Now you need to set up your Xbox One. It is a pretty simple process, but our Xbox One setup guide is here to make it even more simple. Here’s how to set up a new Xbox One. (Then buy some games: Best Xbox One games 2016/2017 | Best Xbox games.)
How to set up the Xbox One: Set up and plug in
Make sure you have access to and the details of a Wi-Fi network. You have a TV and the space for your Xbox.
Take everything out of the Xbox One box and place the console on a flat surface near the TV you are going to use. Make sure nothing is blocking the vents at the top of the Xbox, and that you are in reach of plug sockets.
Find the Xbox Kinect, and plug it into the back of your console. Remove the plastic film from the front of the Kinect, and remember to place the Kinect on a flat surface, too.
Now get your HDMI cable. Plug one end into the HDMI socket in the back of the Xbox One, and then the other into the back of the TV. Also, find the Xbox Controller and put the batteries in the back.
Plug the power cable into the power socket at the back of the Xbox One, and then plug the secondary cable into the power source. The other end will go into the plug in the wall.
Your Xbox is now set up and good to go, so we will concentrate on the digital set up. (See also: Xbox One vs Xbox 360 console comparison review.)
How to set up the Xbox One: Which Xbox do you have?
The next, critical issue is to ascertain exactly which Xbox One you have. It sounds simple and it is, but only if you know how. So check the box, do you have an original Xbox One, or the more recent Xbox One S? Once you know, follow the guide below. The only difference with the Xbox One S is that you won’t need to setup Kinect.
How to set up the Xbox One: Step-by-step Xbox One setup guide
This is the guide to setting up the original Xbox One. The only difference with the Xbox One S is that you won’t need to setup Kinect.
Once everything is in place, power up the system by placing your finger over the Xbox logo, either the one on the Xbox itself or the one on the controller.
If you powered on the Xbox from the button on the front of the console, you will be prompted to turn on the controller. To do this, just press the Xbox button in the middle of the controller.
You will see a close up image of the righthand side of the controller, and be prompted to hit the A button. Do so.
Now you will be prompted to select your language. Do that and the next step is to connect to the internet. When prompted, select ‘Add wireless network’, and the Xbox will scan for local networks. When it finds yours, select it and put in the password.
Alternatively you can connect a network cable to the back of the Xbox One and to your router, and select ‘Use wired connection’. Or manually add a wireless network. This requires you to you enter the SSID (network name), security type, and password. And if you don’t know what this means, don’t do it.
Once you are online you will be asked to select your location. Presuming you know what country you are in, this step should be simple.
Next the Xbox One will prompt you to download and install the latest system update. You need to do this to ensure that your Xbox has the latest, most secure software. Click Start update and the Xbox will do the rest. The download may take a while, and the system will need to restart so now is a good time to make a cup of tea. When you come back we need to add the Kinect and check audio.
At this point the Xbox will request that you select a time zone. Why it can’t do so based on your location is one of life’s great mysteries. Here in the UK by default it will automatically synch to local time. So just let it!
Now you will be prompted to set up the Kinect sensor. You don’t need it, and you can set it up later. But come one, you are in full set up mode now. Let’s do it. Choose Begin sensor setup. You will see an image on the screen and the Xbox will ask if you are in it.
If you can’t see yourself, you need to move the Kinect until you are in the picture. It’s basically common sense, but worth getting right at this stage. Once you are in the picture, select Yes, it can see me.
Checkin the audio is next. It’s simple, the Xbox does it for you. Just make sure the room is quiet and your audio is on at the right level.
Next you choose whether to go with the Instant-On option, or select Save Energy. We’d got for Instant-On as it prevents your Xbox One ever booting down and means you can get straight in and play after two seconds. But as the name suggests Save Energy will, well, save energy!
Finally, it’s time to sign in with your Microsoft account. If you already have an Xbox this will be simple. If you don’t, but have an Outlook or other Microsoft account just use those details. Or set up a new one.
Your Xbox One is set up and ready to go! (See also: Best Xbox One deals.)