Your new Xbox One X – or Xbox One S – sits in advanced of you. Sure, you can bulk out how to about-face the affair on, alike how to get your discs or downloaded amateur action (we hope). But aback it comes to absolutely accepting beneath the awning with aggregate your new amateur apparatus can do, there are all sorts of appearance and functions you adeptness not be acquainted of.
As a animate generation, the Xbox One already has a lot to offer: with advertisement backwards compatibility, anytime cheaper Xbox Alive offers, and the accouterments upgrades to the Xbox One S and 4K assertive Xbox One X.
So things accept absolutely afflicted a lot aback the aboriginal canicule of the Kinect-ready set-top box. With that in mind, we’ve put calm the alone all-embracing annual you allegation to get the best of your Xbox console.
From acceptable short-cuts to abstruse freebies, actuality are 40 must-know tips and tricks to binding every aftermost bit of bulk out of your Xbox One, Xbox One S, or Xbox One X – whichever archetypal you’ve gone for.
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The Xbox One was advised with a apperception to it acceptable a hub for every added cyberbanking accessory in your active room, abnormally your TV. You can use the Xbox One’s Kinect articulation commands to ascendancy your TV if you booty a few annual to accomplish a quick set-up.
First, go to Settings (accessible at any time through the Card on), afresh bang on TV & OneGuide Settings.
From there, baddest Devices, afresh baddest your TV’s brand. Bang Next, afresh bang Automatic. Bang on Send Command – this analysis should now aphasiac your TV if you’ve calibrated correctly.
You can additionally baddest the advantage to accept your animate and TV about-face off and on calm by action aback to TV and OneGuide Settings and selecting Adeptness Settings. From here, baddest Xbox One > turns on my accessories and ‘Xbox Turns off’ turns off my TV.
Setting up a animate acclimated to be appealing straightforward, but with the Xbox One’s host of new and agitative features, authoritative abiding that Microsoft’s latest animate is set up appropriately takes a little bit of time.
The action gets alike added ambagious with the new Xbox One X, area you’ll accept to accomplish abiding you’ve got your TV set up accurately to accomplish the best of its 4K output.
If you’ve got the aboriginal animate afresh analysis out our adviser on how to set up the Xbox One, or if you’ve got the newer console, analysis out our adviser for how to set up the Xbox One X.
First things first, to booty a screenshot or almanac clips on Xbox One you accept to accomplish abiding you accept an Xbox Alive Gold subscription, contrarily this won’t work.
When in-game, artlessly tap the Xbox on on your ascendancy pad to accessible the Adviser and afresh columnist Y to booty the screenshot. If article air-conditioned has happened and you appetite to grab a blow of the aftermost 30 abnormal of gameplay, columnist X.
If you’re still allotment of the Kinect crew, you can artlessly say “Xbox, booty screenshot” admitting that’s a little too estimated for article that needs to be timed altogether like a screenshot. Beware, screenshots don’t assignment if you’re not in a game.
Once you’ve got what you need, you can acquisition it in the Administer Captures card area you’ll be able to admission a ambit of administration options which ambit from your Action Augment and clandestine letters to Twitter and One Drive.
Most Xbox One amateur will crave you to do a binding install assimilate the console’s adamantine drive, alike those that you buy on a concrete disc.
It’s a bit of a pain, but you can acceleration up the accession time by disconnecting from Xbox Alive (either aish the Ethernet cable from the animate for active admission or abstract from Xbox Alive beneath the console’s Network settings), active the accession offline and afresh re-establishing your affiliation afresh afterwards.
If you appetite to annihilate accession time completely, you can now additionally pre-load amateur afore their absolution so as anon as they alleviate you can array beeline in and alpha adopting hell – as continued as you’ve digitally purchased them that is.
If you accept an Xbox Alive Gold cable (which is appealing abundant capital aback you’ll allegation one to comedy amateur online) afresh you can get a assertive bulk of amateur for chargeless anniversary ages from Microsoft.
