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Setting up Your XBox One

Once upon a time, you bought a new games console, popped in a game and you were away. It isn’t quite as simple any more, but once you get the Xbox up and going you’re in for a world of entertainment.

The first thing you’ll want to set up is your Microsoft Account. If you’ve had an Xbox before, or even something more mundane like Hotmail, you’re partway there.

If you own a games machine in 2015, you’re presumably planning to play online. To do that with Xbox One, you need an Xbox Gold account. Worth setting up straight away, this will net you two free download games a month. Plus, by going here you can tell your Xbox to download two Xbox 360 games each time as well.

Number Five... is alive!

Number Five... is alive!

Not every Xbox One owner will have opted to grab a Kinect as well, but if you’ve got one its well worth getting it hooked up. I’ve yet to use it in a game effectively, but the ability to tell my Xbox to go to apps, play, pause, change the channel still feels like witchcraft. Speaking of which…

OneGuide is the system that links your TV or digibox to the Xbox. Simply go through the menu to tell your machine what model and so on you have, and the console will be able to control your other devices by flashing infrared from the Kinect. Never panic to find the remote when your mum tells you to turn the volume down again!

Orange is a somewhat less festive colour than green...

Orange is a somewhat less festive colour than green...

The Xbox runs apps like Youtube, Netflix, Twitch and the WWE Network. Getting them all linked to your accounts, you can pick shows on your phone on the way home and watch them as soon as you sit down on the sofa. With youtube, I like to search for videos I want to show my friends on my phone even as they watch another one on the TV. If that sort of thing sounds cool…

Get the Smartglass app on your phone. It’ll let you use your touchscreen to type in menus, or look at maps, or generally get involved in all that “second screen experience” stuff they keep telling us is the future.

If you have Windows 10, either because you wanted it or because your machine sneakily installed it, getting the Xbox app synched up with your console will let you stream to your PC and record footage. Before you know it, you’ll be raking in those Pewdiepie dollars!