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Xbox One Launch Patch Can Be Installed by "Emergency Offline Update" [UPDATE: Or Not]

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Jonathan Lester
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Xbox One Launch Patch Can Be Installed by "Emergency Offline Update" [UPDATE: Or Not]

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:

  1. Press the Xbox button to return to Home.
  2. Press the Menu button and select Settings (or select Settings on the Home screen).
  3. Select System.
  4. Select Console info.
  5. 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

  1. Plug your USB flash drive into a USB port on your computer.
  2. Format the USB as NTFS (USB must have at least 2 GB of space).
  3. You’ll need to select the correct OS version to be able to install properly.
  4. Click Save to save the console update .zip file to your computer.
  5. Unzip the file. If you’re using Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7, double-click the .zip file to unzip it.
  6. Copy the contents of the .zip file to the root directory of your flash drive.
  7. Unplug the USB flash drive from your computer.

Step 3: On your Xbox One console

  1. Unplug the network cable if you’re using a wired network connection.
  2. Power off your console, and then unplug the power cord to ensure that the console is completely powered off.
  3. Wait 30 seconds.
  4. Plug the power cord back in.
  5. Plug the flash drive into a USB port on your Xbox One console.
  6. Press and hold the BIND and EJECT buttons, and then press Power On.
  7. Continue holding the BIND and EJECT buttons for 10-15 seconds.
  8. 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.
  9. You can release the BIND and EJECTbuttons after the second power-up tone.
  10. When the console restarts, remove the USB drive.
  11. Once the console restarts, the update is complete and you should be returned to your experience.
  12. 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.

Add a comment26 comments
JoeDark64  Nov. 21, 2013 at 11:15

Yup X1 should be arriving tomorrow (Amazon courier permitting :/)

Brave of MS to do a worldwide launch as any issues will hit all their territories and day 1 customers simultaneously. Definitely worth downloading both those firmware updates now just in case!

Pretty psyched about the X1 launch. Looking forward to Forza, KI and FIFA straight away. Also think XB Fitness, SkyDrive and Skype will be really cool to play with. Loving the system integration with other home entertainment systems. It really sets it apart from the PS4. Consoles have always been a separate powerful box gaming experience but the X1 thankfully starts to move away from that.

Just one more sleep! :)

Last edited by JoeDark64, Nov. 21, 2013 at 11:22
tha2c  Nov. 21, 2013 at 11:44

I think MS have taken the links down already :(

Anarchist  Nov. 21, 2013 at 11:50

My god.

OK I'm definitely going to pre download that now (both patches, just in case). I don't fancy my chances of downloading 2gb tomorrow along with a million other people.

Mind you, I am working from home this weekend so I should have plenty of time to fire this off and then go earn some pennies...!

*balls. Seems like MS haven't made it live yet... Oh well!

Last edited by Anarchist, Nov. 21, 2013 at 11:54
Anarchist  Nov. 21, 2013 at 11:51

PS emergency offline update...?

Somebody needs firing.

JoeDark64  Nov. 21, 2013 at 11:59

They were definitely both working last night. Each download is 1.2GB in size. I thought I read somewhere that the day 1 patch was supposed to be around 500MB so either something has changed or the offline versions are slightly different to the data that comes down via the 'live' update.

Hopefully the links come alive again later.

JonLester  Nov. 21, 2013 at 12:03

@JoeDar64: AFAIK the PS4's day one patch is supposed to be around the 500MB mark, but the Xbox One's patch was pegged at approximately 1.5GB.

Last edited by JonLester, Nov. 21, 2013 at 12:12
JoeDark64  Nov. 21, 2013 at 12:07

@JoeDar64: AFAIK the PS4's day one patch is supposed to be around the 500MB mark, but the Xbox One's patch was pegged at about around 1.5GB.

Just unzipped it, 1.38GB! There we go!

Come on Amazon, dispatch already...

ZPwoKh4V  Nov. 21, 2013 at 12:52

Last edited by ZPwoKh4V, Nov. 21, 2013 at 12:53
tha2c  Nov. 21, 2013 at 12:56

quote from an MS spokesperson -
"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."

Late  Nov. 21, 2013 at 12:59

OK I'm definitely going to pre download that now (both patches, just in case). I don't fancy my chances of downloading 2gb tomorrow along with a million other people.

Oh. Good point. I was going to leave it and just download it on the machine tonight, but I guess I should probably get it on a USB stick now...

EDIT: oh, it's been removed. Brill. lol

Last edited by Late, Nov. 21, 2013 at 13:02
JonLester  Nov. 21, 2013 at 13:26

Heh, it's never too late for one last crazy Xbox One U-Turn! 8)

Late  Nov. 21, 2013 at 13:31

X)

beast2123  Nov. 21, 2013 at 15:17

@JoeDar64: AFAIK the PS4's day one patch is supposed to be around the 500MB mark, but the Xbox One's patch was pegged at about around 1.5GB.

Just unzipped it, 1.38GB! There we go!

Come on Amazon, dispatch already...


would you be willing to share this patch with me? M$ took it down maybe share it via drop box.

