Games play best on Xbox One, but if you haven’t already made the jump, we’ve got a couple great deals kicking off as early as today for Xbox One S and Xbox One X.

In the U.S. and Canada, there are great savings on Xbox One S bundles, including the new Xbox One S PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Bundle launching February 20 and available for pre-order today.

  • In Canada, starting today, February 15, through February 23, save $60 CAD on 1TB Xbox One S bundles
  • In the U.S., starting February 18 through March 3, save $50 USD on Xbox One S bundles

Also, back by popular demand, we’re bringing back the offer where every Xbox One X purchase will come with a digital copy of the Xbox console launch exclusive PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. The promotion will be available in most Xbox One markets for a limited time – starting February 18 through March 4. Start and end dates will vary by market – in the U.S., the promotion runs from February 18 through February 24 – so you’ll want to check with your local retailer for more information including, Microsoft Store near you or online. Here’s a quick overview of where the promotion will be available:

  • Available in Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom, the United States and select Latin American countries starting February 18
  • Available in Australia, India, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore and select European, Middle Eastern and African countries starting February 20

The Xbox One gaming experience features a robust library of titles with more than 1,300 games and 220 exclusives available today, including Backward Compatible titles that make Xbox One the only console system to play the best games of the past, present and future. It’s also the only console where you can play the hottest game on the planet, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, now with more than 4 million players across the Xbox One family of devices.

In addition to having a comprehensive games library at one’s fingertips, Xbox One X and Xbox One S owners have access to a full suite of exclusive services like Xbox Game Pass, Xbox Play Anywhere and Xbox Live – the fastest, most reliable gaming network. Fans can also enjoy the ultimate 4K entertainment experience with a built-in 4K UHD Blu-ray player and premium audio with Dolby Atmos support.

Whether you’re gaming on Xbox One X or Xbox One S, there’s never been a better time to join your friends on Xbox.

For more information on Xbox One, visit xbox.com or Microsoft Store.

Phil Spencer, Head of Gaming at Xbox, discusses a major update to the Xbox Game Pass program. Details below:

When we launched Xbox Game Pass in June 2017, we knew we wanted to craft a service with gamers in mind. That meant a diverse, expanding library of over 100 games and counting, matched with one monthly price and unlimited access to download and play full-fidelity experiences.

We’ve been blown away by the incredible response. Following launch, we heard from fans around the world who wanted Xbox Game Pass in their country. In September, we expanded globally and Xbox Game Pass is now available to fans in 40 countries. We’ve also continued to expand the catalog with new games added to the Xbox Game Pass library every month, so there is always something new to play.

We know our fans value having a variety of games to play at a low monthly price. We’ve also heard from fans that the ability to play new blockbuster games in Xbox Game Pass is important. So we’ve continued to explore new ideas to make this possible.

Today, we’re excited to announce plans for a major expansion to Xbox Game Pass that underscores our commitment to deliver our fans the ultimate gaming subscription service.

Moving forward, we plan to release all new Xbox One exclusive games from Microsoft Studios into Xbox Game Pass on the same date as their global release. This means that when Sea of Thieves launches on March 20, it will be included in Xbox Game Pass to all members.

This plan to bring new games timed with their global release into Xbox Game Pass not only includes announced titles like Sea of Thieves, State of Decay 2, and Crackdown 3 but future unannounced games from Microsoft Studios including new iterations of our biggest Xbox One exclusive franchises such as Halo, Forza and Gears of War, on the same day they launch.

Our fans have also asked for more choice in the subscription offerings available for Xbox Game Pass. As part of today’s library expansion, we are also pleased to announce that we are working closely with our retail partners, such as GameStop, to offer a 6-month Xbox Game Pass subscription card for those fans who look for a variety of ways to purchase and enjoy new games and services. The 6-month Xbox Game Pass subscription card will be available at select retail partners for $59.99 beginning March 20. By working closely with retail partners, Xbox Game Pass will have valuable ambassadors in popular destinations for gamers to discover new and exciting games and enjoy community.

