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The Best Xbox One Tips and Tricks

The Xbox One is launched over three years ago. It is a very different creature to the console. Microsoft has slowly developed its latest console into one powerful system with a fleet of entertainment features that are really giving it the edge over its PS4 competitors

But now the Microsoft cancels Xbox One exclusive ‘Scalebound’. With a new console put on hold in the form of Xbox One S and for Xbox fans the Xbox One S and Project Scorpio left in store, it’s awaiting us in 2017.

Here Best tips that will help you discover all those extras.

Xbox One installing Games: How to Speed up Your Game Installation

Every game you play on your Xbox One, First you’ll need to install Xbox One’s internal hard Drive Whether it’s disc-based or a digital download.

It’s a great thing once you have got it all installed, but it can take a maximum time to install the bigger AAA Games.

If you want to do fast installation, now there’s an easy work-around that should fast the install progress.

-Download the game or insert the disc into your Xbox One,

-Then disconnect from the internet and Xbox Live Either turn off Wi-Fi or disconnect your Ethernet cable to do so.

Xbox Games with Gold: How to Get Free Games Every Month

For this you’ll need to Sign up for an Xbox Live Gold membership. For a month membership you can pay £5.99 and for a year’s subscription you can pay £39.99. In the long run you save over £70.

Every month, Microsoft will offer you one or two free games for your Xbox One as part of the Games with Gold initiative – one released at the start of the month and the second a fortnight in. It’s a great way to get new games for your Xbox without paying a chance for the digital download. It’s also amazing for highlighting indie games you might not have heard of before.

Through backwards compatibility you can also play those games on Xbox One, which are free for Xbox 360, It’s giving you double the free offer every month

Freeview TV on Xbox One

Locally, the Xbox One is compatible with satellite and cable TV services like Sky or Virgin Media, but you won’t able to provide for any Freeview signals into the Xbox One massive Media.

Well, unless you but the reasonable Xbox One Digital TV Tuner. This £24.99 piece of kit runs between your aerial socket and your Xbox One to deliver Freeview and Freeview HD into Xbox One.

Those people who haven’t got the luxury of premium TV Services can turn their Xbox One into the all-in-one entertainment system. That means your Xbox One can turn your TV on and off, too.

Media Player Xbox One: Turn your Xbox One into a media streaming device

Now, the Xbox one has a lot more media streaming features than it did at launch, and far more than its competitor, the PS4.

There’s DLNA media server streaming support. You can stream content over your network from your PC. You can also save media on a USB memory stick and play it on your Xbox One by simply plugging it in.

To get access to the Plex app. First you need to Subscribe Plex app using that anyone can access all their content from their Xbox One via Plex too now.

Xbox Live Friends  

Now, The Xbox One expanded the maximum number of Xbox Live friends each player can have. Now, you can have up to 1000 friends on your list, if you’re that popular.

While, you have an unlimited amount of followers.

Xbox One controller requires two AA batteries

Unfortunately, the Xbox One Wireless Controller is powered by two AA batteries directly out of the box. There’s no recharging option as standard, so you’ll need to buy the play and charge kit separately.

Nowadays you can pick up rechargeable once for reasonable prices.

Xbox One Supports External Hard Drives

In June 2014, Microsoft added support for external hard drives for the Xbox One, meaning you can spill over from that internal hard drive if necessary. In fact, the Xbox One actually supports up to two external hard drives at once, along with the internal 500GB hard drive.

There are a few caveats, though. Each hard drive will need to be USB 3.0 compatible and be at least 256GB in size.

Once you’ve plugged in your external HDD, your Xbox One will ask to format it, which will make that drive your default install location for games, apps and other content. You don’t have to make it the default, though, as your Xbox One will allow content to automatically drop over from the internal one if it happens to get too full.

You can access your save files on your Friend’s Xbox One

All game saves are saved into the cloud if you’re connected to Xbox Live, so all you’ll need to do is sign into Xbox Live to access your save files on an Xbox One away from home.

Install the Xbox One Blu-Ray Player App to Watch Blu-Ray Discs

In order to play Blu-rays on a new Xbox One, you need to install an update. As long as you’re connected to the Internet, the console will prompt you to download the update when you insert a Blu-ray disc.

