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Article ID: 927623

Article Last Modified on 4/25/2007


  • Microsoft XBox 360 Video Game System
  • Microsoft Xbox


This article describes how to play a system link game in Halo 2 on an original Xbox console and on an Xbox 360 console.


System link information

You can use system link play to connect two or more Xbox consoles or Xbox 360 consoles together to play a multiplayer match. The original Xbox console and the Xbox 360 console can each support up to 16 consoles for system link play.

When you use an Ethernet hub, you can have any one of the following 16-player combinations:

  • 16 players who are using 16 consoles (one player per console)
  • 16 players who are using eight consoles (two players per console)
  • 16 players who are using four consoles (four players per console)

Note You cannot connect an original Xbox console to an Xbox 360 console.

For more information about system link play, click the following article numbers to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

910583 Xbox 360: How to connect consoles together for system link play

818370 Xbox: How to set up a system link or multiplayer game, and determine which games support this feature

We recommend that you have an Xbox Live account so that you can obtain the latest auto-update for Halo 2. If one of the consoles does not have the latest auto-update, players who use that console may be unable to join a system link game.

Play a system link game

To play a system link game, follow these steps:

  1. On the Main screen, select System Link, and then press the A button.
  2. On the Choose Profile screen, press the A button.
  3. On the Available Game screen, select Create New Game or select a game that is already listed. Then press the A button.
  4. On the Pregame Lobby screen, select Start Game if you are the host. Or wait until the host starts the game.

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