How to Set Up Your Xbox Series X/S
Tutorial Name: How to Set Up Your Xbox Series X/S
Category: Xbox Series X/S Tutorials
Submitted By: Sean
Related Forum: Xbox Forum
Setting up the Xbox Series X is made simple with a short series of steps - so long as you have a smartphone. Below are several steps you should do to ensure a smooth setup experience, including a review of what's included during the set-up with the Xbox App.
Set-up with Xbox App
Before you even power up your Xbox Series X|S, it's worth downloading the Xbox app to your smartphone. This app will make the set-up of your new console a little less fiddly, as it allows you to input your Microsoft account details with a proper keyboard and then remotely set your profile up.
With the app downloaded and installed, boot up your Xbox and then follow the on-screen prompts. You'll be given a code to synchronize your smartphone and console, and then the system will walk you through set-up. The set-up includes:
Confirm language and location
Update the console
Sign-in and security preferences
Data sharing preferences
Copy system settings (or start fresh)
Make sure you're using the HDMI cable included with the Xbox Series X or another Ultra High Speed HDMI that's compatible with HDMI 2.1 to ensure you're getting the highest quality resolution and framerate. If your TV or monitor does not have an HDMI 2.1, then it may not be able to display 4k/120hz.
If you are having issues with the app, you can use the Xbox controller and continue setting up the console on your display.
Use screen calibration / HDR calibration
This new console generation is putting a lot of power into 4K visuals, and so it's worth precisely calibrating your TV and new console to make the most of that. The Xbox Series X|S handily comes with a set of tools to help you do this.
Firstly, you should calibrate your TV. To do this, go into the Xbox settings menu, which can be accessed from the Guide's 'Profile & System' menu. There go to General, then to TV & display options. In the Setup column is an option called 'Calibrate TV'. This will start a step-by-step guide which will tell you which picture settings to adjust with your TV's setting menus.
If your TV supports HDR, then the Xbox also includes a calibration app for setting this up. From the Dashboard, go to 'My games & apps' and find 'HDR Game Calibration' in the app section. This is another step-by-step guide, although you'll be adjusting the Xbox itself instead of your TV this time. Using both TV and HDR calibration tools will help you get the best visual results out of your new console.
Set up a Network Transfer
If you have an Xbox One already, you can set up a Network Transfer to send all your games from your old console to your new Xbox Series X|S, rather than re-downloading them all onto the new system.
To do this, you'll need to connect both consoles to your home network. Then, on your Xbox One, open the 'My games & apps' menu, and then scroll down to the 'manage' option. Here you'll find the option to set up a Network transfer, which will let other consoles copy games and apps from this system.
Alternatively, if you don't want to use Network Transfer, you can move all your current Xbox One games onto an external hard drive and transfer them to your new console manually. To move a game to external storage, find the game you want to move in your library, and press the menu button on your controller. Select the 'Manage game and add-ons' option, and from here you can move or copy the game to your external storage. Your Xbox One generation and earlier games can now be played from this external storage if you'd like, or transferred to your new console's internal storage to make the most of the new speedy SSD.
Smart Delivery Your Xbox One Games
Okay, so this isn't exactly something you can do personally. Smart Delivery will upgrade your compatible games to next-gen versions automatically, so you don't have to touch a thing. But, with your Xbox Series X|S now turned on, it's worth jumping into a game that's been upgraded by Smart Delivery to see the enhancements your new console can provide.
Games like Gears 5 and Forza Horizon 4 have been optimised for next-gen ready for launch, so booting those games up on Xbox Series X|S will provide you with a better experience than you had on Xbox One. Similarly, if you were half way through Watch Dogs Legion on your last-gen console, playing on Xbox Series X|S will provide you with the enhanced, next-gen version. You should hopefully feel the difference straight away.
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