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Beginner’s Guide to an Xbox Series X/S – Setting Up, Storage, Errors & More

If you’re lucky enough to get your hands on an Xbox Series X or S, here’s a complete beginner’s guide to getting started.

Although the Xbox Series X has been harder to find than even the PS5 in recent history, supply is still slowly trickling out. Meanwhile, the more affordable Series S is currently driving next-gen sales for Xbox in a big way, and it’s steadily becoming more available.

If you’re the lucky owner of a Series X, Series S, or even the Halo Infinite Xbox Series X, here’s everything you need to know about your new console!

Xbox Series X

Xbox Series X/S Getting Started Guide

It’s time to set up and get playing your brand-new Xbox Series X/S – here’s what you need to know:

We know you’re eager to get gaming, so here’s what you need to do first with your new Xbox.

Setting Up the Xbox Series X/S

The good news is, Microsoft is making it incredibly easy to set up your new console. We’ve got a full guide on setting up your Xbox Series X/S here.

And if you want to save some time getting the console ready, you can use the Xbox app to speed up the setup process!

Don’t forget that the best value subscription service in gaming, Xbox Game Pass, is available for you too! You can usually 1-3 months for a single dollar and immediately get access to all games on the service.

Xbox Series X/S Accessories

Next up, whether you’re using the included Xbox Wireless Controller or an Elite, you’ll be able to connect the device easily. However, you can actually design your own custom Xbox controller with Xbox Design Lab, if you fancy a pop of color.

Plus, don’t forget that the Xbox Series X/S is 4K and 120Hz compatible! But you’ll need a suitable monitor or TV to make full use of your new console.

Thankfully, these ‘Designed for Xbox’ Monitors are HDMI 2.1-ready and the best choices for new console owners.

Xbox Wireless Controller


Although you’re getting a decent amount of storage space on both Xbox consoles, it’s worth noting that you’re sure to run out. After all, with all of Xbox Game Pass at your fingertips, it helps to be careful with your storage space.

Luckily, it’s incredibly easy to upgrade your Xbox Series X/S storage space if you choose. Otherwise, check your storage settings and uninstall a few games when things are looking a little too full.


For the most part, setting up your new Xbox will be a flawless and easy process. However, no new hardware is completely without its fair share of issues.

Because of that, you might want to refer to this list of Xbox Series X/S issues and how to fix them!

And although we’re near to the end of Xbox One support, it’ll still be some time until everyone is on next-gen hardware.

That’s it for your Xbox Series X/S beginner’s guide!

Now you can look forward to playing some of our most-anticipated Xbox Series X/S games of 2022 and beyond!

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