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How to Upgrade Your Standard Xbox One to the New Xbox One X

The Microsoft Xbox One video game console first made headlines in late 2013 when it was released across North America and Europe. Although it was touted by many as the next big thing in video gaming, it lacked one key feature – support for the upcoming 4K video technology that would soon be dominating the world of consumer televisions.

In order to rectify this, and to provide some general performance enhancements all around, Microsoft recently released the Xbox One X. Although it is a separate machine entirely, the process of upgrading and transferring your files is straightforward and painless.

Examining All The Options

Microsoft has already laid out several options for transferring your files from your existing Xbox One console to the new Xbox One X. Feel free to choose whichever method works best for you.

1. External Storage: This is the easiest and most straightforward method, and it works with all of your files – app and game data, individual game saves and user settings. Simply plug an external storage device into your current console and begin copying the data. Depending on the amount of data on your Xbox One console, this process could take several hours. Once finished, plug the external HD into your new Xbox One X and transfer the files. Again, this could be a lengthy process.

2. Home Network: Microsoft has stated that users will be able to transfer all of their files, including app and game data, individual game saves and user settings, via their Home Network. It’s unclear how this will work, as they haven’t detailed the process, but it will be quicker than re-downloading every single app and game from the Internet.

3. 4K Updates: Some games already give you the option of downloading early updates and patches with built-in 4K functionality. Because these patches are rather large in size, this gives you the convenience of downloading them now, onto your existing console, and transferring them over when your new Xbox One X finally arrives. Although this is a handy option, this process is specific to each game. Others will still need to be transferred, copied or re-downloaded at a later date anyway.

As you can see, Microsoft makes it as easy as possible to transfer your existing games, apps and files to your new system. With three distinct options available for upgrading, users will have no problem finding a method that works best with their personal schedule.

Looking Forward to the Microsoft Xbox One X and the future of Gaming

With a final release date set for November 7, 2017, it won’t be long before users finally get their hands on the new console. Microsoft has already announced support for more than 100 games at launch, and there will be many more coming in the weeks, months and years ahead. Whether or not the Xbox One X lives up to the hype is anybody’s guess, but one thing is for sure: gamers will be able to take full advantage of their 4K televisions this Holiday season.


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