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I have an Xbox 360 with a broken dvd drive and a packed hdd. So now I want to buy a new one, to play disc games. But I figure "why not keep the old console also"?

So am I right in assuming the following?

  • What I need to do is transfer my profile (and any savegame files) to the new console with a usb stick.

  • I can then keep playing as [my account] on both consoles.

  • However, I cannot use them both at the same time.

  • There are no other drawbacks to this?

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From what I understand, there are ways to transfer/install new disc drives (both hdd and optical). Doing so would void your warranty... but you can find parts on ebay. Would this be an option? –  Clockwork-Muse Apr 30 '14 at 12:40
I thought on that for a while earlier, but decided it would probably end up costing a sizeable portion of the cost for a new console, and would end up sucking titanicly in case something else broke later on. –  Christofer Ohlsson May 1 '14 at 9:36

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I've regularly been using my Xbox Live account on 3 different consoles. If I remember correctly I didn't use a USB drive, instead I just retrieved the account from the magic of the internet. I'm not sure about what @TZHX means when they say that you'll have to re-download your account every time you switch, if he is right about that it's not something that you actually have to do, as the Xbox will do it for you. The only thing I've noticed is that when I sign on to a different console, a message pops up that says "This profile was last used on a different console."

The only downside that I can think of at the moment is that if you get achievements while offline on one console and go online with the second, those achievements may be lost. So all in all yes, you are correct it is possible and the Xbox makes it really easy for you.

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That sounds great. I usually don't ever play offline. But maybe if my son wants to play while I do, I can let him play his games offline and thus use both consoles at the same time? –  Christofer Ohlsson Apr 30 '14 at 12:29
If that's something that you want to do I would suggest making another account for your son. It's free, and he would probably love having his own. –  Telestia Apr 30 '14 at 12:33
I'd consider that. I'm not gonna pay for gold for another account though :) –  Christofer Ohlsson Apr 30 '14 at 13:19
Oh, you wouldn't need to. All of my Xboxes have had a "guest" account, you don't need to buy them gold. Plus I think you can set parental controls on it too. –  Telestia Apr 30 '14 at 13:26

I think you're largely correct -- the main thing I'd mention is that copying the profile to a new console, when you use it, it will invalidate the copy on the old console, forcing you to re-download (or "sync") it when you next connect to Xbox Live.

You can get around this by simply keeping your profile on a USB stick that you move between consoles with you.

As an additional note, having two consoles means having two power bricks, using up twice the amount of space under your TV and a second HDMI port and power outlet. If you use a Wireless controller it will mean re-syncing it each time you change between the two, if you use a wired controller it means unplugging it every time you switch.

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Thanks. I will want to keep one of them in my son's room, but moving controllers back and forth might become a problem. Having the profile on a usb stick sounds like a pain. But so does syncing. Am I right in understanding that every time I use the one I didn't use last time, I will have to do this? Does it take time? Are there risks involved? Does it require manual input? –  Christofer Ohlsson Apr 30 '14 at 8:55
You can download your profile to as many consoles as you want, wilk not invalidate the other profile. The old console will keep the games and such unless you re-register everything to the new console. All games you own will work with your profile online. Leaving everything on the broken console will ensure your son has games to play on it. Also, using media player you can share all your movies to his room if it's connected to the router. –  Brok3n Apr 30 '14 at 22:30

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