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The Xbox 360 game console, developed by Microsoft, features a number of first-party and third-party accessories.

Controllers

Xbox 360 controllers

Up to four controllers are supported by the Xbox 360, including wired and wireless gamepads. The wireless controllers run on either AA batteries (Alkaline or rechargeable) or on a rechargeable battery pack. The wired controllers may be connected to any of the three (one at the rear, two at the front) USB ports located on the console, or to a USB hub. USB keyboards are also supported, but only for inputting text and navigating the dashboard; additionally, the number pad and hotkeys are non-functional. The original first-generation Xbox controllers are not compatible with the Xbox 360. The controller is also compatible with PCs, wireless controllers will need the Wireless Gaming Receiver. The Xbox 360 controller has been used in the United States and British militaries. The Xbox 360 controller has vibration feedback which is limited to titles using the new XInput API, however, unlike the first Xbox, the face buttons and bumpers are not analog.

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Xbox 360 Wireless Controller

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Xbox 360 Wired Controller

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Xbox 360 Wireless Black Controller

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Special Edition Halo 3 Controller (Spartan)



Windows compatibility

Many Xbox 360 accessories are compatible with a Windows (XP or newer) based PC. Some examples are; the wired/wireless controller, the wired headset (via a controller), the wireless headset and the Live Vision camera. However, despite marketing by Microsoft claiming otherwise, the much anticipated Chatpad accessory for the standard Xbox 360 controller is not Windows compatible.

Wireless Gaming Receiver
The Wireless Gaming Receiver for Windows
At E3 2006, Microsoft announced the Wireless Gaming Receiver (sold as Crossfire Wireless Gaming Receiver in the UK), which allows all wireless Xbox 360 accessories to be used on a Windows-based PC. This allows PC and Xbox 360 owners to use their wireless gamepads, racing wheels, and headset on their computer.

Controller accessories

Battery packs
Battery Pack, Play and Charge Cable and Quick Charger
The battery pack for the Xbox 360 controller is nickel metal hydride. The pack provides up to 25 hours of continuous gaming for the wireless controller. It is recommended in place of disposable AA batteries (which differ slightly in voltage). It also ships as part of the Play & Charge Kit and as part of the Quick Charge Kit. Third party rechargeable battery pack kits are also available.

Play and Charge Kit
The Play and Charge kit allows the controller to be recharged while playing a game by plugging the wireless controller into a USB port. The kit also includes the rechargeable battery pack.

Quick Charge Kit
The Quick Charge Kit charges up to two rechargeable battery packs and does so in less time than the Play and Charge Kit. It comes with the dual-charger and one rechargeable battery pack. It takes 2 hours for each of 2 battery packs to be fully charged. when the light turns green it is finished charging.

Xbox 360 Messenger Kit
Microsoft released a small keyboard suitable for messaging in September 2007, coinciding with the launch of Xbox Live Windows Live Messenger on Xbox 360.

Released on September 4, 2007, the Xbox 360 Messenger Kit includes a wired headset.

Universal Media Remote

There are two official versions of Remote control for the Xbox 360 and a number of unofficial ones. The first official media remote is the shorter version of the Universal Media Remote that can be bought at retail. It was supplied at launch with the Premium version of the console, and replaces the Xbox Live Headset in the Australian and Mexicanmarker Premium Xbox 360 systems, as well as the Brazilianmarker official pack. These were sold in limited quantities. All remotes can assist in the playing of DVD movies and music (although the console can play such media without the remote), while the Universal Media Remote offers more function by having the ability to serve as a control for a number of TVs or Windows Media Center-based PC. All remotes allow basic control of games, along with being able to navigate the dashboard. The remote control allows for controlling portions of the interface of the Xbox 360 via infrared.

Using the remote code 21972, you can power on/off the device, as well as press "A" and "B", so you can program your TV remote to control your Xbox as a DVD player.

Steering wheel

The Xbox 360 Wireless Racing Wheel was introduced by Microsoft at E3 2006. Released in November 2006, the force feedback steering wheel controller includes the standard gamepad buttons and floor-mounted accelerator and brake pedals. Although the wheel is capable of running off the rechargeable battery pack, use of the force feedback and active resistance features requires an external AC adapter.

