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An Introduction To XBox Live

By Aaron Hamilton

The XBox and XBox 360 gaming consoles have been Microsoft’s answer to Sony and their full line of electronic gaming devices. With the advent of this latest one, it has become much easier for users to play their favorite games online against friends, family, or a bitter rival from halfway across the world. As long as you have a high-speed Internet connection, you are ready to experience all of the benefits that XBox Live provides its users.

It’s estimated that MORE THAN 60 percent of XBox 360 owners use the game console to access the Live feature! Playing all kinds of players from all across the planet, millions of these console owners are tied together through this Live portal – the pivotal gateway from Microsoft that makes it possible.

Microsoft even makes it possible through their Live offering to sample new game demos that haven’t even reached the stores yet! Check out all the latest facts and details pertaining to the 360 upgrades and accessories, too.

XBox Live provides all of those benefits and in addition to them permits you to browse the internet on your television, check your email, listen to music you have downloaded, or watch movies that you have downloaded. And everyone has seen the ads for the amazing partnership with Netflix which allows Microsoft Live subscribers to stream movies directly from Netflix through their console for instant entertainment enjoyment. You must be members of both Live and of Netflix to enjoy the amazing benefits of this service.

When you are first setting up the Live software, you will be asked to think of a “Gamertag” for yourself. This is basically a nickname that you will be referred to when you are logged in to your online service. Posting high scores, purchasing content, and identifying friends that are currently online from your Friends List all are predicated on the name that you are using when you log in to Live.

There are also two levels in XBox Live which you can sign up for: Gold and Silver. The Silver package is free and with it players can create a profile, create a Friends List, and access the Arcade as well as the Marketplace. People signed up to go with the Gold suite get Marketplace content that is exclusive to them as well as being able to find similar skill-leveled players for the different games that they play. The Gold package is set at $50 for one year or $8 per month.

Microsoft’s internet based service really takes users to the another level as far as what their video games can do and what they can do with them . This creates a community for the expert and the novice and lets you really get into it with games against other players, or the options for entertainment such as music and movies. It kicks it up a notch and takes gaming to the next level.

If you’re looking for a 360 ring of death fix then head on over to Aaron’s website where he shows you what the 2 red lights 360 means and how to deal with it effectively.

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Hamilton, Aaron "An Introduction To XBox Live." An Introduction To XBox Live. 26 Jun. 2010. 29 Dec 2014 <>.

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