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2 Xboxs in home, 2 live accounts needed?

post #1 of 25
Thread Starter 
I may end up with 2 xboxs in my home...

One would be
1) gaming
2) netflix / hulu
3) media extender

The second one would possibly be

1) netflix / hulu

Do I need two separate xbox live accounts to make this work?

What happens if I have a single live account and both xboxes are powered on at the same time?

Obviously all this is based on the fact that Msoft requires a live account for netflix/hulu. I have no problem with a live account, but hope I don't need two.
post #2 of 25
Not necessary. You can migrate your profile from one xbox to another. I use a usb stick to move my profile between my 2 xbox...much quicker than migrating profile.

However, if you need to be on xbl on both system simultaneously then you will need 2 xbl accounts.
post #3 of 25
Once you've downloaded the profile to both systems, switching is just a matter of entering your email/password. Or you can even save your email/password to the system and booting up one Xbox which will kick the person off the first Xbox. Faster than carrying around on a flash drive.
post #4 of 25
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Originally Posted by onlysublime View Post

Once you've downloaded the profile to both systems, switching is just a matter of entering your email/password. Or you can even save your email/password to the system and booting up one Xbox which will kick the person off the first Xbox. Faster than carrying around on a flash drive.

This is unknown to me since I have never seen the option to download profile without migrating it. Actually, flash drive is much quicker than typing out email and password with an xbox controller.

I have a 1gb flash drive that has my profile only and when I want to play on my second xbox i simply unplug the the flash drive from one xbox and plug into the second one and sign on. I don't have to go to dashboard, sign on and then start the game.
post #5 of 25
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Originally Posted by MadMyers View Post

I may end up with 2 xboxs in my home...
...

What happens if I have a single live account and both xboxes are powered on at the same time?

Obviously all this is based on the fact that Msoft requires a live account for netflix/hulu. I have no problem with a live account, but hope I don't need two.

... Altan

If you want both X360 to be on Live, then you must have two Gamertags accounts because if the 2nd X360 login to Live with the same Gamertag that is already logon to Live on 1st X360, it will disconnect 1st X360 from Live.

With the new dashboard (latest update), you can have the same Gamertag on both X360 easier. On the screen where you see the Gamertag(s) listed, scroll to the right and recover your Gamertag. Enter your email, etc and it lets you have multiple copies of same Gamertag.

If your Gamertag is newly created, it gives you 1 month of free Gold Live. One of the feature of Gold Live is Cloud Storage that lets you store your game saves online. You can go to your other X360, login with the same Gamertag, and you can access to the same game saves from the other X360.

Hint: Each X360 console allows first 5 Gamertags created to get 1 month of free Gold Live each. If you have two X360 consoles, you can create 10 Gamertags with 1 month of Gold Live each. Just know that game saves created by each Gamertag is not accessible by other Gamertag. Reason is to prevent one Gamertag person that does all the work and other Gamertags get the game process for free.
post #6 of 25
Just use "Cloud" you can access profiles, game saves, whatever you want from either xbox. Not both at once though...
post #7 of 25
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Originally Posted by signmastr View Post

Just use "Cloud" you can access profiles, game saves, whatever you want from either xbox. Not both at once though...

Gamertag profile is not stored in Cloud nor it can. You still use the same traditional process of restoring Gamertag onto another X360.

Cloud Storage will only allow to store game saves, nothing else.
post #8 of 25
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Originally Posted by jitu View Post

This is unknown to me since I have never seen the option to download profile without migrating it. Actually, flash drive is much quicker than typing out email and password with an xbox controller.

On the 2nd console, hit the Guide button and "Log Out" of your profile. After you do that you will see something like Download Profile (or Gamertag?). Click that and it will ask for your Windows Live e-mail/password. Enter those for the 1st consoles Gamertag and it will download your info onto the 2nd console.

You probably have your console set to auto log into a particular profile. When you want to use the original Gamertag, just hit the guide button and log out. Then you will have the option to choose which Gamertag you want to log in on that particular console.
post #9 of 25
I have two xboxes - with the latest dashboard update, using a gamertag on the two is transparent - no need to recover gamertag anymore. And I can play on one, while my son plays on the other (he has his own gamertag / Live account).
post #10 of 25
Yeah, what Brad said. We have 3 Xboxes in the house, and I can log into any of them. If I use a different one than the one I was last signed into, it tells me at signon that I was last signed into a different console. But that's it. No entering emails or passwords anymore.

Although, as noted above, you can only be signed into one console at a time with any single gamertag. So if you want to stream from two consoles at the same time, you'll need two accounts. Check out the family account -- 4 gamertags for $100/year.
post #11 of 25
+1. I have 3 consoles and I can be logged on one console, go to another console and I'll automatically be logged off the previous console and logged into the newest console. No more transporting a thumb drive back and forth.
post #12 of 25
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Originally Posted by MadMyers View Post


What happens if I have a single live account and both xboxes are powered on at the same time?

I have 1 account and 2 Xboxes... With the new update this works like a charm. Once I entered the MS Live account email and password on both and select Save Password, every time I turn on either console it automatically logs my GamerTag in.