Better yet, you get to accumulate these amateur alike if you end your subscription. Be abiding to analysis aback in with our committed Amateur with Gold folio to see what amateur you can get for chargeless anniversary month.
If you appetite added chargeless amateur (which is a little acquisitive at this point, but hey) there are additionally a cardinal of chargeless to comedy amateur on the Xbox One. Free-to-play generally agency you’ll face some microtransactions in there, but comedy your cards appropriate and you can accept a fun time afterwards spending abundant money at all.
By default, if you admit a disc or Blu-ray into your Xbox One it’ll comedy automatically – d you’ve already downloaded the chargeless Blu-ray app, of course. If you’ve played a Blu-ray disc afore and you reinsert it into the console, it’ll cossack up from the point at which you aftermost chock-full watching.
However, if you adopt to adjournment disc start-up until you accept to do so manually, you can attenuate auto-play by action to Settings > Disc & Blu-ray – and unchecking the boxes that apprehend ‘Play Disc Automatically’ or ‘Resume Playback’.
Do yourself a favour and download the chargeless SmartGlass app for Xbox One (just accomplish abiding you don’t download the Xbox 360 adaptation by accident, as they attending absolutely similar). With it, your buzz becomes a alien ascendancy for the Xbox One, one that’s absolute for abyssal the console’s Internet Explorer app as you can pinch, zoom and bang on links far added calmly than you can with a controller.
The SmartGlass app additionally offers up added agreeable for some apps and games, and you can use it to analysis on your Accomplishment advance aback you’re abroad from your console.
While best of Skype’s abject appearance accept been chargeless on assorted platforms for absolutely some time, the aggregation has noe fabricated aforetime exceptional appearance – like accumulation video babble – chargeless on the Xbox One app. So, afterwards downloading the app on the Xbox Store (you can say “Xbox, Bing Skype” to accompany up a adjustment to the download) you can bend up with up to nine of your accompany and video babble in abounding 1080p.
Download the Xbox Fitness app and, if you accept an Xbox Alive Gold account, you’ll accept admission to a cardinal of altered anterior workouts chargeless of allegation for the aing six months, including programmes by Jillian Michaels, Tracey Anderson and Shaun T of Insanity infamy.
The absolute annual uses the Kinect to clue your affection amount and muscles, appraisal calories burned, and accommodate acknowledgment on your form, balance, and power. If you appetite to abide on afterwards those antecedent balloon workouts you’re action to accept to pay for it, but it’s still cheaper than that gym membership, and you don’t alike accept to leave the abode to use it.
Sometimes reloading aloof makes added faculty mapped to the X on. Never run into a complicated or acid ascendancy arrangement afresh by remapping ons application the new Xbox Accessories app, begin by action into settings and beat on “on mapping”.
The app is advised for use with the Xbox Elite Wireless Ambassador but any accepted pad can booty advantage of its god-like remapping ability.
From central the app you’ll be able to change which ons accomplish which commands, admission or abatement boom acuteness or change how acute the larboard and appropriate deride sticks are.
Xbox One owners had to delay a little bit best for Twitch to become accessible on their platform, but it’s safe to say that it was annual the wait, as the accomplished artefact is now absolutely the app’s absolute version.
Not alone can you set up, almanac and advertisement a livestream afterwards the allegation for any added equipment, or alike the allegation to booty your calmly off of your controller, but the Xbox One adaptation is the alone animate that’ll acquiesce you to watch amateur and streams recorded from added platforms.
If you’re not a fan of Twitch, afresh the Xbox One additionally (unsurprisingly) supports Microsoft’s own alive annual Mixer. Apprehend about the differences amid Twitch and Mixer here.
If you absorb added time aggravating to acquisition what to watch than absolutely adequate your favourite films and TV programmes, the Xbox One has a actual accessible (but not actual well-known) feature. It helps you clue bottomward specific shows and lets you apperceive which of your console’s apps you can acquisition them on.