However, you can also install it manually – useful if you’re planning on taking the Xbox One somewhere where you’ll be without Internet. Go to the Store from the main menu, and then head to the apps section. Type in ‘Blu’ or ‘Blu-ray’ in the search bar to find the app. Then simply select it to install.

What is SmartGlass and how do Get SmartGlass?

SmartGlass is one of the most poorly explained parts of the Xbox world. It’s the Xbox companion app, available for phones and tablets. It was originally only available for Windows phones, but you can now download it for iPhones and Android phones, too.

There are separate apps for the Xbox 360 and Xbox One, so if you already have SmartGlass, make sure you give the Xbox One version a download. Its most basic functions just let you check out your achievements and so on, but if you use it while connected to the same network as your console, you can use your phone or tablet as a ‘second screen’.

The most useful function is as a keyboard. You can use your phone or tablet’s touchscreen to type in URLs in the Xbox One’s browser, making it far, far more enjoyable to use. You can also load apps using your phone, and set up a load of ‘favorite’ apps on your phone to make using your Xbox even quicker.

Use your Phone as a Remote for Xbox One

With the SmartGlass app your phone becomes a remote control for the Xbox One. It’s allowing you to navigate apps like Internet Explorer more easily. Using that you can pinch, zoom, and click on links far more easily than you can with a controller.

How to get cheap Xbox Live Credit and Xbox Live Gold

Sometimes Microsoft Xbox Live subscription sales where you can very cheaply. However, most of the time you have a redeemable code online are better off buying. CDKeys 12 month subscription £ 26.29 down at the time of writing, recommended price £ 39.99. Some other sites like CDKeys on the Web, but it is generally the cheapest of the lot. ‘Like’ them on Facebook and they make you a 5%-off code, will also send.

Getting money of Xbox Live Credit is a bit trickier, but once again CDKeys offers vouchers for a quid or two off.

Xbox One Features: Xbox One Snap

Xbox Snap is one of the neatest new features of the Xbox One. It’s the console’s multitasking feature, and it lets you open up another app on the side of the screen while playing a game.

To use Snap, you can either say “Xbox, snap” while you’re playing to bring up the Snap menu,

-Or go to the Side Panel by double click on Home button and,

-Then select the snap menu at the bottom.

-Then you can choose which program you’d like to run side-by-side.

Avatar Xbox One: How to Change your Xbox One Avatar

To customize your Xbox One avatar, go to the Home menu then select My Games and Apps.

Now select   Avatars >

                      Customize >

                      My Style.

                      Here you’ll be able to choose what your avatar looks like.

How to create Home Screen Shortcuts

Microsoft introduced a few other navigational shortcuts for the new Xbox One UI.

To access all your pinned content on the home page, simply drag the right trigger. If you want to get back to your current content, just drag the left trigger.

The other method, skipping between sections of the new UI is also easier, Regardless on your current position in the UI, you can move through the pages using RB and LB required, regardless on your current position in the UI.

How you can get the Ultimate Xbox One Experience

For that you need the Xbox One Elite Controller. For that you pay £120, it’s quite investment, but it’s certainly worth every currency.

Popular, analog sticks and Xbox One controller with paddles with remapping full button, it deserves One really feels like a premium Xbox gamepad controller.

How to Remap Your Buttons

But it’s not only the Xbox One Elite Controller that has controller remapping. Using the new Xbox Accessories app, you can remap the buttons of the standard Xbox One Wireless Controller too.

You won’t be able to remap the same button multiple times, map paddles to buttons or adjust the sensitivity of the sticks, triggers or vibration, but hey, it’s a start.


Unless you’re clued up, Kinect can seem a bit of a mystery. However, there’s a fairly concrete list of commands it will understand – here are the main ones. Each needs to be preceded by “Xbox” for the command to be understood.

Xbox Kinect Commands

Go Home – head to the home menu

On, turn off – power toggle

Snap, unsnap – switches the Snap feature on and off

Bing – Perform a web search

Sign in – Signs in when on a sign-in page

Use a code – lets you redeem a code or scan a QR code

Play – play a video

Next song, previous song – easy voice commands when listening to music

Mute, Unmute – silence your Xbox One

Volume up, volume down – control the volume of your console

Invite (insert name) – invites a selected contact to play or chat

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