Break In Case Of Emergency
There's one day to go until the Xbox One launches and the next console generation officially starts here in the UK. Well, after everyone downloads the great big day-one patch, that is. Your new console will effectively just be the world's largest paperweight until you've pulled down nearly 2GB of data, so naturally, getting it will be your first port of call. Everyone's first port of call.
As a precautionary measure, Microsoft has made the update available to pre-download on PC, meaning that it can then be installed by USB. Then called it the "emergency offline update" just to freak us all out. Details below.
UPDATE: Microsoft has taken the site offline, stating that too many people were pre-downloading what was only intended to be an emergency measure. It's never too late for one last U-turn, eh?
As per Microsoft's support site, you'll have to jump through a fair few hoops to grab the update on USB - starting with finding out what OS version your Xbox One has. Here are the steps and links.
A Microsoft spokesperson recently delivered the following statement: "The site was not an alternative way to take the Day One update and customers still need to connect to Xbox Live for the update. Because of the complexity of this customer support process we’ve actually removed the page and we will work with customers directly to make sure they have a smooth experience." [credit to tha2c in the comments for the tip]
So, there you have it. Microsoft are clearly confident that their servers will take the strain from midnight tonight.
Step 1: On your Xbox One console
You’ll first need to know which OS version you’re currently running in order to download the correct system update.
To find your Xbox One console’s OS version:
- Press the Xbox button to return to Home.
- Press the Menu button and select Settings (or select Settings on the Home screen).
- Select System.
- Select Console info.
- Your OS version is the third row down.
Note: If you’re in the middle of a system update and need to find your OS version, pull both triggers and both bumpers on your controller. The OS version is listed as Build and is the second line down.
Step 2: On your computer
- Plug your USB flash drive into a USB port on your computer.
- Format the USB as NTFS (USB must have at least 2 GB of space).
- You’ll need to select the correct OS version to be able to install properly.
- Click Save to save the console update .zip file to your computer.
- Unzip the file. If you’re using Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7, double-click the .zip file to unzip it.
- Copy the contents of the .zip file to the root directory of your flash drive.
- Unplug the USB flash drive from your computer.
Step 3: On your Xbox One console
- Unplug the network cable if you’re using a wired network connection.
- Power off your console, and then unplug the power cord to ensure that the console is completely powered off.
- Wait 30 seconds.
- Plug the power cord back in.
- Plug the flash drive into a USB port on your Xbox One console.
- Press and hold the BIND and EJECT buttons, and then press Power On.
- Continue holding the BIND and EJECT buttons for 10-15 seconds.
- Listen for two “power-up” tones a couple of seconds apart.Note If you don't hear two power-up tones after 10 seconds, it means this failed. Likewise, if you hear any “power-down” chirps, that also means this failed.
- You can release the BIND and EJECTbuttons after the second power-up tone.
- When the console restarts, remove the USB drive.
- Once the console restarts, the update is complete and you should be returned to your experience.
Note The console restart may take several minutes.
Got all that? Hopefully we won't need it, but it's always nice to have a backup.
Anyway, I'll be getting my Xbox One tomorrow - the same time as everyone else. So let's collaborate on this, and get some sort of experience sharing thing going on. I'll mull it over and start a new conversation, perhaps.
Speaking of which, who's getting an Xbox One? Sound off.