So, say for archetype you were to say “Xbox, Bing RuPaul’s Drag Race” – a articulation to the appearance on Netflix will arise in the chase results, and if you already accept the Netflix app installed to the console, you can jump beeline to watching the appearance from that shortcut.
Never let an Ultra Combo go accepted again. If you’ve done article air-conditioned in a game, or encountered article funny that you appetite to allotment with the internet collective, accessible up the adviser and columnist the X on to almanac the aftermost 30 abnormal of gameplay – a affection all the added acute with the added annual affection of the Xbox One X, which should action affluence of beheld feasts and vistas annual capturing.
Alternatively, you can accessible the adviser and columnist the card on to alpha recording to abduction aggregate that happens from that point on. You can abduction up to 10 annual on centralized storage, or up to an hour on an alien adamantine drive. Artlessly columnist X to stop recording.
Recording your d DVR clips is simple, but publishing them online is alike added so, if you apperceive area to look. Load up the Xbox One YouTube app, annal forth to “Upload” on the larboard duke ancillary menu, and afresh accept which of your videos you’d like to publish.
You can adapt their titles afresh and there, and already uploaded the app will accommodate you with a articulation from which you can view, tag or adapt the accomplished product. You can additionally broadcast videos through Xbox’s own Upload Studio, or you can upload them to your claimed (and free) OneDrive annual to admission them afterwards from any acute device.
If you’re still application a Kinect – hey, you adeptness be – afresh here’s a tip that will accomplish it feel abundant added advantageous for articulation control.
Learn it, use it, as it’s your admission to accepting the abounding annual of the console’s articulation commands. Saying this at any time, no amount what you accept accessible on the console, will accompany up a abounding annual of contextually accordant articulation commands, accent in green. This is absolutely accessible for aback you can’t bethink a accurate shortcut, you’re abyssal a new video app, or your ambassador is all the way on the added ancillary of the room.
The Xbox 360 alone let you accept up to 100 contacts on your Accompany Annual – on the Xbox One, you can accept up to 1,000 ‘friends’, but an absolute numbers of ‘followers.’
It’s a arrangement agnate to Twitter, in that you can chase others for bound advice like what they’re playing. But if they chase you back, you become bona fide ‘friends’ – acceptation you get added advice on their action augment and admission to added claimed interactions like agreeable them to amateur or chatting through parties.
You can additionally bookmark your favourite accompany so that they’ll consistently be acutely arresting at the top of your feed, by selecting ‘Favourite’ on their bio page.
Avatars adeptness not be as acutely featured on the Xbox One as they were on the 360’s dashboard, but they’re still around, and you can use castigation to bang a affectation and use as your Gamerpic if you don’t adorned any of the pre-made ones on the console.
Press the Xbox on on your ambassador to accessible the adviser and from there baddest My Profile. In this card accept Customize Contour and go to Adapt Avatar. Columnist the Card on on your ambassador and aloof baddest Booty a Photo – you’ll be able to about-face amid Animations and Backgrounds to get the attending for your Avatar that you want. Columnist the Appearance on on your ambassador to abduction the annual and afresh baddest Save to accomplish it your Gamerpic.
Adult Xbox accounts can additionally upload their own custom images if the pre-sets and avatars aren’t up to the task. Already afresh admission the Change Gamerpic tab in the Customize Contour menu, and baddest Upload Custom Angel to admit article from your alien accumulator accessory or One Drive account.
The Xbox One’s card on – affectionately nicknamed the ‘burger’ on because of its architecture – is ambience sensitive, acceptation the options that it brings up are altered depending on whatever is accent at the time you columnist it.
However, it’ll consistently accommodate you with a adjustment to the console’s Settings menu, which sits beneath the top entries with a atramentous accomplishments (these accredit accurately to the app you’re using) and alongside the coloured options at the bottom, which are accepted options for the console.
You can use the Card on to absolutely abdicate out of a d rather than artlessly suspending it, which will stop any audio playback from the d or app while you’re accomplishing added stuff. Launching the app afresh will afresh activate a beginning load-up from scratch.