Anarchist  Nov. 21, 2013 at 15:37

ITS ON ITS WAY!

Woo, Amazon have dispatched it... Time to start getting excited!

Infact, I'm going to go find me a pair of gloves so I can do an unboxing video.

JoeDark64  Nov. 21, 2013 at 15:42

@JoeDar64: AFAIK the PS4's day one patch is supposed to be around the 500MB mark, but the Xbox One's patch was pegged at about around 1.5GB.

Just unzipped it, 1.38GB! There we go!

Come on Amazon, dispatch already...


would you be willing to share this patch with me? M$ took it down maybe share it via drop box.


Sure, just uploading them now (as there are two of them). Will let you know when they are done. Obviously you have to follow the MS instructions on the main link as I cannot be held responsible if you use the incorrect one!

beast2123  Nov. 21, 2013 at 15:48

@JoeDar64: AFAIK the PS4's day one patch is supposed to be around the 500MB mark, but the Xbox One's patch was pegged at about around 1.5GB.

Just unzipped it, 1.38GB! There we go!

Come on Amazon, dispatch already...


would you be willing to share this patch with me? M$ took it down maybe share it via drop box.


Sure, just uploading them now (as there are two of them). Will let you know when they are done. Obviously you have to follow the MS instructions on the main link as I cannot be held responsible if you use the incorrect one!


understood. just want to be prepared incase there are server problems. my email is dustinlandi at gmail dot com

dynamiclynk  Nov. 21, 2013 at 15:59

@JoeDar64: AFAIK the PS4's day one patch is supposed to be around the 500MB mark, but the Xbox One's patch was pegged at about around 1.5GB.

Just unzipped it, 1.38GB! There we go!

Come on Amazon, dispatch already...


would you be willing to share this patch with me? M$ took it down maybe share it via drop box.


Sure, just uploading them now (as there are two of them). Will let you know when they are done. Obviously you have to follow the MS instructions on the main link as I cannot be held responsible if you use the incorrect one!


Please send me a link to download too :) I need this update since no broadband at home thanks.

hansonc8  Nov. 21, 2013 at 17:08

Me too! or anyone else who has it please....
I feel like i'm 5 again.....my fingers are itching to play!

Thanks!

Last edited by hansonc8, Nov. 21, 2013 at 17:15
JoeDark64  Nov. 21, 2013 at 17:13

@JoeDar64: AFAIK the PS4's day one patch is supposed to be around the 500MB mark, but the Xbox One's patch was pegged at about around 1.5GB.

Just unzipped it, 1.38GB! There we go!

Come on Amazon, dispatch already...


would you be willing to share this patch with me? M$ took it down maybe share it via drop box.


Sure, just uploading them now (as there are two of them). Will let you know when they are done. Obviously you have to follow the MS instructions on the main link as I cannot be held responsible if you use the incorrect one!


Please send me a link to download too :) I need this update since no broadband at home thanks.


Sure, give me your email like beast has. The upload will take another 2 hours to complete so will post here again when it is up fully.

bryceefisher  Nov. 21, 2013 at 18:29

@JoeDar64: AFAIK the PS4's day one patch is supposed to be around the 500MB mark, but the Xbox One's patch was pegged at about around 1.5GB.

Just unzipped it, 1.38GB! There we go!

Come on Amazon, dispatch already...


would you be willing to share this patch with me? M$ took it down maybe share it via drop box.


Sure, just uploading them now (as there are two of them). Will let you know when they are done. Obviously you have to follow the MS instructions on the main link as I cannot be held responsible if you use the incorrect one!


Please send me a link to download too :) I need this update since no broadband at home thanks.


Sure, give me your email like beast has. The upload will take another 2 hours to complete so will post here again when it is up fully.


Can I get a link too? [email protected]

DexLuthor  Nov. 21, 2013 at 20:05

@JoeDar64: AFAIK the PS4's day one patch is supposed to be around the 500MB mark, but the Xbox One's patch was pegged at about around 1.5GB.

Just unzipped it, 1.38GB! There we go!

Come on Amazon, dispatch already...


would you be willing to share this patch with me? M$ took it down maybe share it via drop box.


Sure, just uploading them now (as there are two of them). Will let you know when they are done. Obviously you have to follow the MS instructions on the main link as I cannot be held responsible if you use the incorrect one!


Please send me a link to download too :) I need this update since no broadband at home thanks.


Sure, give me your email like beast has. The upload will take another 2 hours to complete so will post here again when it is up fully.


any links to download the files? thanks

JoeDark64  Nov. 21, 2013 at 21:16
DexLuthor  Nov. 21, 2013 at 23:03
Late  Nov. 21, 2013 at 23:20

Xbox one games store is now live.
https://store.xbox.com/en-GB/Xbox-One/Games/

Tis running a bit slow, though. They only have 200,000 state of the art servers after all...

JoeDark64  Nov. 22, 2013 at 09:33

LOL, dropbox have suspended my public links due to excessive traffic! XD
Sorry guys, and grats to those who got it!

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