How to install the new Xbox X / S series.

How to install the new Xbox X S series

If you are in control to get your hands on the Xbox Series X - or, more likely, the S Series - it looks like you want to start playing. But you know how it goes; there is some work to be done before you can jump in. Here's what you need to do (and how to make it easier).

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Get started with the Xbox Mobile App

We’ve talked before about how useful the Xbox Mobile App is for Android and iOS once your console is set up, but you won’t want to wait to install it. It's also the easiest way to set up your new Xbox, as it allows you to set your Wi - Fi password on your phone instead with an administrator and continue customizing your preferences while the system downloads an update in the background.

When you first install your console, you will be given a 10-character code that you can insert into the mobile app to proceed with the installation. Once connected to Wi-Fi, the app walks you through selecting settings - such as power saving modes, instant signing, or remote features like playing games from your phone's console.

Add Accounts and Administrators

The initial configuration process will require you to sign in to a Microsoft account in order to purchase and download games. But if more than one person is going to use the console, you can make sharing easier by assigning accounts to each controller. Then, when someone wants to use the Xbox under their account, they can just pick up their controller and start playing. (Don't worry, you can change accounts manually if your controller dies and you have to borrow from someone else.)

To assign new accounts to your other controllers, press the Xbox button, head to Profile & system> Options> Tools & links> Accessories. Here you can see all the controllers packed by the system. Select the three-dot chart under the one you want to specify, select “Assigned to…”And log in to the Microsoft account of the person you want the administrator to belong to.

Sync from your old console

For the most part, it's easy to sync data to your new console. As long as you were logged into your Xbox account on your old console, your game save data should sync to the new one. You will also be able to download games in your library.

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However, it is possible for some data to not be transferred. Some games do not support cloud saving, and there is not much you can do. If you are losing data from a game, you can check to make sure the data was backed up on the old console by pressing the game, pressing the record button, and examine Manage game and add-ons. Plus, if you want to transfer game data from your older Xbox 360 for compatible back-to-back games, you can do that as well, though you have to manually enable it (and you'll need on Xbox Live Gold subscription).

Enable (and balance) 4K, HDR, and 120 Hz

The new generation of consoles are the beasts of devices that can handle 4K, HDR, and 120 Hz games, sometimes all at the same time. Most TVs that support these features should automatically detect them, but you can check and enable them at Profile & system> Options> General, if they did not.

However, depending on the games you play, you may want to consider picking and choosing which of these features to enable. For example, 4K and 120 frames per second can add large processing applications, and on games that support ray tracing, the problem only gets worse. Delaying one of these situations can improve the performance of others. While some games allow you to make this selection within the game itself, you can also set your preferences here if, say, 60 fps is enough for you.

Download your games (ASAP)

Once you settle in, you can find all the games you purchased in the My Games & Apps section of the console. But that's not all you find here. There are also links to find any games you have claimed through Xbox Live Gold, and games that you can download through Xbox Game Pass. If you have both subscriptions, you have the widest selection of titles, but it can also be very difficult to find everything you want to download.

It's worth starting as soon as you can as downloading takes time. You may even want to open the console before giving it a go. The most popular AAA games can be tens of gigabytes—Halo: Endless, for instance nearly 50 GB for both the multiplayer and the campaign - on their own. The last thing a person wants to do is spend their first day with the console waiting to download, so the sooner you can start, the better.

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