The Xbox One is the quintessential jack of all trades. It can be your browser, music player, gaming system, and cable box, but in order to benefit from all of these goodies, you’re going to have to set it all up. The below instructions are for setting up your TV and cable box to work on your Xbox One system.
Seriously?! That’s what a lot of people are saying when they found out that their Xbox One doesn’t have a native streaming media player. When a new system is introduced and lacks features that the previous system had, it really pisses people off. The Xbox 360 allowed people to stream music and video files from a flash drive, as long as it was formatted with the Windows FAT32 file system.
The Xbox One will automatically check to see if you have any cloud saves stored under your gamertag for supported Xbox 360 games as you load them. However, you will need to ensure that they are saved to the cloud in the first place. If you still own your Xbox 360, boot it up, go to settings/system/storage/cloud saved games and select “enable”.
As well as use all the features the Xbox One has to offer, you can also go retro and open the Xbox 360 guide from within an Xbox 360 game. Press and hold the menu and view buttons on a controller to open that specific guide.
Sony continue to refuse allowing custom wallpapers on the PS4, but the newest version of the Xbox One comes with them as standard. Simply head over to the Settings panel (Home button then Settings and Personalisation) and you can choose from any images you’ve captured in-game, ones you’ve downloaded or even from a tethered computer on your WiFi network.
It’s slightly more tech-focussed than you might be accustomed to, but look up your own router’s port and how to open them, as the following can be added for your console to have the fastest connection.
Port 500 (UDP)
Port 3544 (UDP)
Port 88 (UDP)
Port 80 (TCP)
Port 4500 (UDP)
Port 3074 (UDP and TCP)
Port 53 (UDP and TCP)
Occasionally your Xbox will prompt for this to be done if your NAT has gone from ‘Open’ to ‘Moderate’ or ‘Closed’, but it’s something you can do right off the bat if you know how.
External hard drives have gone from being an optional accessory that bolsters the amount of titles you can have on-tap at any point, to a damn-near necessity for current generation gaming. Simply put, the new consoles’ internal drives just aren’t big enough to hold a decent amount of the latest games, and you’ll be deleting something off every time a new title comes out unless you upgrade.
Luckily, both consoles let you change their internal drives, but the PS4 drops the ball in only letting you use a USB hard drive for full data backups, rather than treating it like another ‘proper’ hard drive. On the other hand, the Xbox One ticks this box with a feather-topped quill, as games and apps can be copied across and managed directly, the same way as on the 360.
Mobile apps tend to fluctuate in usability depending on how much the phone needs to be constantly left on, but both the official PlayStation app and Microsoft’s SmartGlass (one they’ve done a terrible job in promoting or showcasing) are actually very useful.
It’s free on both iOS and Android, and once you’ve tethered it to the console through the Settings menu, it’ll let you trigger manual prompts to record video, track achievements, use the keyboard to enter text and browse the internet far faster and easier.
Microsoft made a pretty big song and dance about their backwards compatibility functionality, and although you just need to throw in an old disk from the approved online list to play your old favourites, they’ve added that every upcoming 360 title on the Games with Gold program would be playable digitally, too.
However, trying to access the older titles through the XO dashboard can be a nightmare, as although they’re listed through the standard search functionality, there’s no download link or even a price attached – instead you’ll just see ‘Bundle Only’ listed where the download link should be.