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Set up Auto Shut-Off for xBox 360

Updated on November 27, 2008

Save Energy

Playing video games can run up your power bill more than you realize especially if you leave your xBox 360 on all the time, even when you are not playing games.

Of the three major consoles (PlayStation 3, xBox 360, and Wii) the xBox 360 is second in terms of using the most energy. Leaving your xBox 360 on every day, all day, you are using enough energy to run two brand new refrigerators for an entire year, which is a lot considering that video games are considered luxuries, more so than a refrigerator.

Well, there are things that you can do to cut down you energy usage that won't really cut down you playing. You just need to remember to cut off your xBox 360 in order to save some power.

You don't have to sacrifice your gaming customs in order to save energy. You can follow the following five steps to set up auto shut-off for your xBox 360. Automatic shut down will turn off your xBox console after it has gone idle for a certain time frame, which will make the console more energy efficient, which will in turn save you money on your power bill.

If you want the dollar amount, bu shutting off your xBox when you are not using it, you will pay about $11 a year for playing video games on an xBox, whereas if you leave the video game console on all the time, you will be paying about $103 a year.

Turn on the Auto-Off Feature

Step 1. Remove any discs from your xBox and turn it on. When you are at the main menu, you want to scroll to the right to the "System" tab and press the A button on your controller in order to select "Control Setting."

Step 2. When on the "Console Setting" screen, you want to scroll down to "Shutdown" and press the A button on your controller.

Step 3. When on the "Shutdown" screen, press the A button on your controller in order to select "Auto-Off." You will notice that the feature is "Disabled" initially.

Step 4. On the "Auto-Off" screen, press the A button on your controller in order to select "Enable," which will turn on the auto-off feature.

Step 5. Once you enable the Auto-Off feature, you should return to the "Shutdown" screen, where you should notice that the Auto-Off feature now saws "Enabled." 

Once you have abled the Auto-Off feature, you want to save your game as frequently as you can while you are playing because the feature will shut off your xBox after it has been idle for six hours.


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      Phil d 5 years ago

      Will it auto shut off after a movie

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      chris 6 years ago

      i like the xbox 360 to cut off at a certain time because i get in trouble a lot for forgetting the rime it would be great if they could fix this to were i can select a certain time for my xbox 360 to shut off. please fix soon.

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      BT 6 years ago

      Doubt anyone sees this anymore but it did pop up on my google search in first place. My 360 has a 1hour and 6hour shut off time. They must have updated it thanks to your e-mails/letters. I just wasn't sure if it would shut off even if your playing a movie/DVD. Guess I'll find out tonight. I also like to fall asleep to something playing, ie. TV or a DVD. But hate the idea of shortening my xbox's life span keeping it on all night.

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      JB 6 years ago

      Just wrote Microsoft, everyone should write them maybe we can get this changed in a future update.

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      JB 6 years ago

      Yeah agreed 6 hours is far to long, that means its on for like 4-5 hours after I fall asleep. Microsoft needs to give an update so we can change it. Even if they changed it to 2 hours would be perfect.

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      ash 7 years ago

      i wish you could set it too 2 hours coz i wanna watch inbetweeners and fall asleep but now i gotta leave xbox on.

      6 hours is stupid.

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      edward 8 years ago

      unfortunately you cannot change the time less then 6 hours, i wanted to set it up so i could watch dvds before bed. as far as the controller. you can charge any usb product on the xbox while it is in standby mode, you don't don't have to do any specific settings.

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      IJ 8 years ago

      If you're downloading something from Live does the auto-off setting still work?

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      paulgc 8 years ago

      I have heard that it is possible to charge an xbox controlloer whilst the xbox is in standby mode, do you have any idea's how i can set this up.

      Great hub, thanks.

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      8 years ago

      Anyone know a way to adjust this setting and "auto-off" after a user specified time e.g. 1hr? (6hrs is far too long after I've fallen asleep :) ).