Question about Microsoft Xbox 360 Console
When you attempt to access Microsoft’s Xbox Live online gaming service with your Xbox 360, your system can’t connect. You perform a network test on the Xbox 360’s Dashboard, and your system fails the IP address status test.
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If you've never updated your console, but have access to a high speed internet connection, getting your updates through the web is pretty simple and straightforward. Unfortunately, Microsoft has made online updates unavailable to those who have not registered for the XBOX Live! service. Most folks that don't like or participate in online gaming wouldn't normally think of signing up for XBOX Live!.
The Live! service has two levels of membership.
The gold level allows you to play games online with others, an enhanced
friends list, the online marketplace, and more, but is only available to
those who subscribe monthly or purchase prepaid subscription packs.
Getting a silver membership is free, and allows you to receive all
system updates, but this also means you'll need to give some personal
pretty carefully, and even though it doesn't contain any major clauses
that would cause me to be concerned, I would have appreciated an option
to get online updates without having to give out my name, telephone
number, and personal address.
You can sign up for an XBOX Live! account directly through the 360 dashboard. Instructions for doing so are located here. Once you've successfully created an account (which may take a few attempts if the service bombs out on you), you should be notified immediately that a new update is available.
Not everyone has high-speed Internet access, and those that don't participate in online gaming may not have their Internet access accessible from their living rooms. Yes, Microsoft offers a Wi-Fi bridge for the 360, but most folks are not going to cough up $100 bucks to download an update. Besides, that still wouldn't solve the problem for dial-up users.
Microsoft has made one update available as a direct download from Xbox.com, which allows you to play more original XBOX games on your 360. If you don't care about 1080p or any other feature that they've made available, you can download the update and burn it to a CD. To update your 360, just stick that CD into the drive. It's unfortunate that Microsoft doesn't make all updates available in this manner, which would benefit a great deal of users that own high-tech consoles, but have low-tech web connections.
If you're in the dial-up group, there are a few ways you can get the full updates to your system. One option is to grab your console and drag it to a friend or family member's house in order to download updates. It's certainly a pain, but fortunately major updates are few and far between.
you're technically inclined, you can use a Windows 98SE, 2000, XP, or
Vista computer to share your dial-up connection with your XBOX 360 via
ICS (Internet Connection Sharing). It can be a little tricky to set up
for the novice, but fortunately there's plenty of useful guides
to walk you through the process. Updates will take a while to download
this way, but it will prevent you from having to pack up your 360 and
drag it to your neighbor's house just to download the latest updates.
On the surface, it may seem inconvenient to make the casual 360 owner jump through hoops to update a video game machine, but the move to an upgradeable platform will allow video game makers to adapt their existing technologies to ways that will improve your experience long after your initial purchase. Those who are up to date in the latest gaming hardware, but relics when it comes to computers and Internet access, will find updating their 360s much more inconvenient than those with ultrafast connections and whole house LAN. It's unfortunate that there's been less effort to provide system updates via alternative means to the Internet.
In the end, if you're always looking for ways to get more out of the gear you already own, these updates are a sure fire way to make your 360 investment seem better and better every day.
Hope this helps.
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