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 real gripe was having to use the 360′s controller for TV.
Yesterday, talking with a friend, he was kind enough to tell me about reading a few posts where people were successful with controlling the 360′s extender capabilities using the One. I immediately went to Google. The following is a 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 close to 5 minutes, most of which was configuring the 360 as a STB. Result: success!
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?