We tend to hear this advice every year, and it's back again in force ahead of the Christmas period, as Xbox's Major Nelson has advised setting up a new Xbox console before Christmas Day — even if you're giving it as a gift.
The reason, of course, is to ensure the recipient can avoid spending the entirety of their day performing installations and waiting for downloads and updates to finish, and instead can spend more time actually playing some games.
Major Nelson went on to highlight that if you're an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscriber, you can also save time on the day by playing games directly via the cloud, which means you can stream them rather than waiting to download them.
Another benefit of not waiting until the 25th is that the servers will likely be very busy on the day itself, so there's a chance you may suffer reduced download speeds as a result. Get ready now, and that shouldn't be an issue!
The only downside to all of this is that the recipient may actually enjoy the fresh unboxing experience, as pointed out by various commenters on Twitter. Ultimately, the decision is up to you!
Do you recommend doing this as well, or would you wait it out? Let us know down in the comments below.
Any parent who plays will have the common sense to do this pre- Christmas day, I did with my daughter's Switch lite
I got my daughter a Series S. My wife already wrapped it. I guess we'll have to wrap it again. YIKES!!!
Honestly will depend on the player.
For me the anticipation is a part of the experience. Like waiting at the bar for your pint of Guinness to be finished pouring last "good things come to those who wait" and it tastes all the sweeter for it
I just got my Series X delivered today. So when I get home tonight I've got a long evening of setting up and downloading ahead of me. I'll probably keep my One S hooked up to do stuff while it's busy
Depends on the kids. My boys setup our series S and one of our PS5s by themselves. They actually enjoy doing stuff like that but I can see how it'd be a pain for some.
I always find it strange that Microsoft don’t encourage people to download the updates into usb first? : https://support.xbox.com/en-GB/help/hardware-network/console/system-update-solution/offline-system-update
Does this not work on Series consoles?
servers are obviously busy on christmas, Xbox servers should be able to handle it though.. Nintendo on the other hand you can put money down on those servers crashing..
For myself i would want to unbox it fresh and watch it come to life at my own hands on the day
Unboxing that fresh Series X is a thing of wonder in itself as it is packaged so beautifully compared to any other current or past console I have seen you just know you made the right choice right from the start
Congratulations, this is you later 😀
I have a XSX under the tree this year (for me) from the Mrs…. I wanted the unboxing thing on Xmas day. Same reason Mrs is having her ridiculous Dyson hair thing on Xmas day. Is it really gonna be that bad?!?!?
I'm a 'fresh' unboxer fan myself so I understand, but I also understand some kids/people don't care and just want to play right away.
Also, you can test if it works! Albeit a slim slim chance it doesn't, (and also a slim slim chance you could return it for a new one right now) at least you wouldn't be giving something to someone on Xmas day, getting their hopes up, only to be dashed out completely.
Do what I'm gonna do with my series X...unbox Christmas eve. Leave everything installing over night. Play Christmas day. It'll be like having two Christmas days back to back.
Also, tried cloud gaming the other day and other than a crash it worked surprisingly well...played mortal Kombat with no issues.
I can see why this is a good idea when the present is for a child and I'd do it.
This was a pain to create a MS account and set up the Series S at the same time. Warned ally friends to get it done before theirs arrived.
Microsoft: Open other people's gifts so they don't have to wait for patches and updates. But you can stream while you wait.
Nintendo: Open other people's gifts because our budget AWS servers are prolly gonna fail under the load.
Sony: We paid our Microsoft bill this month, right? We're cool.
For me, the unboxing is part of the experience. The anticipation of wiring it up, setting it up....I'd never want that part of the experience taken away as a kid, it would ruin the magic. It only happens once. Unless your PSU fails a year later, then it happens twice...
Setting up a new console is my favourite part about getting one
I disagree with this line of thinking. I wouldn't want anyone else to setup my new console but me, it's half the fun!
Set up what console? The ones all bought by scalpers? Lmao can't play what isn't available to buy
The anticipation is part of the deal! Don't do it!
Or... is this advise out of fear of a log4j vulnerability if your brand new Xbox isn't updated yet?
Christmas 2019…set up my stepdad’s One X…at the time you couldn’t update the console without logging in or creating an account, so I had to create a new email so he wouldn’t know.
Not sure if it’s different now, but updating a console without a log in should be something easy to do given how everyone always pushes for it around the holidays.
@Arcnail Definitely. Depending on the age of the kids there could be tears on Christmas Day if the console is broken and you don’t find out until they open it on the day. Of course if it’s a Series X or PS5, the store may not have a replacement available. 🙁
No. The updates are a part of the fun.
Solution: Spend Christmas with family. Set up and play with your presents in your own time.
@Bmartin001 I installed animal crossing day 1 and it took 2 hours
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