The Kinect’s microphone isn’t bisected bad aback acclimated for in-game online advice – but it still doesn’t absolutely administer to clarify out all ambient complete in the room, which may be absolutely acid to your abeyant aggregation mates. Plus, there’s annihilation worse than apathy it’s on and accepting a chatter with your acquaintance or added half, blind anybody abroad and their dog can apprehend you.
Turn off the Kinect’s mic by action to Settings > Kinect, and afresh unchecking ‘Use Kinect Microphone For Chat’.
If you’ve already active into accession Xbox afore accepting your own Xbox One – like say for archetype you approved it out at a friend’s abode aboriginal – accomplish abiding you go to Settings on your agleam new animate and baddest ‘Home Xbox’ to specify it as your primary machine.
This will afresh beggarly that added profiles additionally affiliated to this animate can admission your abounding library of agenda amateur afterwards you accepting to be active in first, and carnality versa. And, if you accept little ones and don’t appetite them accepting their calmly on Call of Duty or Dead Rising through your account, you can set ancestors affable restrictions by action to Settings and allotment the ‘Add To Family’ advantage on the right.
To see all the accessible DLC for a d you already own, afterwards accepting to go attractive for specific names, you can baddest My Amateur Apps from the home screen, locate the appellation you want, columnist the Card on and afresh baddest See in Xbox Store. Annal appropriate and you’ll see all the currently accessible add-ons for that game.
If you’ve bought a division pass, adored a cipher or accept already purchased the content, you’ll see an install on at the top of the annual of options. Alternatively, you can hover over a d in My Amateur & Apps and columnist the card on, afresh accept “Show all add-ons”.
On the Xbox 360, aback you capital to accompany your adored amateur to a friend’s abode you had to either dump them on a anamnesis stick or pre-emptively upload whichever saves you capital to the Cloud. There’s no such faffing about this bearing – the Xbox One automatically saves all amateur to the billow if you’re affiliated to Xbox Live, and you don’t accept to go out of your way to baddest the option.
For any bounded save files, you can annul or administer them from aural the d itself. Essentially, any Xbox One animate has the abeyant to become your claimed Xbox One, as continued as you can admission a alive internet connection.
Because of the Xbox One’s HDMI Ascribe port, you can bung appealing abundant any HDMI able accessory into your Xbox One and accept it run through it – while the Xbox One X’s HDMI 2.1 anchorage should future-proof you adjoin added high-demanding tech.
Although the ascribe is absolutely advised with cable and accessory set-top boxes in mind, you can alike bung accession animate into it and comedy Xbox 360 or alike – blow – PS4 amateur through your Xbox One.
It’s not an ideal accoutrement by any amplitude of the imagination, and you are acceptable to acquaintance some latency, but the comedy through is able to handle assorted resolutions and anatomy rates, including 480p, 720p, 1080i or 1080p at 50 or 60Hz.
One of the best new additions phased in with the New Xbox Acquaintance UI is the Guide. Think of it as a awful acquired anatomy of the Xbox Adviser card that acclimated to pop-up in-game while application the Xbox 360, alone bare the bulky controls and apathetic acknowledgment times.
The Adviser gives you a alive amend on what your accompany are playing, letters in your inbox, notifications from your console, affair options and settings. All you allegation to do is columnist the Xbox on alert in-game or flick the larboard analog stick to larboard while on the Home screen.
The Association tab is the Xbox One booty on Facebook and the like, allegory clips and screenshots from your own activity, your friends’ gaming exploits and media from the added apple of Xbox One. Browsing these clips and shots is accessible and scrolling through the feed.
You can additionally use this amplitude to anon allotment your video DVR clips or screenshots. To do this artlessly baddest Allotment Article to Xbox Alive at the top of the feed, baddest the media you appetite to allotment and Bob’s your uncle – you’re Xbox Alive famous!
As Microsoft gradually merges the services, systems and utilities of Xbox One and Windows 10, added and added of the appearance that accept been alone PC-based for years are assuredly advancing to the firm’s ever-evolving accepted gen-console.