With the addition of more great games, new blockbuster releases and a new subscription offer, we are giving fans more choice and value in how they discover and enjoy games – purchase games for their permanent library or play through Xbox Game Pass for one low price.

We’ve only scratched the surface of the opportunity this new model brings to the industry and what we can deliver to our fans. We firmly believe Xbox Game Pass will be a catalyst to create new opportunities for game developers and publishers to innovate in the way games are developed and delivered, leading to entirely new ways to play.

We’re truly humbled by the incredible response we’ve received to date for Xbox Game Pass, and we look forward to offering an unprecedented choice and value with Xbox Game Pass this spring and beyond.

Phil Spencer
Twitter: @XboxP3
GT: P3

Will Tuttle, Xbox Wire Editor in Chief, shares some of the biggest moments in 2017 for Microsoft and the Xbox team.

During E3 this year, we showed the biggest and most diverse Xbox games lineup ever. Many of those games are coming in 2018, and as gamers we cannot wait to share them with fans. Among Microsoft Studios exclusives games are new IP like Sea of Thieves (launching March 20), deep gameplay in fan-favorite franchises like State of Decay 2, and the explosive return of a celebrated franchise to Xbox with Crackdown 3 – all releasing on Xbox One and PC. That’s in addition to all the great ID@Xbox and cross-platform games (more on that below), and as well as other unannounced surprises to come.

As we prepare to step into the new year, it’s a great time to reflect on our favorite gaming moments of 2017 on Xbox and PC. We released the world’s most powerful console Xbox One X with the largest games lineup in Xbox history, including more than 1,300 titles and over 220 exclusives. Among those were incredible 2017 releases from Microsoft Studios, third party publishers and innovative independent developers, with over 85 specifically enhanced to take advantage of the power of Xbox One X. We also offered new ways for gamers to access content, interact with spectators and participate in the game development process.

The excitement capped recently with The Game Awards, where Forza Motorsport 7 took home Best Sports/Racing Game, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds won Best Multiplayer Game, and Cuphead snagged three awards, including Best Independent Game.

Join us as we look back at our top 10 games moments of 2017.

  1. The World’s Most Powerful Console Launches

Reception to Xbox One X has been incredible and we’re so grateful for our fans. One of the things we’ve enjoyed most is seeing how developers are taking advantage of the world’s most powerful console, with 4K Ultra HD, HDR, Dolby Atmos and other exciting features and improvements. Xbox One X truly is the best place to experience games with many enhanced games available and more adding support as we move into 2018.

  1. The Biggest PC Game of 2017 Comes Exclusively to Console on Xbox One

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds took the gaming world by storm in 2017. Over 25 million players experienced PUBG on PC and console fans got a shot at winning their own chicken dinners with its exclusive release on Xbox One as part of the Xbox Game Preview program last week. The reception from Xbox fans has been phenomenal with over one million copies sold in the first 48 hours alone. Through the Xbox Game Preview program, fans get to be a part of the development process, and PUBG on Xbox One will continually receive content updates including the new desert map, Miramar, optimizations, and more exciting stuff in the months ahead.

  1. Xbox Game Pass Opens up a New Way to Play

Launching Xbox Game Pass was a big moment for Xbox this year. Giving fans more options to diversify and expand their library of games, as well as discover new experiences has been important to us, which is what we set out to achieve with Xbox Game Pass. We have been excited by the amazing fan reaction and engagement with Xbox Game Pass, which gives unlimited access to over 100 great games on Xbox One.

  1. Xbox is the Best Place to Play Multi-Platform Games

This past year, we worked with fantastic publishers and developers across the industry to make Xbox the best place to play their games. Players responded by playing more than 1,870 third-party games for over 12 billion hours. The Xbox community demonstrated how Xbox Live is the fastest and most reliable gaming network by logging in more than 3.7 billion hours in multiplayer across games from our partners. This has inspired our partners to enhance over 80 Xbox One X games with any combination of benefits like faster loading times, higher resolution textures, HDR support or steadier framerates. We’re looking forward to a great 2018 full of new games and even more Enhanced games with our players and partners.

