I'm talking about in a situation where the XBOX 360 is used in a Windows Media Center Extender situation. In this case the volume can only be controlled through the TV volume so a universal remote is required. I bought the Dell remote after finding out that it had standard Windows Media Center remote codes, but didn't consider the universal remote aspect needed for volume.. To replace the Dell remote, I was weighing my options, between a lower-end harmony remote and XBOX 360 universal remote.
Just tested out the Harmony 200 that was linked for $10.
It is a great little remote with a web programming of the remote and it's buttons. I got this for my parents and am setting it up before I am getting it to them.
I am trying it out with my tv.
So it looks like you will be able to do what you are asking with the XBOX 360.
You will enter your devices first, eg TV, Xbox. Each of these devices is given an assignament to the three buttons at the top of the remote. TV, CABLE, AND DVD.
The software placed my HTPC(XBOX) under the DVD button settings.
Then you will program the buttons. The interface shows a picture of your button and you click on the button you want to change. In you case it would be the volume button. When you hover over the Volume button on there is a pop up asking would you like to setup what controls the volume. In my case I changed the setting from HTPC to my TV.
Now when I am in HTPC(XBOX) mode and I change the volume it doesn't do it th HTPC but the volume on the TV.
Also there is a button (WATCH TV) that can do a simple task. I programmed it to turn on the TV, switch to HDMI1, and turn on HTPC(XBOX).
Another great feature is it has a Learning feature from another remote which is great!
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