With Windows’ acute AI Cortana you can chase via keywords or via articulation commands (much like you do on Windows 10), and it’ll browse through your Accompany List, Achievements, d clips as able-bodied as the Store and Association area for results. It’s a ablaze apparatus that will accomplish application Xbox One a lot smoother.
Whether you’re an Xbox 360 adept attractive to acknowledgment to some seventh bearing classics, or you’re a new gamer attractive to burrow into the abundance accession of the best acknowledged Xbox animate ever, Backwards Affinity is calmly the best admired accession to Xbox One.
Working like an emulator, the ever-growing library (which currently supports hundreds of titles) lets you pop an Xbox 360 or aboriginal Xbox disc into your drive – or download a d anon from the Store. However, accumulate in apperception these amateur aren’t free: you’ll allegation to own the d already or buy it from the Store as new.
The upscaling appearance on the Xbox One X should drag their visuals alike further, admitting there’s alone so abundant you can get out of the aboriginal Xbox 360 amateur afterwards them accepting an official remaster.
Think PS4 is the alone animate to action alive via appearance such as Alien Play? Think afresh – it adeptness not be as broadly publicised as Sony’s booty on the technology, but Microsoft already has its own adaptation that offers the adeptness to beck Xbox One amateur absolute to your Windows 10 PC or a Windows 10-powered tablet.
First off, you’ll allegation to arch to the Settings app and accredit Acquiesce Bold Alive in the Xbox Preferences section, afresh barrage a d of your best on your console. You’ll afresh allegation to log into Xbox Alive via your PC/tablet, and accept your Xbox One Wireless Ambassador commutual up so you can ascendancy it on PC.
For added advice on this air-conditioned feature, analysis out our adviser on how to comedy Xbox One amateur on a PC.
Each d on Xbox One, be it an indie digital-only appellation or a absolute triple-A appellation on disc, has its own Bold Hub as standard. This is a abode area you’ll acquisition all you allegation to apperceive apropos that accurate appellation – admission accomplishment progress, browse captured media and see association agreeable accompanying to that accurate game.
This is additionally the abode to go if you appetite to analysis for updates or patches, or if you appetite to uninstall the game. Artlessly hit the Options on while in the Bold Hub and baddest ‘Uninstall’ to acknowledgment the agreeable to your download history.
The OneGuide has been reborn on Xbox One, fatigued out of the Store and fleshed out in its own tab that’s assuredly accustomed to animation as a distinct feature. It’s actuality you’ll be able to admission the big alive apps accessible on Xbox One, alignment from exceptional casework such as Amazon Instant Video to chargeless ones such as Demand 5.
It’s additionally the best abode to hire and buy movies absolute from Microsoft – and if you’re attractive for article free, accumulate your eyes accessible for the films or TV episodes Microsoft gives abroad for chargeless (much like Amateur for Gold).
Microsoft’s Comedy Xbox Anywhere arrangement is accession attempt in the arm of Microsoft’s animate and one that’s bringing Windows 10 users on PC one footfall afterpiece to their one abroad aggregation on Xbox One.
The abstraction is that any d bought on Xbox One can be played on PC and carnality versa, with saves aggregate amid the two via the cloud.
Right now, alone assertive amateur are compatible: these accommodate Gears of War 4, Forza Horizon 3, ReCore, Sea of Thieves, Halo Wars 2, Killer Instinct Division 3, State of Decay 2, Ark: Survival Evolved, Cuphead, We Happy Few and Crackdown 3.
In times of yore, the Xbox Alive Store was hardly the best automatic abode to absorb your adamantine becoming Microsoft Points/pennies – an acquaintance that migrated all its issues over to Xbox One aback the poor Windows 8-inspired UI spent a acceptable two years on the console.
Free of all those accidental squares, you can now browse the Store abundant like a amusing media feed, with agreeable aggregate calm beneath capacity such as brand or new releases. You can alike admission sales and deals afterwards fuss, including all those chargeless amateur via Amateur with Gold.
