8 essential Xbox One tips
The Xbox One has received a number of notable system updates recently, bringing a host of features and system refinements across the board. We thought now would be a great opportunity to remind you about some of the lesser-known Xbox One features, and remind you about a few you may have missed entirely.
Get your game clips on YouTube
You can now upload your game clips directly to your YouTube channel from the Xbox One console! Navigate to the YouTube application and sign-in with your Google account, the app will prompt you to go to www.youtube.com/activate if you want to go any further. Once you’ve done so, head to My uploads in the app and follow the on-screen prompts to get your sweet skills and epic fails onto YouTube for the world to see.
Protect user settings with a passkey
It’s all well and good creating your personal profile and setting up parental controls on your Xbox One, but unless you create a passkey they can be easily overridden with you none the wiser. You can protect your settings by going to Settings, clicking the Sign In, Security & Passkey tile and then looking for Create My Passkey. From here, you can go on to create a six-digit security combination.
If you’re anything like us, the Blu-ray app has gone practically unused since launch due to the frustrating screen shake/judder caused by the app outputting in 60hz – in the US 60Hz refresh rate is standard, while Region 2 TV and Blu-ray uses a refresh rate of 50hz. The app has finally been updated to output picture at 50hz, just be sure to make the relevant selection when you insert a disk into your console post-update.
Set your Home console
If you have multiple Xbox One consoles, or you regularly use consoles belonging to friends or family, you’ll want to set your primary one as the ‘Home console’. This will let anyone in your household play your games on the console, even when they’re signed in with their own profiles. It’s really easy, just go to Settings and select My home Xbox from the left-hand side of the screen.
Check battery levels
There’s nothing worse than your controller running out of battery and powering off when in the middle of an epic multiplayer battle, though the Xbox One failed to launch with a battery power indicator. This has been fixed with a recent update, just tap the Xbox button while on the Home screen to get an idea of how much juice is left in the tank.
Calibrate your TV for Xbox One
After spending so much cash on your new console, you’ll want to ensure you get the best picture possible out of your TV. To calibrate your TV, head into Settings and choose Display & Sound, and look for Calibrate HDTV. Follow the step-by-step instructions and have your TV remote handy – it’s a bit of a hassle, but the results will speak for themselves. Oh, and be sure to have left your TV on for at least five minutes before you start for best results.
Kickstart a game installation
A common problem we’ve encountered is when trying to install an Xbox One game from a disc, and finding the installation process stops at or near 0%. This can be fixed by going into Settings, selecting Network and disconnecting your console from Xbox Live. Next, power cycle your console by holding down the Xbox button on the front of the console for ten seconds. When it powers back up, reconnect to live and it’ll continue installation.
Adjust your TV’s volume with your voice
Since launch, the Xbox One has let you adjust the volume of your television with a simple command: “Xbox, volume up/down.” The problem is, it seemed to revel in adjusting volume by huge increments, thankfully, and this has been fixed. Drop into Settings, go to TV & One Guide and look for Troubleshooting. Once there, click Audio, and you’ll be able to edit the increments your volume will raise and fall.