is turned on. No controllers are attached and bound to the console.
The console is turned on. A controller is attached and bound to port 1 on the console.
The console is turned on. A controller is attached and bound to port 2 on the console.
The console is turned on. Controllers are attached and bound to port 1 and port 2 on the console.
The console is turned on. A controller is attached and bound to port 3 on the console.
The console is turned on. Controllers are attached and bound to port 1 and port 4 on the console.
The console is turned on. Controllers are attached and bound to port 2 and port 4 on the console.
The console is turned on. Controllers are attached and bound to port 1, port 2, and port 4 on the console.
The console is turned on. Controllers are attached and bound to port 1 and port 3 on the console.
The console is turned on. Controllers are attached and bound to port 2 and port 3 on the console.
The console is turned on. Controllers are attached and bound to port 1, port 2, and port 3 on the console.
The console is turned on. Controllers are attached and bound to port 3 and port 4 on the console.
The console is turned on. Controllers are attached and bound to port 1, port 3, and port 4 on the console.
The console is turned on. Controllers are attached and bound to port 2, port 3, and port 4 on the console.
The console is turned on. Controllers are attached and bound to port 1, port 2, port 3, and port 4 on the console.

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