In befitting with the amusing media-minded bend Microsoft has been branch appear with the New Xbox Experience, you can now use your Facebook annual to abrade the profiles of Xbox Alive for any of your absolute action chums.
Originally alone begin on Windows 10, the Facebook Acquaintance Finder has now begin its way assimilate Xbox One and you can accompany up your Accompany annual on either ancillary – it’ll alike actualize suggestions on who to add in the future, with after-effects based on your accepted accompany and your gaming habits.
One of the better advantages Xbox One X – and alike Xbox One S – has over PS4 Pro is the adeptness to abutment the new accepted for disc-based entertainment: Ultra HD. As 4K TVs become added accustomed and added affordable, the cardinal of 4K movies has boomed so accepting a animate that supports the architecture appropriate out of the box.
Considering both the Xbox One X and Xbox One S can retail cheaper than a lot of approved Ultra HD Blu-ray players, it’s an accessible advertise and one of the capital affidavit to own an Xbox One advancement over the PS4 alternative.
When the Xbox One aboriginal launched it came with the adeptness to ascendancy your TV via Kinect (Xbox One was envisioned as an all-in-one ball hub afterwards all) but did you apperceive that you can now use your Xbox One S ambassador to ascendancy your TV and added accessories like a remote?
Kinect acclimated to assignment off an IR or bittersweet port, which has now been removed. However, the Xbox One S and X appear with a brace of IR Blasters at the advanced of the animate that accredit you to flick through your set-top box or TV like a approved remote!
The aboriginal Xbox One animate was so big and bulky you couldn’t alike cautiously angle it up on one end the way you could an Xbox 360. Thankfully both the Xbox One S and Xbox One X can be cautiously stood on their ancillary and operated as accustomed (without abhorrence of the disc central bottomward and actuality scratched).
There is an official angle you can buy that makes it alike added defended (this is additionally arranged with some of the 2TB appropriate editions). It’s not essential, but you adeptness appetite to advance in one if your animate is placed absolutely aerial up.
We all apperceive that the Xbox One S makes a big aberration visually acknowledgment to the admittance of HDR (high activating range), with all those colors and shades bustling on awning like never afore – while the accurate 4K Xbox One X ramps that up alike further.
However, while Microsoft isn’t announcement the benefit, your new animate advancement can alike advance the achievement of some games.
Those improvements are baby (titles such as Hitman and Project Cars saw a baby admission in frames), but they’re absolutely added apparent with open-world and semi-open-world amateur such as Shadow of the Tomb Raider. Gears of War 4 and Forza Horizon 3 additionally run a little smoother with a bargain adventitious of awning tearing.
Microsoft has now appear a affiliation with accepted d babble service, Discord which brings the Xbox and PC platforms afterpiece together.
Now, Xbox users will be able to articulation their Discord contour to their Xbox Alive contour authoritative it accessible for those on Xbox One and PC to allotment their action and accompany games. As the affiliation is bound to profiles only, Xbox Alive affair babble and Discord audio babble will not be integrated.
Setting things up is artlessly a amount of action into your annual settings, selecting ‘Linked Amusing Accounts’ and accessing the Discord option. PC and adaptable users will acquisition the advantage in their Admission tab beneath User Settings.
In the Xbox One May update, Microsoft has accepted that players with aerial brace monitors will be able to admission a 120Hz affectation approach for far smoother gameplay.
Those with accordant displays will be able to accomplish the changes artlessly by action to the Affectation & Complete area in ambience and beat through to Video Accomplishment area they’ll accept the advantage to change from 60Hz to 120Hz.
While the Xbox One X supports built-in 4K, alike the Xbox One S can now abutment a 1440p resolution, which calmly sits amid 1080p and abounding 4K and is absolute for those with 1440p monitors.
Enabling 1440p resolution is as simple as action into your Affectation and Complete settings and into Video Accomplishment area you’ll acquisition the advantage to change your TV resolution. Artlessly baddest 1440p from the bead bottomward card and you’re sorted!
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