  1. Forza Motorsport 7 Sets a New Bar

Throughout the years, Turn 10 Studios has worked hard to push the award-winning Forza franchise to new heights, and the pinnacle (so far) was this year’s Forza Motorsport 7 – a game built from the ground up to showcase native 4K gaming at 60 frames per second on Xbox One X. It was an honor bringing the community the most comprehensive, beautiful and authentic racing game ever made. In September alone, more than 7.9 million unique players raced in the Forza community. Next up is the Xbox One X Enhanced version of Forza Horizon 3 coming January 15, and we’ll have more exciting news in the months to come.

  1. Original Xbox Games Join Backward Compatibility Collection

One of the big highlights this year was bringing Original Xbox classics into the Xbox One Backward Compatibility program. Compatibility is important to Xbox, to developers and their games, and our community. In 2017, we added 136 Xbox 360, 13 Original Xbox and seven enhanced Xbox 360 titles, which helped contribute to the more than 400 titles available today and 740 million hours of Backward Compatible games played to-date.

  1. Independent Developers Drive Innovation

Every year, we look back at all the great games released by independent developers around the world, and 2017 was a banner year for great independent games. First off, we launched the Xbox Live Creators Program in August and it’s already flourishing with more than 100 games playable on Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs today. And ID@Xbox continues to be the home for creativity, innovation, and just plain rad games. From console exclusive Cuphead to Thimbleweed Park, What Remains of Edith Finch to Aer, or Fortnite to Tacoma, and favorites like Ark, Smite, Warframe and Rocket League ID@Xbox has fast become a super relevant way for independent developers to bring their creations to the Xbox One and Windows 10 community. With Deep Rock Galactic, Battlerite, The Darwin Project, Black Desert, Full Metal Furies, Robocraft, Below and hundreds of others in the pipeline for 2018, 2017 may get a run for its money!

  1. Minecraft Becomes First Game Ever to Unify Players on PC, Mobile, and Console

2017 was a year focused on breaking down barriers for Minecraft. With the release of cross-device multiplayer in the Better Together Update, Mojang and the Minecraft team brought tens of millions of Minecraft players together on the game they love where they want, when they want and on the device they want. In 2018, Minecraft players can look forward to cross-device multiplayer on Nintendo Switch, a whole new world of under-the-sea adventures with the Update Aquatic, a spiffy new graphics engine powering the Super Duper Graphics Pack, and more.

  1. Mixer Unlocks New Interactive Streaming Experiences

For the Mixer team, 2017 was about community growth and innovation. We welcomed a ton of new streamers, expanded our existing communities and added new ones, and made huge investments in new features like 4-person Co-Streaming, Mixer HypeZone and our new mobile app for iOS and Android that make Mixer the best place to stream and watch for console, PC, and mobile gamers alike. Seeing communities, creators and game developers unite around new experiences on Mixer has been incredible – Telltale Games using “Crowd Play” enables the audience to control story decisions, for example, or developers using new means of interactivity in Minecraft, The Darwin Project, Death’s Door and more. 2018 will bring even more interactive games as well as new capabilities for streamers.

  1. Reinvesting in Age of Empires

Celebrating the 20-year anniversary of the Age of Empires franchise with the community at gamescom this year was epic. We announced Age of Empires IV there, which has long been on many fan wish lists. Add that we are partnering with Relic Entertainment, one of the best RTS developers in the world, and there is a lot to look forward to with the storied PC franchise. It’s just the beginning, as Age of Empires: Definitive Edition launches early next year, and Definitive Editions of Age of Empires II and Age of Empires III are planned in the future.

