Download several Xbox and Xbox 360 instruction manual PDFs here!

These manuals were released on Xbox.com, free to the public. They were a batch of manuals made available as part of Xbox Originals and other programs when full sized games were being made available digitally over Xbox Live. The push to include manuals for all digital games didn’t seem to go much beyond this list, and some Originals, like Psychonauts, Crimson Skies, Fuzion Frenzy, and a few others, have seemingly been removed from the website.


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Xbox Support Sets the Standard

I had a relatively simple question about my Xbox Live account, earlier today, but the answer just wasn’t clear to me. So I hopped on the online and asked the support rep. I had an answer within minutes and was on to the next thing. Mark was a big help. But it got me thinking… I’ve contact Microsoft’s support team a few times in the last few years, and every time they’ve been a huge help. All too often when I call one company or another for support, they find a scape goat. “It must be your internet connection,” they’ll say, or “have you replaced the batteries?” I’ve been asked. Whether it’s for a few hundred dollars in a game console, or thousands of dollars on an enterprise server, I have to work with tech support all the time, and the Xbox Support team continues to deliver the best experience. Continue reading

Two "Slims?" Xbox 360 S vs. E differences

In June of 2013, Microsoft revised the Xbox 360 console yet again. If you thought the “Slim” was the final say, you should know that there was one more change to the Xbox 360. The Xbox 360 S was followed by the Xbox 360 E. The big differences are mostly cosmetic, however it is important to note the power requirements of each console: the S uses 135 watts and the E uses only a 120 watt power supply. A minor change is the number of USB ports, from 5 on the S to 4 on the E. Below is the full breakdown. The picture came from an article on syncing controllers, and the rest from a spec sheet.

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Does your Gamerscore carry over to Xbox One?

Good news! If you sign in to the Xbox One using your same Microsoft Account (formerly called “Live ID”) then, yes! All of your gamerscore and achievements will be there waiting for you on your new Xbox One, and you can conitnue to earn more and more Gamerscore on Xbox One games!

Disable Xbox Live cloud saves on Xbox 360

Some people find the cloud save “feature” more of an annoyance. They don’t want to be prompted which storage medium to search for saved games, etc… if you’re one of those who wants to disable the cloud save feature, follow these easy steps:

NOTE: This will erase anything you DO have saved in Cloud Storage. Ensure you move your saved games, first, if necessary.

  1. From the Xbox 360 Dashboard, go to Settings, and then select System.
  2. Select Storage.
  3. Highlight Cloud Saved Games, and then press Y.
  4. Select Disable Cloud Saved Games.