A limited edition of the force feedback wheel included the racing game Project Gotham Racing 3. There is also a "Hardcore Pack" for Test Drive Unlimited, which makes the driving more realistic than without the pack.

On August 22, 2007 xbox.com published a newsflash saying that they will retrofit for free all the Wireless Racing Wheels that were manufactured on 2006 - 2007. This is due to a component in the wheel chassis that in rare cases may overheat and fail when the AC/DC power supply is used to power up the wheel. It turned out that the retrofit actually requires owners to ship their Wireless Wheel back to Microsoft for repair or replacement. Wheel owners are reporting their experiences in this thread on the Xbox.com forums.

Fanatec also makes one for the XBOX 360,The Porsche 911 Turbo S Racing Wheel features force feedback,6 gear stick shifter,3 pedals(Gas/Brake/Cutch) and its also useable on the PC and PS3 as well.

Madcatz also makes a Dale Earnhardt Jr./NASCARRacing wheel for $99.99

Big Button Pad

Xbox 360 Big Button Pads with the infrared receiver
The games Scene It? Lights, Camera, Action and Scene It? Box Office Smash come bundled with four special wireless controllers called Big Button Pads, which resemble game show buzzers. Each controller has one large "buzzer" button at the top and four smaller buttons for answering multiple-choice questions. The large buzzer button also functions as a 4-way directional pad, which helps to navigate the Xbox 360 dashboard menu. The game's price is unaffected by the inclusion of the controllers. Other games such as Uno, 1 vs. 100 and Wits and Wagers have added support for the Big Button Pads.

The Big Button Pads use an external IR receiver which connects to the Xbox 360 via USB. When the IR receiver is connected all four quadrants on the 'ring of light' are lit to tell the user that four controller devices are active. These Big Button Pads can be used at the same time as the wired and wireless gamepads and the wireless headsets.

Xbox 360 Arcade sticks

The Xbox 360 Arcade Gamestick from Mad Catz has a full size joystick and spinner control. It comes with the Xbox Live Arcade games Frogger, Time Pilot, and Astropop. It is officially licensed by Microsoft.

Xbox 360 Guitar Hero Controller

The Xbox 360 Les Paul (black) and X-Plorer (white)
Guitar Hero II features a special guitar shaped controller (known as the Guitar Hero X-Plorer Controller, and modeled after the Gibson Explorer guitar) that is plugged in via the USB ports. The controller works just like a normal controller and may be used with other games, however it does not have the same number of buttons or joysticks which may limit other games. The controller is sold bundled with Guitar Hero II, some bundles of Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, or available separately. It is also bundled with the PC and Macintosh releases of Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock.

Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock comes with a new designed controller that is wireless (called the Les Paul controller and shaped like a Gibson Les Paul), that works in the same way as its predecessor. Both these controllers also feature the expansion port which allows users to equip a wired headset for voice communication. The wireless Les Paul guitar controller has been tested to work on the Microsoft Windows operating system using the Wireless Gaming Receiver for use with the PC version of Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, however, the wired X-Plorer is the only guitar controller officially supported by Aspyr Media (developer of the PC and Macintosh release).

Xbox 360 Ace Combat 6 Flight Stick

Produced by Hori, it was only made available for purchase in a special-limited edition package of Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation. The Ace Edge package was officially released only in North America and Japan. The throttle appears to be a re-painted version of the Saitek X-45 throttle.

Audio/Visual Peripherals

AV Connectors and Cables

Adapters and cables are available for TOSLINK, RCA (audio and video), S-video, Component video (YPbPr) , VGA, D-Terminal, and SCART connections, depending on regional standard.

On March 28, 2007 Microsoft officially announced the Xbox 360 Elite which includes a built-in HDMI port and a bundled HDMI cable. Currently all Xbox 360 models have an HDMI port, but only the Elite model comes with a HDMI cable. As of August 2009 with the price drop of the Xbox consoles, both Arcade and Elite will ship with a composite video/audio cable and the Elite will no longer ship with an HDMI cable.