  1. The SteamVR library comes to Windows Mixed Reality

The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update brings mixed reality to your PC this holiday season, and along with it a catalog of over 2000 of the most popular VR games available with SteamVR. Windows Mixed Reality headsets don’t require any external cameras or sensors, and set up in just minutes so you can enjoy the immersive action of the top VR games available today, along with all of the apps in the Microsoft Store.

On behalf of the entire Xbox team, thank you to all Xbox fans. You are what makes gaming on Xbox great and the motivation that drives our team. 2018 is going to be an amazing year, and we can’t wait to share it with you.

If you haven’t already, be sure to check out your own personal Xbox Year-in-Review to see how you gamed in 2017. Happy holidays!

Earlier this week, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) released as a console launch exclusive on Xbox One in the Xbox Game Preview program, bringing the hottest multiplayer game of the year to console for the first time. Xbox fan excitement for the launch has been incredible, with more than 1 million players on Xbox One in its first 48 hours alone.

Released as part of the Xbox Game Preview program – in which players can preview and purchase work-in-progress digital titles, participate in the development process and help developers make Xbox One games the best they can be – in the weeks and months ahead PUBG on Xbox One will continue to receive enhancements, new content updates including the new desert map, “Miramar,” optimizations and more.

Today, in celebration of PUBG coming to the hottest console of the season, we’re excited to announce a special holiday promotion where every Xbox One X purchase will come with a copy of PUBG! That means you can join in on gaming’s biggest phenomenon and jump right into the ultimate battle royale experience on Xbox One. The promotion is available in select regions for a limited time, starting Dec. 17 through Dec. 31. For more information, please check with your local retailer, including your local Microsoft Store, whether you’re shopping in a physical store, online or through your Xbox device.

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As previously announced, you can gift select Xbox One digital games and downloadable game content (durables only) as well as Xbox Live Gold (not available in all regions) and Xbox Game Pass subscriptions, right from Microsoft Store on the Xbox One family of devices, Windows 10, or online – just in time for the holidays.

Here’s what you need to know about giving or receiving a game gift:

In Microsoft Store on Xbox One, those giving gifts can enter the email address of the gift recipient, or choose a Gamertag from their Xbox Live friends. In Microsoft Store on Windows 10 and online, customers will need to know the email of the recipient in order to send a gift.

Gift recipients will receive a code for their digital gift via an email message that contains instructions on how to redeem the code. The email is sent immediately upon gift purchase. In addition to receiving a gift message via email, on Xbox, gift recipients will receive a system message from Xbox Live containing the code for the digital item along with a “one-click” redemption button to streamline code redemption.

Read more about gift giving over at Xbox Wire.

To celebrate this new feature, we are giving away some gifts of our own over the next couple of weeks!

I will be giving away three Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition consoles over the next few weeks. A winner will randomly be selected on December 08th, 15th and 22nd. You only need to enter once to be eligible to win in all three random drawings. I will update this post each week with the winner, so be sure to check back to see if you’ve won.

  • How do you enter for a chance to win?

Simple. All you have to do is answer the question and submit your entry using the below form:

Project Scorpio Xbox One X Giveaway

Note: Do NOT leave an entry in the comments or on Twitter. Only entries using the entry form above will be accepted.

  • What can you win?

Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition console (1TB) – includes console, vertical stand, Project Scorpio Edition wireless controller and Xbox Game Pass subscription (1 month).

 

  • What are the rules?

Submit your entry using the form above.

Do not @ reply me on Twitter or leave a comment below. That will not count!

Deadline to enter is 7:00 pm ET / 4:00 pm PT on Thursday, 21 December. One entry per person. Contest is open to everyone but prize availability might not be available in all regions. The winners will be notified on December 08th, 15th and 22nd.

I will update this post with a list of the winners and/or their Gamer Tags after they have redeemed the prize.

Have fun and good luck!

Note: Any winner who does not respond to my email notification within 72 hours will forfeit the prize. Only entries received at www.majornelson.com using the submission form will be considered. For more information on contest rules, please visit this website.

