Save Christmas: Update Your New Consoles Before You Wrap Them

A little preparation now can save a lot of headaches on Christmas

Christmas Console Setup 101

Like it or not, the connected nature of the modern gaming world means that installs, downloads, setups and updates are all a required part of enjoying your new gaming console. So, do your loved ones a favor and crack that console box open early so you can have it set up and ready to go as soon as they tear open the wrapping paper.

Here are the steps you need to take to ensure that your new gaming systems is ready to play.

Hook Up To The Internet

Setting up a new console is actually a pretty painless process in 2018. All three main new consoles start up with a special walkthrough for you. And best of all, once you get the system hooked up to the internet it will automatically check for the latest updates for you.

So yes, it really is as easy as taking it out of the box and hooking it up to your TV. A word of warning though, these updates can take a while depending on your internet connection, so make sure you star the process over night.


Install Games

Even if you bought a game on a disc for the PS4 or Xbox One, that game will need to be installed and it will have updates as well. Once the console has finished it’s updates, drop that disc into the system and let it install. Once again, this could take several hours depending on the speed of your internet connection and the size of the updates.

Installing digital games is a bit trickier as the console will need an account associated with it. If your young one already has an account, it might be best to let them handle this side of things, even if it means they have to wait longer to play their games.

If you know their account login info, or if you want to set up a new account, feel free to go ahead and start installing their new digital games you purchased. This is always done with a small code that can be entered on the store page of each respective console.

AGAIN, make sure you have the console well hidden. Some games like Halo 5 and Red Dead Redemption 2 can have install sizes around 100 GB, so even on a fast connection this will take hours.


Set Up Parental Controls

If you are buying the console for a younger gamer, you may want to take this time to set up the built-in parental controls. These can be used to manage time allowed to play, and you can also set barriers for what types of games and content can be played on the system. If you don’t want little Susan playing Grand Theft Auto, this is the menu you need.


That’s It!

Thanks to these few steps, your little bundle of joy can start playing with their new gaming console the moment it comes out of the box. We are sure that some of you might be concerned with “robbing the experience” of opening the boxes for the first time, but we promise the kids won’t care. Being able to play their new games right away will be more important than cutting a piece of tape holding a box together.

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