Woo hoo…On the 22nd (launch day) late in the afternoon UPS finally showed up with my Xbox One Day One edition.
I will get into my Home Theatre setup below, but as designed; basically you hook up your Cable box HDMI to the Xbox One (it is clearly labeled where to plug in) and the Xbox One out goes to your HDTV via another HDMI. This is a basic set up that everything just works.
As you go through set up you tell the Xbox what Cable box, who your provider is and what zip code you live in. You also tell Xbox What HDTV you have and set Volume Control for the TV.
Giving this information You should be able to use the “Xbox On or Xbox Off” voice command to Turn on/off the Xbox, Cable box and TV. “OneGuide” with your local channels will be set up for you.
Once your components are plugged in, plug in your network cable and you are ready to turn it on.
Out of the box there was an update to the Xbox One, which I understand, that took my almost 30 minutes. The first part of the update there will be a thermometer on the screen letting you know how far along it it. The Xbox will reboot. Mine went to a black screen that took a while to come back up. DO NOT panic, let it go through the steps. I am one those OMG it froze kind of guys after something appears to be doing nothing for a short period of time…let it come back up (it may be almost another 5 minutes with nothing on the screen).
After the update my controller lost its mind (or it may have come that way); my controller was not talking to my Xbox One. Again, if this happens DO NOT panic. Just like Xbox 360 there is a way to sync (assign) your controller to the Console. On the front of the Controller is a little button that is marked ((( and on the left side of the console close to where the disk goes in to the unit is a silver button with the same ((( marking. Press the ((( button on the console and immediately press the ((( button on the controller, once synced this should get the two on the same page. There was no mention of this in the quick set up guide.
Once I got my controller talking to the Xbox One the set up was pretty straight forward. You go through your time zone, cable box, and TV set up. Finally you log in with your Microsoft Account and the home screen is set up for you. The Kinect will find you in the room and associate you to that account. This is useful for signing in and a whole lot more.
Then the fun begins. There is a tad bit of a learning curve if you have had an Xbox 360 for as many years as I have.
My Set Up is a bit different than the basic “Dorm Theatre” in that I have a A/V Receiver in the Mix.
- Cisco Cable box (Time Warner) HDMI > Xbox One (labeled Cable/Sat HDMI)
- Xbox One (to TV HDMI) > Pioneer Elite VSX-42 (Game (in) HDMI)
- Pioneer Elite VSX-42 (to TV HDMI) > Sharp Aquos LED TV
Being set up this way, as far as I can tell I am going to lose the ability to use the “Xbox On/Off” voice command to turn on all 4 devices. The command will turn the Xbox/Cable box on or off but because the Xbox is going through an AV Receiver it cannot pass the command to the TV. For me this is not a show stopper because I use a Logitech Harmony Remote to control activities for my Home Theatre. This was a quick set up and if I read more about my receiver I might be able to pass back through to the TV???
My Harmony Remote (or your Cable box remote) addresses a concern of some in that the Xbox OneGuide does not give access to recorded shows on the cable box (DVR). Know that TV on the Xbox One is just HDMI pass through. When you are watching TV on the Xbox One is really just showing what the cable box is dishing out. Xbox (OneGuide) does HDMI CEC to communicate with the cable box to do things like changing channels and what not. They may address the recorded DVR shows not visible in the guide in the future but until then while watching TV we can use the cable box remote or in my case my Harmony remote.
I have actually programed my Harmony Remote to take the place of the controller (except for gaming). Logitech Library does have the Xbox One in it now so when you add it as a device you will get some of the basic functions in activities, but I needed more control of cable box (DVR) and wanted to get around the Xbox home screen without reaching for the controller. In the image below you can see the physical layout of my remote. Much of it standard…I use the Number Pad (2, 4, 6 and 8) for Xbox up, left, right and down on the home screen and Enter (num pad) as Select.
Keep in mind the Voice commands work very well and will get you through all of this (minus the Recorded DVR shows) but there are times that you need to be quiet in the house. So when needed I just reach of my remote. I haven’t really tried gestures yet so can’t give an opinion one way or another on those.
All in all, my experience with the Xbox One has been an exciting on. This is an insane technology toy. If there is any part of Xbox One you would like to know more about; give me a shout as I have fuddled my way through most of the system.