Xbox 360 console sounds


I like audio. I like audio a lot. I also like to share audio that I think you may enjoy as well. In the past, I’ve posted the Crackdown Agility Orb sound and the Achievement Unlocked sound, and now I am sharing sounds that the new Xbox 360 makes when you turn it on or press the disc eject button.


Direct from the master audio files, I’ve created two versions of each. One is the MP3 version and the other is an iPhone friendly ring tone version.


Xbox 360 power  (.MP3)  (.M4R)  iPhone ringtone format


Xbox 360 tray     (.MP3)  (.M4R)  iPhone ringtone format


Let me know how you plan to use these, we’d love to know.


We are releasing these under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs license.


I am also working on getting clearance for posting the audio from the Xbox 360 Limited Edition Halo Reach console. Look for that next week.



  • Glenn ZA

    I currently use the Achievement Unlocked sound on my mobile as my Text message alert.

    These two new sounds are crystal clear. ❤
    Thank you for sharing this precious audio Major 😎


  • DaMENACElo37

    Sweet!! Thanks alot Major!! I love having my Blackberry make XBox sounds!! I use these sounds for twitter, facebook, text and email messages!! Looking forward to getting the XBox Halo Reach sounds so I can add those as well!! Thanks again!


  • dreampage

    I really don’t know why it was necessary to include these sounds in the console. When you open the tray it sounds like a microwave oven ready. Really cheap sounds and what’s more it’s really disturbing when you’d like to play in the evening, quietly. Isn’t there a way to disable these?


  • Vice Destroyer

    Major Nelson, in between moving in your power circles, can you grab Steve Jobs and tell him that in order to get forgiveness for releasing a phone that does not work when you hold it, to allow custom text message alerts? Go on? You have the clout to make him listen to you, I am sure 🙂


  • XLR8 Kev

    text message ringtone =D


  • Tahmer

    These noises sound really annoying and unnecessary. I sure hope they included an off switch for them. As well as for the Halo console.


  • WinterSnowblind

    Can’t wait for the Reach 360 with the Halo sounds. That’s pretty nifty.


  • SkidmrkSteve

    These are awesome, could you make them available in .wav format as well? Just easier to download from phone.


  • Quicksilver4648

    You know what would be awesome? If you could give your Xbox custom sounds. I have a few sound effects from my phone I wouldn’t mind using as my power-on sound.


  • JP93087

    I like the ‘ping’ when you open the disc tray as well as the chime when you turn it on.

    But being perfectly honest, I LOVE the fact that they’re not forced. If I turn on the console via controller, I am not making any annoying noises late at night, however if I wanted to use the ps3, I have no choice but to hear a loud ass BEEEP whenever you turn the console on. Ugh.

    So MS was definitely in the right frame of mind when designing this.


  • mccalejk

    Useless for the iphone since they’re not really good ringtones and you cannot customize your text message tone.


  • ElektroDragon

    Ho about giving us a unique Achievement sound or a unique Friend Online sound first? I’m sick of 5 years of thinking I got an Achievement when its just a friend!!!!


  • wolfzero01

    I don’t really like the new XBOX sounds, think I’ll stick with the Bioshock vending machine & Claptrap ones


  • Drop Dead Ken

    You can put these tones as your instant messgage if you jailbreak it I believe. I haven’t done it, but I have heard you can.


  • mrfusiononcar

    Right now they will be for txt, twitter, and facebook notifications. I use the Achievement ring tone for all that now I can use other xbox sounds for it all can’t wait for hte Halo and Crackdown sounds.



    @mccalejk Get a real phone perhaps? =)


  • JoeCool314


    omg i know the feeling! really pisses me, especially when working hard to get the achievement!! drives me insane!


  • MajinDustin

    Thanks Major! I really appreciate you doing stuff like this for us! I’ve downloaded all this audio clips you’ve posted 🙂



    Thanks Larry.. my use.. iPhone unlock and lock sound… via ummm a custom app that does this..Also REACH 360 will also be unlock and lock sounds too…


  • AutomaticOcelot

    Hm, interesting 8-bit callback to it. I dunno, I’m the guy that would disable my PC speaker once I put a sound card in it. But maybe I’m too attached to the whirrs and clicks of my 360 Classic. If the new one is as quiet as fabled, then some reaction to buttons is probably the right way to go.


  • CyberKnight

    Are they that ear-piercing in person? Maybe it’s just my laptop speakers, but those sound really shrill. I don’t think I like. 😦


  • robincognito

    To be honest, I really dislike the disc tray sound; it’s too shrill. I do, however, love the power sound, enough so that I will make the effort to touch the power button rather than hold the guide button on the controller lying beside me. Wow, that’s sad…


  • Gonzo345

    Nice! But i thought that was Xbox 360 intro sound 😦

    It would be nice to see in Windows, maybe 😉 (maybe next Windows? Who knows…)


  • mrfusiononcar

    can we get the sound of the transition of blades like backing out of a blade, you use it for your podcast when you do transition to interviews.


  • Transmission3k

    I just set the “Power On” sound for my new incoming email on my mobile. I use the Achievement Unlocked sound as incoming SMS.


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