Xbox One is just two days away from being launched into the wild. The reviews for the console and the games have started appearing already as the embargo date has been lifted. However, to play the games on Xbox One and to remove the DRM features that were originally introduced, one must download a Day One update on the console to make it playable.
At first the only solution was to download the Day One update directly on the Xbox One. Now you can also download the Day One update on your PC and can update your Xbox One using a flash drive. Termed as “Emergency Offline Update”, Microsoft has made the update available via the support site of Xbox. It is clever of Microsoft to make the update available on PC as the traffic rush on the servers on launch day is unavoidable and this way many users can prepare themselves in advance to update.
There are two updates available on the site which correspond to different OS versions. To update correctly using the USB you need to have the OS version of your Xbox One before hand. You can check the OS version of your Xbox One using the following steps:
- Press the Xbox button to return to Home.
- Press the Menu button and select Settings (or select Settings on the Home screen).
- Select System.
- Select Console info.
- Your OS version is the third row down.
Note: If you’re in the middle of a system update and need to find your OS version, pull both triggers and both bumpers on your controller. The OS version is listed as Build and is the second line down.
You can download the update by visiting here.
The download size for both versions of the update is 1.2GB. However, early users who updated their console directly reported that the update size was around 500MB. This means that Microsoft will now support updating the Xbox One using a flash drive.
UPDATE: Microsoft has taken down the page on the website as of this writing. In a statement issued to Eurogamer, Microsoft spokesperson said:
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,
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.
This might have been done because updating the Xbox One using the USB was a complicated process and could’ve proved tedious for many.
Will you be downloading the update before hand to avoid slow direct update on the Xbox One? Let us know in the comments below.