Preparing your game collection for use on Xbox One X

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Planning on upgrading to Xbox One X? If you’re already using standard Xbox One or Xbox One S, here’s how to make setting up Xbox One X as fast as possible.

Download 4K Content – Step 1

Even if you’re using Xbox One S or a standard Xbox One, you can start the process of downloading the 4K versions (when available) of games you’ll want to play on Xbox One X. You won’t be able to appreciate the 4K aspects of those games on older consoles, but at least you’ll be done with your lengthy downloads on the day you unpack your Xbox One X.

This is more important than it might seem. While 4K upgrades for your applicable games are free, they’re generally tens of GB in size, and therefore take a while to download, even on fast networks.

After downloading, copy your 4K games to an external storage device that can be plugged into your Xbox One X so it’s ready to play.

To get your updates ahead of time on Xbox One S and original Xbox One:

  1. Press the Xbox button  to open the guide and go to Settings > System > Backup & transfer.
  2. Select Download 4K game content.
  3. When available 4K content has downloaded, copy those games to external storage so they’re ready for use on Xbox One X.

Back up your settings on Xbox One

Backing up settings is a great way to simplify setup on any Xbox—whether that’s a new Xbox or your current one (for instance, if you decide to reset it and start over). This saves your account settings and key system settings, which your new Xbox will apply during setup.

Backups do not include settings for things that might be different on your new Xbox, such as console name or the ability to control a specific TV.

  1. Connect a USB storage device to your existing Xbox One, Xbox One S, or Xbox One X.Storage must be USB 3.0 or faster and 256 GB or larger. Make sure it’s designated for use with Xbox One games and apps.
  2. Go to Settings > System > Backup & transfer > Back up my settings and follow the on-screen instructions to save your backup to your storage.
  3. Before turning on the Xbox you want to set up, connect that storage to the new console.
  4. Start the new Xbox and follow the on-screen instructions.

If the new Xbox is already set up and you want to configure it using the backed-up settings from your other Xbox, keep the storage device connected and go to Settings > System > Console info and choose Reset console.

Backups include settings for:

  • Most sign-in and security preferences
  • Blu-ray and disc
  • Volume
  • Narrator
  • Magnifier
  • Closed captioning
  • High contrast
  • Network name and password


Enable network game transfer

Network transfer lets one Xbox console copy games and apps from another console, so long as they’re on the same home network. Copying this way can be faster than downloading another copy of the same game or app. If you have a metered internet connection, this can also save you money.

Any Xbox One (original Xbox One, Xbox One S, and Xbox One X) can be either the source or the destination console.

  1. On the Xbox you want to copy from, go to Settings > Network > Network transfer and check the box to allow network transfer. This makes that Xbox visible to other consoles on the same network.
  2. Once you’ve allowed transferring from the “host” Xbox, turn on the console onto which you’ll be copying games and apps, and go to the same settings page. Your host Xbox should be listed.
  3. Select the Xbox you want to copy from, choose the items to copy, then select Copy selected.

Thats it! Enjoy your shiny new Xbox One X Console in True 4K style.

About the Author

Phil Warren has been writing for since the start. A huge gaming fan mainly Xbox and Playstation. He is always looking for the latest news and reviews for all gaming consoles and games.

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