HD DVD Player

Xbox 360 HD DVD Player


The HD DVD Player for the Xbox 360 is a now discontinued accessory which allows playback of HD DVDs. It was announced by Bill Gates during his 2006 keynote speech at CES. It was officially presented at E3 2006 and was launched on November 7, 2006.

The drive uses USB to connect to the Xbox 360 and all of the audio and video processing is done by, and is output from, the Xbox 360 itself. The HD DVD player also features two extra USB ports on the rear as well as a clip to for attaching the wireless network adapter to. The drive cannot be used to play Xbox or Xbox 360 game titles, and all Xbox 360 games will continue to use DVD-9 media.

Headset

  • Headset: It allows gamers to use in game voice chat, private chat, party chat, audio for video chat and in-game voice recognition like Tom Clancy's EndWar for Xbox Live. The headset can also be used with a PC but requires a controller to do so. Some upcoming Xbox 360 titles may benefit from voice command. It has an in-line volume control and a mute switch. An official headset is not needed for a controller; any standard 2.5 mm socket handsfree set from a mobile phone will work as a headset. However, not all hands free headsets have volume control or mute functions. Conversely, the Xbox headset can be used in any device that supports a 2.5 mm headset.
    Wireless headset
    In addition to the first party headset, Plantronics produces a range of officially-licensed wired headsets for the Xbox 360. The wired headset can be faulty in some cases, such as packaging or audio seding issues.


  • Wireless headset: The Headset has the same uses for the wired headset. Up to four wireless headsets can be used simultaneously on a single Xbox 360. The headset features a built-in rechargeable battery, which lasts up to 8 hours, and comes with a charger and an instruction manual. The headset fits over either ear and comes with two sizes of removable ear grips for a better fit. The headset uses the same 2.4 GHz wireless technology as the wireless controller and functions within the same 30 foot range and can be used with or without a controller connected to the console.


Live Vision camera

Xbox Live Vision Camera


The Xbox Live Vision camera was announced at E3 2006 and was released in North America on September 19, 2006, and Europe and Asia on October 2, 2006 (November 2, 2006 in Japan) . There are many games which have camera functionality included, some of which are: Uno, TotemBall, Burnout Paradise (only during online play, when you are taken down and the camera sends a picture of you at the moment of being taken down), Texas Hold'em, Spyglass Board Games, Pinball FX, Hardwood Backgammon, Hardwood Hearts and Hardwood Spades. For a full list see main article. The ability to create an in-game representation of a player is possible using this camera and a suitable game, similar to Sony's EyeToy for the PS2. The retail games Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas and Vegas 2 allow players to create an in-game version of their face with this feature. The dashboard software released on June 13, 2006 added an option in the system tab to support its functions.The Xbox Live Vision Camera is also used in Viva Pinata: Trouble in Paradise, and You're In the Movies!.

Capture Devices

Due to the VGA out that is available using an HD AV adapter, a slate of VGA capture devices are compatible with the Xbox 360 for recording game play.

Storage

Detachable hard drives

Hard drives, 20 GB (above) and 120 GB (below)
Optional detachable SATA hard drives are used for the storage of games, music, downloaded trailers, levels, demos, player preferences, and community-created content from Xbox Live Marketplace; it may also be used to transfer such content between Xbox 360 units. It is required to play original Xbox games and a select number of Xbox 360 games. The total capacity of the Xbox 360 Hard Drive is either 20 GB, 60 GB, 120 GB or 250 GB. 250 GB hard drives are only available through 3rd party manufacturers or through the purchase of an Xbox bundled with the 250 GB hard drive. Of this amount, approximately 6 GB is reserved for system use. Approximately 4 GB of that portion is reserved for game title caching and other hard drive-specific elements in games that support the hard drive, and an additional 2 GB is reserved for use by the Xbox 360 backwards-compatibility software. This leaves users with approximately 14, 52 or 107 GB of free space on the drive. Depending on the market, the hard drive comes preloaded with content, such as videos and Live Arcade games or demos.

When sold separately, the drives come with a data exchange transfer cable to facilitate moving data from one drive to another. The drive that is packaged with the Elite comes in black and a transfer cable is available from Microsoft by calling the Xbox 360 support hotline and paying shipping and handling.

