Day One Update Now Only Available Via Xbox Live
Posted by Ken Barnes
Yesterday, Microsoft published details of how you could obtain the Xbox One "Day One" update (which is required in order to play games on Xbox Live) from another internet-connected device, such as a PC. Rather than being a suggested method of obtaining the update, it was listed as an "Emergency Offline Update" - we assume that it was put in place in order to recover a console if the system failed during the standard update process.
The process required a 2GB flash drive, a hefty file download, and also involved a lengthy 20-step process that would have had users holding down buttons for certain periods of time in order to initiate the recovery.
Today, Microsoft has removed the instructions - as well as the update files - and has issued a statement to Eurogamer to clarify why.
"The site was not an alternative way to take the Day One update and customers still need to connect to Xbox Live for the update," a spokesperson said. "Because of the complexity of this customer support process we've actually removed the page and we will work with customers directly to make sure they have a smooth experience."
Given that every man and his dog decided to run in to try to grab the files - which were deemed as being for emergency use, rather than being a recommended way of updating, remember - on their internet-connected device as opposed to - y'know - just updating via Xbox Live, we're not massively surprised. There may be a bit of a jam on the servers when the console launches but with any luck, it won't last for too long.