The Xbox One has always been one of the most coveted must-haves of every gamer’s dreamscape. With monthly patches and updates coming from Microsoft and rebel software developers, this digital pleasure device is truly the epitome of an ever-evolving hardware that brings more value to entertainment, enjoyment and excitement. With the launch of its new Project Scorpio, today more than ever is the best time to learn some Xbox One tips and tricks that will squeeze all the valuable juices off your gaming and streaming device to enjoy its fullest hilt.
Xbox One Tips and Tricks Revealed
1. Built for Speed
Avid game installers have always one common woe—speed in installing games on its internal hard drive. Yes, it can take forever especially when downloading bigger AAA games. To speed up the process, simply download it or insert the disc right into your Xbox One. Disconnect your Ethernet cable or turn-off your Wi-Fi connection. When installation says “complete”, that’s the time to reconnect to the Internet.
2. Monthly Free Games
On top of your 2 to 3 free games from Microsoft, a prolific gamer like you may want to bag more games under your belt. A few dollars subscription to Xbox Live Gold will even make you gain access on some indie games not sold in the mainstream. Or perhaps, an Amazon Prime Instant Video experience. Simply watch 3 to 5 episodes in a row and you’re definitely in for an excellent treat.
3. TV Freeview
Turn your Xbox one into an all-in-one entertainment system by simply adding its own Digital TV Tuner. Ditch the satellite or cable TV services. Turn your Xbox one into one media monster that delivers nothing but the best.
4. All-in-One Media Streaming Device
Save media on a USB stick and play it on your Xbox One. Check. Now, stream content from your PC to your network—check by using the DLNA media server streaming support. If you have Plex subscription, accessing all content via Xbox One is also available now, too.
5. Xbox Live Friends
Xbox One allows you to have up to 1,000 friends on your list. Here, you can share games and other streaming stuff for more enjoyment and socialization. Want more, ask them to follow you. That’s unlimited up to this day.
6. Power Savvy Controller
There’s just no recharging option available for the Xbox One’s controller. However, you can always choose rechargeable AA batteries to save on cost. Buy 2 sets so you can have disrupted usage.
7. Smartphone As Remote
Ditch the usual battery-powered RCs. Simply download the SmartGlass app. Use it to pinch, zoom and click or tap on links you want to play or watch online.
8. Need for Space
If you are keen on downloading more AAA titles and your internal 500GB is no longer up for grabs, then go add an external hard drive. Make it two though. Do make sure that the hard drives are USB3.0 compatible and at least have 256GB memory. Want more? Save it on a cloud. Simply connect to Xbox Live to save and access files even those on your friend’s Xbox One or when you’re away from home.
9. Blu-Ray Love
Some people watch nothing but Blu-ray for its awesome quality. Now, if you’re an Xbox One owner, all you need to do is download the app. Connect to the Net, find the Store option on the main menu, and look for apps. Search for Blu-ray and install. Voila!
10. Get Fit
Hidden beneath its gaming exterior, Xbox one tips and hacks bring you into an ecosystem where fitness and health reign supreme. The Xbox Fitness app is literally free for Xbox Live Gold subscribers. If you’re not subscribed, root out one from Bing. Now, tailor your workout performance and get healthy in a heartbeat.
Ever heard of the Xbox One SNAP? If you’re keen on multitasking like playing while listening to music and chatting, this is the app to download. Simply search for “Xbox, snap” on the main menu or press the Home button twice to show the Side Panel. At the bottom, click on the snap menu and choose which program you want to do side-by-side.
The bottom line—there is more to your Xbox One than what meets the eye. Its backwards compatibility is another feature which truly makes it one of the most practical choices in the market up to this day. With these Xbox One tips and hacks, you can finally achieve more than what you expect to enjoy.