UPDATE: Congratulations to Sebastian (GT: Violentdonut102) for winning the first Project Scorpio console, Laura from the UK for winning the second Project Scorpio console and Trevor (GT: Addington) for winning the third Project Scorpio console.

Matt Lapsen, General Manager of Xbox Devices Marketing, shares some details on the consoles and accessories available this holiday season.

It’s been an exciting year for Team Xbox. Just a couple days ago, on Nov. 7, we launched the world’s most powerful console, Xbox One X, which joins Xbox One S in the Xbox One family of devices. The Xbox One gaming experience features a robust library of titles with more than 1,300 games and 220 exclusives available today, including Backward Compatible titles that help make Xbox One the only console system to play the best games of the past, present and future. More titles are on the way as well, including the hottest game on the planet PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, releasing as an Xbox One console launch exclusive Dec. 12, 2017.

In addition, both Xbox One X and Xbox One S offer fans a variety of features that make Xbox One the best place to enjoy gaming and 4K entertainment, including:

For a limited time, everyone in the U.S. can take advantage of special offers at participating retailers, including:

  • From now through Nov. 18, buy any Xbox One S bundle starting at $249 USD and get an additional game of your choice at no extra cost
  • From now through Nov. 18, buy an Xbox One X and save $50 on Xbox Elite Wireless Controller
  • From now through Nov. 18, save $10 on select Xbox Wireless Controllers

See below for an overview of all the various Xbox hardware options available now, and make sure to check with participating retailers – including your local Microsoft Store, whether you’re shopping in a physical store, online or through your Xbox device – for more information on availability and pricing.

Xbox One X

Xbox One X is both the most powerful console in the world and the smallest Xbox ever built, capable of true 4K gaming. With 40 percent more power than any other console, Xbox One X is where console gamers can play the best versions of games. More than 50 Xbox One X Enhanced games are available now, including Forza Motorsport 7, Super Lucky’s Tale, Assassin’s Creed Origins, Middle-earth: Shadow of War and FIFA 18, with more on the way. Additionally, Xbox One X makes your existing library even better, with higher-resolution textures, smoother frame rates and faster load times, even on a 1080p TV. Xbox One X is currently available in 35 Xbox One markets with more coming soon, and retails at $499 USD. Fans are encouraged to buy the new console early this holiday season before quantities run out. For the latest on where to buy Xbox One X, visit xbox.com/xboxonex.

Xbox One S Bundles

Xbox One S offers the best value in 4K entertainment, with bundles starting at $279 USD. See below for all the different Xbox One S bundles available this holiday season. Availability and pricing varies by market, so please check with your local retailer for more information.

*Xbox One S Forza Horizon 3 Hot Wheels Bundle. ($279 USD). Features a 500GB hard drive, Xbox Wireless Controller, full-game download of Forza Horizon 3 with the Hot Wheels expansion, 14-day Xbox Live Gold trial and 1-month Xbox Game Pass membership.

*Xbox One S Minecraft Limited Edition Bundle ($399 USD). Features a 1TB hard drive, Xbox Wireless Controller – Minecraft Creeper, Xbox One S Vertical Stand, full-game download of Minecraft with the Redstone Pack, 14-day Xbox Live Gold trial and 1-month Xbox Game Pass membership.

*Xbox One S Minecraft Complete Adventure Bundle ($279 USD). Features a 500GB hard drive, Xbox Wireless Controller, full-game download of Minecraft, full add-on download of the Minecraft Explorer’s pack, full-game download code of Minecraft: Story Mode Season 1 – The Complete Adventure (Episodes 1-8), 3-month Xbox Live Gold subscription and 1-month Xbox Game Pass membership.

*Xbox One S Assassin’s Creed Origins Bundle (£229 GBP / €279 EUR): Features a 500GB hard drive, Xbox Wireless Controller, full-game download of Assassin’s Creed Origins, 14-day Xbox Live Gold trial and 1-month Xbox Game Pass membership.

