Part 1: Connection
1. Locate the connections.
Xbox One has several connections to the unit that will need to be done first. These include a new Kinect sensor, Internet connection
, and set-top box if you want to watch your cable TV show through Xbox One.
2. Connect to the Internet. Before you do anything, you have to make sure that your console is connected to the Internet. You can make a wired connection using an Ethernet cable to connect to your Internet source, or you can also click if you have a wifi router.
3. Connect to your TV. Use an HDMI cable to connect your Xbox One to your TV. Connect the HDMI cable to the HDMI OUT port on the back of the Xbox One. The other end of the HDMI cable goes into the HDMI input of your TV. If you have cable or satellite TV, you can connect another HDMI cable to the console’s HDMI IN port, and the other end goes to your set-top box for cable or satellite TV.
4. Connect the Kinect sensor. Connect your Kinect to the Kinect port on the back of the Xbox One. It’s the port between the USB port and the IR port. The Kinect sensor cable has a fixed length of 3 meters (9.8 ft) to ensure that your Kinect sensor is close enough to your Xbox One.
5. Connect your Xbox One to your power source. Plug the power supply on the back of Xbox One into the power source. It is located on the left part of the dashboard from the back. Then connect the power cord to the power supply. Finally, plug the other end of the power cord directly into your electrical outlet. Xbox One LED on the power supply should light up as a sign of power.
Part 2: Basic setup
1. Turn on your Xbox One. You can turn on the machine using your wired controller. Hold down the Home button on your Xbox One controller to simultaneously activate your device and controller.
- You can also touch the front of the Xbox One (where its icon is) to power it on.
- If you are using a wireless controller, make sure you put the battery first to turn on your controller.
- The Kinect sensor can also be used to turn on your console except under the initial setup. You can turn on Xbox One via Kinect sensor by saying “Xbox On” within Kinect’s sensor range.
2. Follow the instructions on the screen. The first thing you’ll see on the screen is the Xbox One logo with a green background. Wait for it to handle a bit, and it should eventually give you the initial setup instructions.
The first instruction is to press A to proceed. It will give you instructions by displaying an Xbox One controller on the screen. Then Xbox One greets you for the first time.
3. Choose your language. There are plenty of languages available to choose from, including English, Deutsch, Español, and more as you scroll down the options. Select your appropriate language, then press AB. You will see that the text on Xbox One screen automatically translates into the language currently selected as a preview.
4. Choose your location. Depending on which language you choose, Xbox One will give you options to select which country you live in.
5. Choose your network preferences. You can choose either a wired connection or a WiFi (wireless) connection. It’s best to choose a wired connection for stability. In choosing wireless, you may need to provide the router password for access.
If the Xbox One fails to discover your router for some reason, you can press Y on the controller to refresh the scanning.
6. Update your dashboard. Since this is the initial setup, you’ll need to update your Xbox One. This is virtually guaranteed for initial setup, regardless of the unit. An Internet connection is required to download updates about 500 MB in size, and your unit will reset automatically after updating.
Part 3: Finishing Your Settings
1. Choose your time zone. After the Xbox One resets, it will ask you to press the controller’s Home button to continue with the rest of the setup. First, choose your time zone. Again, the default choice will depend on the country you previously selected.
2. Kinect sensor settings. Kinect sensor setup will let you log in automatically via Kinect recognition, control your Xbox One with your voice and hands, chat with other Kinect users, and manage your TV.
Ensure you have speakers connected to your Xbox One for the Kinect set up to assess the speakers’ volume properly.
Keep quiet when the instructions ask you. This will affect the Kinect’s sensor settings.
3. Sign in with your Microsoft account. You can use the email and password associated with your existing game card. If you don’t have a current gamer card, you can use Skype, Outlook.com, Windows 8, or Windows phone credentials.
If you don’t account for one of the alternatives, you must create a new Microsoft account to continue.
5. Customize the interface. You will have the opportunity to choose your color preference for your Xbox One color theme. Once selected, you will get a preview of what your dashboard will look like.
6. Save your password. Before finishing setup, Xbox One will ask if you want to save your password. You should save it to prevent the unit from asking for the password every time you log in, but if you care about who uses the device, don’t save the password.
You will also be asked if you want the Kinect sensor to automatically login upon recognition.