Setting up my Xbox 360 was surprisingly easy through the Xbox One; with tinkering that is. Like most people, I would have preferred to be able to use the One as a media center extender, but oh well, still using the 360 as a MCE wasn’t that big of a deal for me. My only real gripe was still having to use the 360′s controller for TV.
Yesterday, I was talking it over with a friend of mine who read online that people were successful with controlling the 360′s extender capabilities, I immediately went to Google. The following is step by step of my findings:
- After the initial Xbox One setup and with the Xbox 360 connected to the One’s HDMI in port, turn the Xbox 360 on.
- On the Xbox One, Go to settings and select TV & OneGuide from the tiles.
- Select Devices.
- Select TV – select your TV brand and the One will guide you through a series of command tests until it learns the exact model.
- Select Cable or Satellite Box – manually enter Microsoft as the brand. I had to go through the power commands 20-25 times until it was successful in sending a power down signal to the 360.
- You can setup your AV receiver or if/when you are done, go back to the previous menu and select OneGuide.
- Enter your zip code and select your cable provider.
- Optional – you can enable digital surround sound by selecting Troubleshooting from the TV & OneGuide menu. Select Surround Sound (Beta).
Time spent was about 5 minutes, most of which was configuring the STB. Success! My Xbox One controller changes channels on the Xbox 360.
See this thread if you want your Xbox 360 to boot directly into live TV using MCE: Any way to have Xbox 360 boot straight into Live TV?