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Xbox One X Tips: Make the most of your new console

Written by  Nov 07, 2017
The Xbox One X is finally here, you have your shiny new box, but what do you have to do next?

If you're new to Xbox, or even if you've upgraded from an Xbox One S or original Xbox One, there are plenty of things you can check out to ensure you have the best setup possible.

Here is a useful list of tips and tricks to help you get used to the new Xbox One X.

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Xbox One X 1TB Console £449.99 amazon uk

How to transfer your files from Xbox One or Xbox One S to Xbox One X

If you already own an Xbox One or Xbox One S and have downloaded the Xbox Fall Update, you will notice a new section on the homescreen called "Get Ready for Xbox One X".

This will send you to a settings page that offers the chance to back up your settings onto an external hard drive, you can also pre-download all the 4K "enhanced" patches for your existing games and, from the same menu, even start an Xbox to Xbox network transfer of important files and games.

The best way to do it though is to attach an aforementioned USB 3.0 external drive - such as the Seagate Xbox Game Drive, available from Amazon.co.uk.

You can then transfer all your games onto the drive, along with the settings as above and just plug it into your Xbox One X once finisjed. That way your games will be instantly playable.


Check that you have the latest "enhanced" games patches

As the Xbox One X can play many games with enhanced graphics, frame rates, loading times or all three, you want to make sure your games are updated.

Firstly, check out our list of games that have either already been enhanced on launch or are still to received updates: Xbox One X enhanced games list.

You can also see which of your games have been enhanced by visiting My Games & Apps and, in the top right-hand corner, filter your installed games by "Xbox One X Enhanced Games". That way only the ones with One X patches will show up.

The same Xbox One S cables is fine

If you are upgrading from an Xbox One S to an Xbox One X, you can simply remove the One S and use exactly same cables for the new console.

If you are replacing an Xbox One, you will need to swap out the power cable as the older machine used an external power brick while the Xbox One X (and One S) have internal power units. It is best to ensure the HDMI cable is rated for HDMI 2.0 as that is capable of transmitting 4K 60Hz and HDR signals.

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Picture shows the Samsung UE49KS7000 an excellent 4K HDR TV.

Ensure you have HDR enabled on your TV

Although you can happily use the Xbox One X on a 1080p Full HD television, with the benefit of improved visuals still working - but not at the maximum resolution - you will definitely get the best performance from plugging it into a 4K HDR TV.

But even if you have a 4K HDR TV, you do need to ensure that HDR is enabled for the HDMI port you plan to use with the Xbox One X. Many TV manufacturers, for whatever reason, ship their HDR TVs with HDR disabled on each port.

You will find an option in your respective TV's settings (check your manual) to enable HDR. 

Enable Dolby Atmos

If you have a Dolby Atmos surround sound system or soundbar you will have to download an app to ensure that supported movies output the correct sound channels. Download the Dolby Access app and follow the installation instructions. 

If you want to experience Dolby Atmos through headphones, you'll need to pay a one-off fee of around £14. The app is free if you are just using connected Dolby Atmos speakers or amp.


Sign up for Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass

If you want to play online games you will need to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold. However, as well as giving you the ability to play against millions of other players over the internet, it also gives you free games each month. And they will be available to you as long as you continue to subscribe.

Xbox Live Gold costs £5.99 a month, £14.99 for three months, or £39.99 for a whole year if you pay up-front. You can find it at Amazon.co.uk offering a three-month subscription code for £13.85.

Xbox Live Gold members also get big discounts on games, rotated on a monthly basis. And during big sales period, such as Black Friday, deals are often much cheaper for subscribers.

Xbox Game Pass is another great way to get access to a stack of games for a relatively small monthly fee. If you are new to Xbox you might consider taking an Xbox Game Pass subscription as it offers more than 100 Xbox One, Xbox 360 and original Xbox games to download and play as often as you like. 

Xbox Game Pass costs £7.99 a month. There is also a 14-day trial period available for free.

Play your old Xbox 360 or original Xbox games

Like with the Xbox One and One S, the Xbox One X is compatible with an ever-growing list of backward compatible Xbox 360 and original Xbox games. If you have any on the official list you can pop the disc in the drive and play them as if they are on their original console format.

More than 400 backward compatible titles are also available to download through the Xbox Store.


Capture games footage in 4K HDR

As well as Microsoft's own Mixer service, which enables you to stream live footage of your gameplay over the internet for others to watch, you can also capture up to five minutes of gameplay through the Game DVR function. And it now captures in 4K HDR on the Xbox One X.

Footage shared on Xbox Live will be converted to 1080p automatically, but you can save the full resolution material onto an external drive for use elsewhere.

We hope you find these tips useful and they help you to enjoy your Xbox One X experience.

Also see: Xbox One X UK Review: Microsoft's 4K console for the die-hards

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