How to update to the New Xbox One Experience

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Rejoice! Microsoft is finally rolling out the much-anticipated New Xbox One Experience – a complete overhaul to the current, Windows 8 powered Xbox One UI that is finally being replaced with a cleaner, faster, and more intuitive Windows 10 solution. The update began rolling out earlier today, but if you still haven’t managed to get the download going here’s a few things you can try.

Firstly, the download itself isn’t terribly big. The whole update rings in at around 1,2GB, which is larger than the interim 250MB updates that preview members are used to. That’s because the update is bringing together a host of fixes that regular Xbox One users haven’t received yet, but even then it’s not an obscene download size for a complete UI rework.

If your Xbox One is currently in Instant-On power mode, the update should be downloaded automatically. Since it’s a global rollout, starting at 10:00 today, the exact time of this is a little uncertain, so if you’re not in front of your console right now it might not update by the time you’re home. That’s the same for any console not in Instant-On mode – which blocks any automatic downloads entirely.

If you’re impatient, you can force the update by navigating to Settings, then System and then simply manually check for an update. It will see the New Xbox One Experience and begin the download, which is surprisingly fast for its file size. The standard console restart will then take place and boom, you’re running the next generation of Xbox One software that should finally fix everything wrong with the old Metro-inspired UI. Especially its crawling navigation speed.

If you’re still unsure of all the features the update is bringing to your console, check out the overview below courtesy of Major Nelson. And let us know how the New Xbox One Experience is working out for you.

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Last Updated: November 12, 2015

Alessandro Barbosa

You can all call me Sandy until I figure out how to edit this thing, which is probably never. Sandy not good enough? Call me xXx_J0k3R_360degreeN0Sc0pe_xXx. Also, Geoff's a bastard.

  • miaau

    Yeah. I thought it was out on Tuesday passed. Oops.

    Interested to see the changes. And see if Mass Effect 1 works. What about my progress in ME1, the amount of play throughs that gets you extra skills and more starting money?

    • Gardos

      Apparently backward compatibility will only be available a little while after the update has been downloaded (don’t know how or why). At least that’s how I interpreted it. It should only be a matter of hours after you’ve received the update so you won’t have to wait too long.

      • WitWolfy

        Yes you will.. To download a 7GB to 9GB 360 game can take a while.. Took me like 10 to 12 hours just to download ME on the preview dash with my 4MB line.

        • Gardos

          True! What I meant was you shouldn’t have to wait too long for your games to show up. Downloading them is whole different kettle of fish.

  • Hammersteyn
    • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

      When realizing your updates have more updates after the updating of your updates

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        Why’s he so upset? He can still be an adventurer.

        • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

          He already has the wounds, as well as the crazy helmet hair and pants

        • VampyreSquirrel

          Yep, it’s not an arrow to the knee… It’s a spear to the femur.

        • lol

    • Fox1 – Retro

      Received that screen on Windows 10 this morning 😛

      • Gardos

        Every morning…

  • Ryan Andre Lotter

    Download is done and dusted…installed….HOWEVER none of my backwards compatible game are listed yet under the ready to download area and it also does not appear on the website…so I guess that rolls out a bit later.
    The interface is definitely showing the speed improvements promised…well it’s either that, or I am dreaming it 😀

    • miaau

      DVD required if you did not purchase digital, that much I know

      • WitWolfy

        DVD is required yes.. but it downloads the entire Xbox One ported version from their servers.

        So Sony saying it isnt possible is talking BS! All they need is to port it all over and place it on a server.. PFFFT as if that will ever happen.

    • Alessandro Barbosa

      Yeah the backwards stuff is coming out later today – you library should be full of games latest tomorrow 🙂

      • Ryan Andre Lotter

        Sigh….guess they are timing it for the US Market then

        • WitWolfy

          Yes they are. On Major Douche’s page I told them we dont have 50MB lines, most of us are on 6MB or 4MB. So now we have to download at a later stage on a slower connection, so that they can cater to their own?

          No wonder Sony is kicking their ass in the sales department!

  • WitWolfy

    Dont bother non of the 104 BC games work (except the one s that were on the preview dash). Bitched in the prev article about it, and even on facebook.

    • Alessandro Barbosa

      Functionality for backwards compatibility is out later today.

      • WitWolfy

        10PM tonight to be precise.

  • WitWolfy

    Update: 8 hours later still no BC support for disc games like AC 2 and most games just say “bundle” in the xbox store when using the console…

    This roll out is a disaster..

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