The actual drives inside of their respective casings are standard 2.5" (laptop-size) SATA hard disk drives loaded with special firmware; however, the Microsoft versions are notably more expensive than standard ones.

On 10 November 2009, a limited edition Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 elite Xbox 360 console was made available which included a 250 GB hard drive.

Memory units

Small, portable, flash based memory devices which allow the transfer of saved games, unique gamer profiles, and content downloaded from Xbox Live Marketplace to other Xbox 360 consoles. Sizes available are:
  • 64 MB memory card (Discontinued)
  • 256 MB memory card (supplied only with the Xbox 360 'Arcade' Package) - (Discontinued)
  • 512 MB memory card (Was pre-loaded with the Xbox Live Arcade game Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved for a limited time. Semi-Newer units were pre-loaded with the Xbox Live Arcade game Worms. Newer Units now come with a keychain carry case)


Some game saves and downloaded content cannot be copied from hard drives to memory cards. What content cannot be moved is up to the discretion of the individual video game developers.

Example games with unmovable content:

Game un-movable movable
Bejeweled 2 Saved game
Dead or Alive 4 Saved game
Dead or Alive Xtreme 2 Saved game
Forza Motorsport 2 Local scoreboard data Saved game, ghosts, settings, photos,

vinyl groups and replay
Perfect Dark Zero Saved game (from the Xbox 360 Dashboard) Saved game (from the in-game options)

and downloaded content
Ridge Racer 6 Downloaded content Saved game
The Last Remnant Saved game
Viva Piñata Saved game and most other data
Zuma Saved game
Rock Band 2 Saved game


Datel Xsata

The Datel Xsata is an unlicensed accessory used to transfer materials from the console's hard drive to a Windows PC. The XSATA is a device that sits between the 360's hard drive and the console itself. Use of this device to transfer saved game files for the purpose of unlocking achievements is prohibited by Microsoft in the Xbox Live Terms of Service agreement.

USB Storage Devices

The Xbox 360 can read USB storage devices such as thumb drives, Zunes,most kinds of iPods (the iPod Touch 2G is not compatible with the Xbox), mp3 players, PSPs, and hard drives, however an Optional Media Update is required to play music and other files from certain music players, this is available from the Xbox Live Marketplace.The devices which have been previously mentioned can be used to play music, or to view pictures and videos. The file systems FAT, FAT32 and HFS+ are supported but NTFS is not.

Other Accessories

Faceplates

The default faceplate (black or white) can be replaced with a range of custom designs, each sold separately. The prices of these custom designs are typically around $20 with more to be released by third party manufacturers. Microsoft has also distributed three promotional faceplates, one for those present at the E3 2005 unveiling, one for those at the Zero Hour launch event and one for VIP X05 attendees. While faceplates exist mostly for aesthetic reasons, it still serves several other functional roles like airflow direction, dust and particle deterrence, and protection for the DVD-tray and memory slots. Note that only the faceplate on the Xbox 360 can be easily replaced and not the other parts of the casing.

Controller Faceplates

The controller's faceplate can be replaced with a range of custom designs,each are sold separately.Redoctane makes controller faceplates for the Guitar Hero Guitar controller.Madcatz makes Dale Jr/NASCAR and a Resident Evil Faceplates.

Custom Cases

Unofficial custom cases can be purchased from independent manufacturers. They come in a wide range of colors. After they are purchased, the buyer can remove the outer casing of their console using special tools provided, or bought separately, which allows them to fit the new case. Case mods do not differ in shape or size, and are based on molds of originals, but, without any Microsoft logos or stickers. Fitting these voids the console warranty.

Wireless Network Adapter

Wireless adapter settings on the older 360 interface.


The official Wi-Fi adapter is connected to the Xbox 360 through one of its USB ports. It supports 802.11a, 802.11b, and 802.11g connections, with encryption mechanisms initially limited to WEP and WPA, with WPA2 support added on October 28, 2009.