*Xbox One S Assassin’s Creed Origins Bonus Bundle ($279 USD): Features a 1TB hard drive, Xbox Wireless Controller, full-game download of Assassin’s Creed Origins, full-game download of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, 14-day Xbox Live Gold trial and 1-month Xbox Game Pass membership.

*Xbox One S Madden NFL 18 Bundle ($279 USD). Features a 500GB hard drive, Xbox Wireless Controller, full-game download of Madden NFL 18, 20 percent discount code on com, 14-day trial subscription to Xbox Live Gold and 1-month Xbox Game Pass membership.

*Xbox One S Rocket League Blast-Off Bundle (£229 GBP/€279 EUR). Features a 500GB hard drive, Xbox Wireless Controller, full-game download of Rocket League, 3-month Xbox Live Gold subscription and 1-month Xbox Game Pass membership.

*Xbox One S Shadow of War Bundles (starting at $279 USD): Features either a 500GB or 1TB hard drive, Xbox Wireless Controller, full-game download of Middle-earth: Shadow of War, 1-month subscription to Xbox Live Gold and 1-month membership to Xbox Game Pass.

*Xbox One S Starter Bundle ($279 USD). Features a 500GB hard drive, Xbox Wireless Controller, 3-month Xbox Live Gold subscription and 3-month Xbox Game Pass membership.

*Xbox One S Ultimate Halo Bundle ($279 USD). Features a 500GB hard drive, Xbox Wireless Controller, full-game downloads of Halo 5: Guardians and Halo: The Master Chief Collection, 14-day Xbox Live Gold trial and 1-month Xbox Game Pass membership.

Xbox Accessories

In addition to your Xbox One console, fans have several controller options to choose from to take their gaming to the next level:

*Xbox Design Lab (starting at $79.99 USD). This year, we introduced even more customization options, giving Xbox fans over a billion design combinations to choose from, including new color options, thumbstick colors, metallic finishes for D-pads and triggers and black rubberized grips. We also recently introduced the Xbox Wireless Controller – NFL, giving fans in the U.S. yet another way to personalize their Xbox experience. Xbox Design Lab is available to residents in Canada, France, Germany, the U.K, the U.S. and more than 20 additional European countries.

*Xbox Elite Wireless Controller ($149.99 USD). For fans looking for professional-level customization, look no further than the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller. The controller was built from the ground up to meet the rigorous demands of hardcore, competitive-level gamers, and offers various options to adjust unique elements of the controller for better control, precision and comfort.

*New Xbox Wireless Controller options. In addition to Xbox Design Lab and the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller, fans can expand their collection of Xbox Wireless Controllers with a bevy of special edition and limited edition designs, including Minecraft Pig, Minecraft Creeper, Patrol Tech Special Edition, Green/Grey and Volcano Shadow, starting at $64.99 USD. Every Xbox Wireless Controller features textured grip for enhanced comfort and Bluetooth technology for gaming on Windows 10.

With Xbox One, you can create your perfect gaming experience this holiday, choosing from  a multi-faceted lineup of new consoles and accessories.

When you pick up your Xbox One X on November 7, you’ll experience many of the latest cutting-edge technology features that will be focused in gaming for years to come like 4K Ultra HD, High Dynamic Range, or HDR as it’s better known, as well as Spatial Audio. To help showcase these new features to you, even if you may not have the 4K display to run, we developed an interactive video known as “Insects.”

Originally developed by the Xbox Advanced Technology Group for game developers, “Insects” was designed to help teams easily see and hear just how the dramatic the differences can be between the various technologies.

Over time, the team realized how fun and effective the experience was, and so we’re making it publicly available the same day that Xbox One X launches, on November 7 to be viewed on your console. “Insects” will be available to download from the Microsoft Store on your console.

If you don’t have an Xbox One X to experience this interactive video, we have included a variety of screenshots here that showcase all the elements of the video to give you a sense of what features like HDR and 4K bring to your games.

