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Authors: Brian Johnson, Duncan Mackenzie
ISBN-13: 9780471771807, ISBN-10: 0471771805
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
Date Published: January 2006
Edition: (Non-applicable)

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Author Biography: Brian Johnson

Brian Johnson works for Microsoft Corporation as a content strategist for MSDN. He’s an avid gamer and has been playing on the Xbox since before the release of the system. Brian is the author of a number of books including Microsoft Image Composer for Dummies, Inside Visual Studio .NET, An Insider’s Guide to Microsoft OneNote, and others. Before working at MSDN, Brian was a technical editor for Microsoft Press where he worked on a number of successful titles. In the late 1990s, he was a columnist for Microsoft Visual J++ Informant Magazine and a technical editor for Microsoft Office and VBA Developer Magazine. Brian is a former Marine Corps journalist and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin.

Duncan Mackenzie is a software developer at Microsoft. When the kids go to sleep, he fires up the Xbox.

Book Synopsis

Microsoft's Xbox now accounts for 37 percent of the game console market, and the new Xbox 360 is due out for the 2005 holiday season, months before Sony's PlayStation 3. When gamers take the new Xbox home, however, they'll soon discover that it's more than a just a game machine-it's a full-fledged home media hub with more power than most PCs. This friendly guide shows how to maximize both gaming and non-gaming features of this amazing machine.

  • Topics covered include hooking up Xbox 360, taking advantage of HDTV and Dolby capabilities, using built-in digital video recording and wireless functions, storing media files, playing music, and displaying photos
  • Shows how to have even more fun by taking an Xbox online for massively multiplayer gaming, instant messaging, and more
  • Discusses the social potential of the Xbox, which people can use to make new friends, join groups and teams, and even throw fantastic parties
  • Includes tips for securing the Xbox from online threats

Table of Contents


Part I: Xbox 360 Out of the Box.

Chapter 1: Meet the Xbox 360.

Chapter 2: Setting Up Your Xbox 360.

Part II: The Xbox 360 Blades.

Chapter 3: Dealing with the Dashboard.

Chapter 4: The Live Blade.

Chapter 5: The Media Blade.

Chapter 6: The System Blade.

Chapter 7: The Games Blade.

Part III: Xbox 360 in Your Entertainment System.

Chapter 8: HDTV, EDTV, Plain Old TV.

Chapter 9: Getting the Best Audio Experience.

Chapter 10: Customizing Your Console.

Part IV: Pushing the Outer Limits.

Chapter 11: Parental Control.

Chapter 12: LAN Parties.

Chapter 13: Windows Media Center Extender.

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 14: Ten Great Web Sites.

Chapter 15: More Than Ten Great Games.

Chapter 16: Ten Tips for Parents.

Chapter 17: Ten Ways to Make Friends.

Chapter 18: Ten Great Accessories.

Appendix: Original Xbox Games.





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