1. Get Online:
Having an Xbox Live Gold account is essential if you want to play online with your mates on the Xbox One, but it’s also worth paying the annual £39.99 fee just to get access to your four free games a month.
And we’re not talking about rubbish titles. In the past they’ve given away Tomb Raider, Bioshock Infinite, Gears of War Judgement. The list goes on and on top of this you’ll also be able to save up to 50-70% on games, add-ons, and more as well.
If you want to try it out first you should have a 14-day trial code included in the Xbox One package. To redeem it, simply follow these steps:
Step 1: Go to the Xbox Store and under ‘categories’ select ‘games’
Step 2: Next, select ‘use a code’
Step 3: From there, enter your 25-character code
2. Speed up game installs:
Most Xbox One games will require a mandatory install onto the console’s hard drive. Yes, even those games that you buy on a physical disc.
It can be a bit of a pain, but there is thankfully a way of speeding the installation process with one very simple step.
All you need to do is disconnect the console from Xbox Live – either by removing the Ethernet cable from the console or disconnecting from Xbox Live under the console’s Network settings.
Now when you run a installation it’ll take a matter of minutes rather than hours.
3. Set up the TV:
Did you know you can connect your existing set-top box to your Xbox One so you can watch live TV through your console without changing the TV input?
Here’s how you do it:
Step one: Connect your set-top box to your Xbox One console with any standard HDMI cable. The port you need to use on your Xbox One console is labelled ‘HDMI In’.
Step two: Go into ‘Settings’ on the Xbox menu and select the ‘OneGuide’ option. You will be taken to a screen where you can manage your devices. Start by selecting ‘TV’. You’ll then be asked a series of questions in order to complete your TV setup.
Step three: On the ‘let’s set up OneGuide’ screen, select ‘next’ to begin the setup of your cable or satellite TV provider’s channel guide. Follow the steps below to help your console learn how to control your cable or satellite set-top box.
Step four: On the ‘Pick your start’ setting screen, you’ll be asked to decide which screen your console will start from when first turned on. Select one of the two options, and then select ‘next’ to continue.
4. Set up your secruity:
There’s no need for parents to be worried about the kiddies being exposed to swearing and games above their age rating?
Thankfully setting up the family settings on your Xbox One couldn’t be simpler and allows you to limit their access to PEGI or BBFC-rated films, games, TV and movies by age.
Step one: Sign in to the adult’s Xbox Live account and go to ‘settings’. From there, select ‘all settings’ and under ‘account’, select ‘family’ where you will be prompted to enter your password.
Step two: Next, you can select the account that you want to update and select the category of settings you want to update, such as ‘privacy and online safety’.
Step three: Then, you can select the default age-appropriate settings or customise the account by selecting ‘view details and customise’.
Step four: From here you can see what each setting allows your child to see or do on Xbox One and choose accordingly. For example, you can choose to block your child from sharing their activity and content online outside of Xbox Live by selecting ‘Block under Share outside of Xbox Live’.
Step five: Next, select any additional settings that you want to customise such as access to content, web filtering and blocking of age-rated TV shows and content.
5. Download some apps
The Xbox One has a wide selection of apps ready and waiting to download, with everything from Digital TV services such as Netflix and Amazone Prime to catch up services like BBC iPlayer and Demand 5.
However there’s also a varied selection of more quirky apps and none more perfect than the Dominoes app.
You need only shout “Xbox, feed me” to order yourself a fresh and tasty pizza and you can even track the courier’s journey on a real-time map.
6. Get yourself fit:
There’s no need to fork out loads on a gym membership because the Xbox One has a Fitness app.
If you have an Xbox Live Gold account, you’ll have access to a number of different introductory workouts free of charge for six months, including programmes by Jillian Michaels, Tracey Anderson and Shaun T of Insanity infamy.
The service uses your Kinect to track your heart rate and muscles, estimate calories burned, and provide feedback on your form, balance, and power.
Following your initial trial workout you’ll going to have to pay for it, but it’s still cheaper than signing up at the local Virgin Active, and you won’t even have to leave the house.
7. Dig out your 360 games:
With the Xbox One’s new Backwards Compatibly features you can now play some of those Xbox 360 games you’ve got gathering dust free of charge.
All you have to do is pop in your 360 game into the disc drive and if its a compatible 360 game the emulator will spring into life.
Better still, any game saves from the Xbox 360 version are also transferred over with your download.
For more information and a full list of backwards compatible games, click here.
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