Many Xbox 360 gamers may not know that they can use their Xbox console as an extender for Windows Media Center to enrich and expand all of their media experiences. The Xbox was designed as more than a great time passer for game enthusiasts. For those who learn the extra features, the Xbox becomes much more than just a game.
With the development of extender technology, computers took on greater importance in homes around the world. Instead of just sitting on a desk waiting to be used, computers are now used as hubs to provide the ultimate entertainment experiences on the homes television sets. Computers and televisions now work in unison to enrich the viewing pleasures of movie buffs, music lovers, and gamers alike.
What every Xbox 360 gamer should learn is that their game console is an extender for Windows Media Center and can offer them far more than dates with their joystick. There are other Windows Media Center extenders on the market, but the Xbox 360 is one that a lot of people already own but do not realize the full potential beyond their favorite Xbox 360 television games.
With extender technology already incorporated into the gaming console, the Xbox allows users to record television shows to view later even to view on their computers. Videos can even be taken from a user’s computer and played back on their television screens. The best things for consumers on the edge of technology are that these features even work in high definition settings.
By learning how to connect their Xbox 360 to their computers, consumers can now take any media files that they cherish on their computers and share them with friends and family on their television screens. Even personal photos can be viewed as a color rich slide show while viewers watch from the couch in comfort. The home theater system becomes highly enriched by the Xbox 360 by allowing users to connect all of the content from their PCs with their television.
This has become a great party centerpiece for technology minded people who enjoy entertaining. The Xbox is flexible in that it can allow party goers to play games, view pictures the host wants to share, and even listen to music, all from the home entertainment theater.
The home computer needs to operate with Windows Vista Home Premium or Windows Vista Ultimate. There is also an optional way to set up the extender connection if you have Windows XP Media Center 2005. Once the Xbox is connected into the computer’s network setup is rather easy, and the Xbox 360 does not even need a hard drive to enjoy all the benefits of running it as an extender for Windows Media Center.