Step 1: Set up your new console
If you have purchased a new Xbox One X console and want help physically setting up the system (positioning the console, connecting components, plugging in cables, etc.), view PHYSICAL SETUP.
If your console is already physically set up and plugged in, and you want to skip directly to digital setup (connecting to the Internet, updating the console, signing in, etc.), view DIGITAL SETUP.
Step 2: Unbox the console
An Xbox One X game bundle typically includes:
- Xbox One X console
- Power cord
- Xbox Wireless Controller
- Two AA batteries
- One HDMI cable
- Optional vertical stand (included with some models)
Note: The vertical stand is available for purchase separately.
Note Some game bundles may come with other items, like games or Xbox Live trial offers.
Step 3: Position the console
Make sure that the location for your console is as follows:
- A stable surface.
- Well-ventilated, relatively cool, and away from direct heat sources.
- Uncluttered. Don't put other objects on, under, or right next to the console. An object on the top right of the console may block its heat vents.
Note The Xbox One X console can be placed horizontally or vertically. The stand is required if placing the console vertically. See Using the vertical stand for the Xbox One console for more information.
Step 4: Connect the console to your TV
The Xbox One X console system includes one HDMI cable. You can use this cable to connect the console to an HDMI-compatible TV or HDTV. Here's how:
- Connect the HDMI cable to the HDMI OUT port on your console (the leftmost HDMI port on the back of your console).
- Connect the other end of the cable to the HDMI input on your TV.
- Video output for the Xbox One X console is HDMI only. If you’re also connecting your console to a sound system, see Connect your Xbox One console to a sound system.
- As a best practice, make sure all the cables on the back of your console are gathered away from and are not touching the console.
Step 5: Connect your set-top box to the console (optional)
Note If you don't have cable or satellite TV, skip this step.
If you connect the set-top box (STB) for your cable or satellite TV provider to your console, you can control live TV content through your Xbox One X. Here's how:
- On your TV, disconnect the HDMI cable that connects your TV to your STB.
- Connect the cable to the HDMI IN port on your console (the rightmost of the HDMI ports on the back of your console).
Step 6: Connect the console to your router or modem (wired connection only)
You can connect your Xbox One X to your wireless router or modem to access the Internet through your console.
If you want to connect wirelessly, skip this step. You’ll be prompted to connect to a wireless network later, during digital setup.
For a wired connection, use an Ethernet cable to connect your router or modem to the networking port on the right side of the back of the console.
Step 7: Connect the console to a Kinect sensor (optional)
To use an Xbox One Kinect sensor with a new Xbox One X console, you'll need an Xbox Kinect Adapter. This adapter lets you connect your Xbox One Kinect sensor to the Xbox One X console.
Note The Xbox 360 Kinect sensor isn’t compatible with Xbox One.
To learn how to set up and use an Xbox One Kinect sensor with an Xbox One X console, see How to use an Xbox One Kinect sensor with an Xbox One console.
Step 8: Connect a USB 3.0 external storage device (optional)
You can use an external storage drive to save games, apps, and console settings for your new Xbox One.
The external storage device must:
- Use a USB 3.0 connection. If you’re using a USB hub, the hub must also be USB 3.0 or later.
- Have at least 256 GB of storage.
- Have a partition. Typically, drives come with a preformatted partition. For more information on partitioning an external hard drive, refer to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Devices that don’t meet these requirements are treated as storage for media like music or video. For more information, see How to manage storage on Xbox One.
New users to Xbox One
Once you complete the digital setup of your new console, your Xbox prompts you to format your external storage device if you want to use it to store your Xbox games and apps. If you want to use this device for personal media such as pictures, music, and video, you can choose to keep the device as media storage and the drive will not be formatted.
Important Make sure you don’t have any important information stored on your hard drive before you select Format for games & apps. Reformatting the drive makes all data already stored on it unrecoverable.
If you’re not prompted to format the drive, or you choose to cancel formatting, you can set it up later:
- Open the guide and select System > All Settings > System > Storage.
- Select your device, and then select Format for games & apps.
If your Xbox doesn’t recognize your external drive, see Troubleshoot external storage detection on Xbox One.
Note Xbox only recognizes three external drives at one time.
Users upgrading or adding an additional Xbox One
If you’re upgrading or adding an additional Xbox One, using an external storage device can make digital setup faster and simpler. You can back up your settings and copy all your favorite games and apps from your original Xbox One to this external storage device. For instructions on how to back up your settings, see Back up your settings.
Important Backups don’t include settings for things that might be different on your new Xbox, such as console name or the ability to control a specific TV, cable box, or audio/video receiver.
There are three USB 3.0 ports on the Xbox One console: two on the back, and one either on the front (Xbox One S and Xbox One X) or on the left side (original Xbox One). Connect the external storage device to any of the available USB 3.0 ports. For more information on using additional USB devices with your Xbox One, see Using the USB ports on your Xbox One console.
Note As a best practice, make sure all the cables on the back of your console are gathered away from the console so that they’re not touching it.
Step 9: Plug in the power cord
Follow these steps to connect your console’s power cord and complete connection setup of your console:
- Plug the power cord into the leftmost port on the back of the Xbox One X console.
- Plug the other end of the power cord into an electrical outlet.
Note As a best practice, make sure all the cables on the back of your console are gathered away from and the console so that they’re not touching it.
Now that you’ve set up the console, it’s time to power it on and set up your system.
Step 10: Begin your digital setup
Once your console is set up, you can power it up for the first time. You can do this one of two ways:
- Press the Xbox button on the front-right of the console.
- Press the Xbox button in the center of the controller.
Pressing either button turns the console on.
Turning on the Xbox One console for the first time begins the digital setup experience.
Before you begin setup, make sure your Xbox One controller is handy and has fresh batteries.
For more on the Xbox One Wireless Controller, go to Standard Xbox One Wireless Controller overview.
For information on how to connect an Xbox One Wireless Controller to your Xbox One console, go to Connect a wireless Xbox One controller to your console.
Your Xbox One controller is how you navigate your Xbox One console. For now, just remember to use the directional pad to highlight the setting that you want, and then press the A button to select and save your choices.
Press the A button to continue with your digital setup.
If there’s an external storage device that has Back up settings stored on it plugged into your console, your console will now detect this device.