On Xbox One X, the beauty of “Insects” is the option to toggle between the various formats. Once you’ve completed the initial Guided Tour, you can, at any time, turn 4K on or off, as well as HDR and Spatial Audio. You can also pause the experience and zoom in on various elements.

Better yet, you can even change the time of day and alter the colors of the ladybug and flowers, all while toggling 4K, HDR, and Spatial Audio on or off to your heart’s delight. Also, if you download Insects on an Xbox One X and display it on a 1080p display, switching 4K mode on and off will showcase super-sampling in all its beauty.

If you really want to dig into the details, you can even use Pixel Highlighting to show you what areas of the scene are being affected by HDR or Wide Color Gamut. We think you’ll find it remarkable to see the detail pop into focus when you turn 4K back on, or see the range of detail and color when you do the same with HDR. Our personal favorite is switching HDR on and off at night and looking at the moon. It’s such a simple, but great illustration of the technology.

We hope you enjoy the “Insects” video experience on Xbox One X and we can’t wait for you to feel true power when the world’s most powerful console launches on November 7.

Here are some steps to help migrate from Xbox One to Xbox One X. Details below and don’t forget to check out Xbox Wire for more Xbox related news.

The Xbox One X is launching next week, ushering in a brand-new era of 4K console gaming. In the video above, I share several great new features that you can take advantage of right now to help you get up and running as quickly as possible with the games, content, and settings you want on Xbox One X. We’re here to break each of those features down.

Pre-downloading 4K assets

You can pre-download 4K assets for many Xbox One X Enhanced games ahead of launch. After-all, on November 7 you’re going to want to soak in the Xbox One X Enhanced glory with zero delay.

Simply go to Settings, then System, and finally choose Backup and transfer.

You’ll see an option for Download 4K game content right here. Simply tap A to check the box. You can also go to Settings, System, then Updates and check the box for Keep my games and apps up to date. That way the 4K content will download on its own as it becomes available.

Backing Up Your Settings

Head back up to the Backup and Transfer settings. Here you’ll see Back Up My Settings. This will allow you to transfer your account and key system settings, such as notification preferences, over to your new Xbox One X. If you enable this feature, your settings will be copied to a hard drive. Simply have that hard drive connected when you fire up your Xbox One X for the first time and you’ll be able to import your settings.

Transferring Using Network Transfer

Also under Backup and transfer is the network transfer option. This feature allows you to copy games and apps from your current console to your new console using your home network. You’ll just need to be sure both consoles are connected to the network. And don’t worry, because the feature uses your local area network, it won’t use any of your internet bandwidth.

Transferring with an External Hard Drive

If you have a supported external hard drive, though, we recommend that you use that to transfer games over to your Xbox One X. After all, if they’re on a hard drive, you can just plug it in and away you go to far off lands of Xbox One X Enhanced splendor—no waiting required.

Luckily, the team has enabled bulk transfer across storage devices. Simply go to Settings, System, and then choose Storage. From here, you can choose which drive you want to manage. In this case, we’ll choose the Internal drive. From here, you can manually select what you want to move or copy, or even better, you can choose Select all.

Once you’ve selected the games and apps you want to manage, you can choose to Copy or Move them to the supported external drive of your choice.

By using these great features, you can help ensure the quickest possible path to enjoying Xbox One X with the games, apps, and settings you want.

Finding Your Xbox One X Enhanced Games

Once you’re up and running, you’re going to want to know which games are already Xbox One X Enhanced! You can always go to xbox.com/enhanced for an official look at which games have shipped their Xbox One X Enhanced update.

On your console, you can use the Xbox One X Enhanced filter under My Games & Apps to see which games have an update. Again, be sure to enable automatic updates in Settings, System, and then Updates. That way you don’t have to manually download updates when they’re available.

If prefer not to use automatic updates, you can always check the Updates section of My Games & Apps to see which games have an update available.

Of course, you can always check that your game is running the latest version by simply launching it. If it launches, you have the latest version—it’s as simple as that!

To read more about the launch of the Xbox One X and other Xbox related news, check out Xbox Wire.