In the rare event I turn both Xboxes on at the same time, it logs me out of the one turned on first and logs in the 2nd.

MS did a great job with this - I love that I don't have to move accounts on a USB Thumbstick anymore!
post #13 of 25
Thread Starter 
Thanks to all! Very useful info.

Unfortunately, since a different family member may want to use Netflix on one while I'm gaming on the other, it looks like 2 live accounts are needed.
post #14 of 25
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Originally Posted by MadMyers View Post

Thanks to all! Very useful info.

Unfortunately, since a different family member may want to use Netflix on one while I'm gaming on the other, it looks like 2 live accounts are needed.

... Altan

unless both members game online, i'd take the $60 from subscription #2 and buy a roku/appletv instead.
post #15 of 25
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Originally Posted by formulanerd View Post

unless both members game online, i'd take the $60 from subscription #2 and buy a roku/appletv instead.

If you only have one Gamertag with Gold Live, you can still play online multiplayer on the same console. To do this, other players connect to the Gold Live Gamertag as "secondary" player. At least this way, you don't need to pay Gold Live for multiple Gamertags as long each player are willing to share the console while playing online multiplayer.
post #16 of 25
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Originally Posted by Vortex3D View Post

If you only have one Gamertag with Gold Live, you can still play online multiplayer on the same console. To do this, other players connect to the Gold Live Gamertag as "secondary" player. At least this way, you don't need to pay Gold Live for multiple Gamertags as long each player are willing to share the console while playing online multiplayer.

yea, I meant both gamers online on different xboxen.

if the sole reason for getting live on a second account is netflix, don't bother.
post #17 of 25
have 2 sons...2 xboxs..and one gold live account...they want to play each one online at same time on each xboxs...should i have 2 live gold accounts?
post #18 of 25
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Originally Posted by krags View Post

have 2 sons...2 xboxs..and one gold live account...they want to play each one online at same time on each xboxs...should i have 2 live gold accounts?

Yes.

Gold accounts are required for online play, and an account can only be online on one machine at a time.
post #19 of 25
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Originally Posted by krags View Post

have 2 sons...2 xboxs..and one gold live account...they want to play each one online at same time on each xboxs...should i have 2 live gold accounts?

if you want to go cheap, a lot of games allow guest accounts to play online but there would only be one official gamertag and they'd have to play on the same console at the same time.
post #20 of 25
XBL is regularly priced at $35-40. I haven't spent more than $35 per 12 months in the past 3 years. In fact, you can create a family account with 2 XBL 12 month codes/cards and continue to replenish it for $70-80 per year; vs $100 that MS charges. (This is good IF you want/need 4 XBL accounts).
post #21 of 25
We currently have 1 Xbox slim console and each of my kids has an Xbox Live Gold account. I am thinking of buying a 2nd console to put in the basement then they can each play different games and not fight over the one system.

Would they be limited to whichever console they use with their account? Or, while of course just one at a time per console, can for instance my son login and play upstairs and then login and play in the basement later that day (while requiring to bring the game disc along of course). Thanks!
post #22 of 25
Yes. Just load the gamer accounts on each one. Use the cloud to keep their individual achiements progress or install on a flash drive.
post #23 of 25
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Originally Posted by CrowSS View Post

XBL is regularly priced at $35-40. I haven't spent more than $35 per 12 months in the past 3 years. In fact, you can create a family account with 2 XBL 12 month codes/cards and continue to replenish it for $70-80 per year; vs $100 that MS charges. (This is good IF you want/need 4 XBL accounts).

How do you do this? We are getting the 2nd console for Christmas and will need two live accounts.
Thanks!
post #24 of 25
post #25 of 25
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Here's the relevant part:
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Q: I am currently an Xbox LIVE Gold member. If I have time remaining on my current subscription, do I receive a discount on an Xbox LIVE Gold Family Pack?

A: We will give existing Xbox LIVE Gold members a prorated discount on the purchase of a Family Pack. For each month remaining on your current Xbox LIVE Gold subscription, we will reduce the purchase price of a Family Pack by $5. For example, if you have six months of your Gold subscription remaining, you qualify for a $30 discount and will only be charged $69.99 at the time of purchase. If you have 20 months or more of your current Xbox LIVE Gold subscription remaining, you can upgrade to an Xbox LIVE Gold Family Pack for free. You will not receive a refund for any remaining subscription time in excess of 20 months.

So create/use your current GT and add 2 12 month XBL cards to it. Buy.com has it on sale quite often via their ebay account for $35/12 months. So for $70 you now have 24 months which can be converted to a family account for no extra cost. This will give you 3 more XBL accounts under your original GT. Keep one account "open" and when needed, add 12 month cards to a "new" account not connected to your family account. Then add this "new" account to your family and you will receive 1/2 the months of XBL on that account for all members in the family. So if you add 24 months again at $70, you now have 12 months for all 4 accounts. Near the end of the 12 months, remove the account added earlier and repeat as needed.
Edited by CrowSS - 11/6/12 at 2:18pm
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