Functionality equivalent to the adapters can be achieved with different third-party solutions, which are connected through the ethernet port and recognized by the Xbox 360 as a wired connection.It is also possible to connect an Xbox 360 to internet through another system's connection if it has it shared.

Using an official or third-party wireless bridge the console can automatically detect and link up with other Xbox 360 consoles that are within range and form an ad hoc network.

On October 5, 2009 Gamestop has revealed a new version of the wireless networking adapter. It has support for Wireless N draft networks, for increased speed and reliability. The device is to ship on November 3, 2009 according to the website.

Exergaming

Two exergaming accessories are designed for the Xbox 360, Dance Dance Revolution Universe and Gamercize, are currently available. Through backward compatibility the Yourself!Fitness instructional game for the Xbox can also be used.

Cooling products

Nyko Intercooler 360

The Nyko Intercooler 360 is designed to reduce the internal operating temperature of the 360 and as a result, to prolong lifespan of the console. It connects to the exterior of the Xbox 360. There is no internal modification of the Xbox 360 required. A pass through power connection utilizes the existing Xbox 360 power supply negating the need for an extra AC adapter. The unit also powers on and off automatically with the 360 and the Intercooler's small size will fit in tight spaces like entertainment centers with the 360 placed in either horizontal or vertical orientation.

Many consumers, as well as the press, claim it scorches their consoles, "steals" power from the system and even causes the red rings of death. However, Nyko has now created the Intercooler EX which has a new AC adaptor made of metal and therefore solves the problem with power "stealing" and the plug falling off.

At E3 2008, Nyko announced a new revised sleeker model of the Intercooler named the Intercooler TS. This new model is smaller than previous models and blends in with the console, its main feature is called TempSmart, a temperature sensing technology which automatically powers on the Intercooler’s fans when needed, and continues to cool the console even after the console has been switched off until a proper ambient temperature has been reached and it's also powered by its own AC adapter, so no batteries or USB cables to the console are necessary.

Gamexpert Cooler King(UK)/Pelican Air Flo Cooler(US)

The Cooler King is an external fan for the 360, featuring a 4-port USB hub. Official Xbox 360 AV cables cannot be used with the Cooler King as it lacks the AV port usually on the Xbox 360. Players have to use third-party Component/Composite cables. This cooler also has VGA support so it can allow the Xbox 360 to be connected to some monitors and TVs using a VGA cable. This cooler will not work with the newer HDMI-compatible Xbox 360s.

Pelican Fan Stand

The Pelican Fan Stand provides a different approach to cooling the Xbox 360. Instead of clipping on to the back like the Cooler King or Intercooler, the fan is situated in a base extension that the console can sit on only in the upright position. The placement of the fan allows it to draw cooler air from beneath the console and blow it out through the back. It uses a single USB plug to draw power from the Xbox. This makes a switch necessary to turn off the fan, allowing it to continue cooling after the console has been turned off unlike the Cooler King or the current Intercooler.

References

  1. Military love affair with videogames intensifies | The Register
  2. British Army use Xbox 360 controllers : Video
  3. Xbox.com product profile for the Chatpad
  4. Format War Over: Microsoft Xbox 360 HD DVD Player Officially Discontinued
  5. "Gates Outlines Vision for the Digital Lifestyle and Showcases New Products and Technologies From Microsoft, Microsoft, January 4, 2006
  6. http://www.tomclancysendwar.com
  7. Erratum: Xbox Live Vision Camera date - Xbox Lives Major Nelson
  8. Engadget & Joystiq's live coverage of Microsoft's Xbox 360 E3 event - Joystiq
  9. XBOX 360 Gameplay Capture
  10. Microsoft Announces 512MB Memory Unit for Xbox 360 and Increased Xbox LIVE Arcade Game Size Limit: 512MB Memory Unit enhances storage capabilities and choice for Xbox 360 game...
  11. Gizmodo | How to add Wi-Fi to your Xbox 360 smartly and cheaply
  12. Xbox.com | System Setup - Xbox 360 Wireless Networking Adapter
  13. http://www.gamestop.com/Catalog/ProductDetails.aspx?product_id=76045 | Gamestop.com - Buy Xbox 360 Wireless N Networking Adapter


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