Microsoft's Xbox One support page has YouTube videos to help with set-up

U.S. and European residents are still awaiting the Xbox One's release (folks in Australia and New Zealand already have their consoles), but Microsoft is already prepared for any questions they may have with the console's set-up thanks to new videos uploaded to the official Xbox One support pages.

The support site includes a helpful "Getting Started with Xbox One" page that also has several new YouTube tutorial videos to walk Xbox One owners through getting their next-generation consoles working in their home. One of them offers the best way to place the new Kinect sensor, seen below.

Another video shows how to connect the Xbox One to a cable or satellite TV box so that the console can then take over control of the TV listings and become the "OneGuide" for television viewing.

Once the cables have all been connected, the next video shows how to set up the Xbox One so that the "OneGuide" TV features work as expected.

The next clip offers up some tips on where to place the Xbox One itself, including advisories not to stack any other electronic devices on top of the Xbox One and not to place it near a heat source.

Finally, Microsoft has posted a longer YouTube video that goes over all of the main features of the Xbox One once everything is connected correctly and the console itself is powered up.

Source: Microsoft

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I am not too happy with the Kinect sensor requirements, they say no less than 2ft from the floor but the best i can give it is 18 inches under the TV, so hopefully it wont be too much of a problem.

Seems quite picky about console placement. Not on top of another device, not underneath another device, not near a subwoofer, not in an enclosed space, away from heat sources, away from sunlight. Maybe I should build a new room in my house for it.

I think this is starting to become a more common practice now. My new MSI motherboard had Youtube links printed in the user manual for demonstrating how to fit the HSF and stuff. It's a smart way of doing self help

So if I have an A/V receiver, how do I get HD audio from the Xbox to my receiver but also keep the ability to say "Xbox On" and have everything turn on properly?

I'm a bit concerned I won't be able to use that command with my setup

Where does it send the commands from? I know it has a port for an ir blaster on the back, but will I have to attach it to somewhere in front of the receiver and other components?

I was hoping it would issue commands over HDMI-CEC

Spicoli said,
The Kinect does it. It's supposed to be bright enough so devices next to it will see the signal reflected off objects in the room.

Oh! That's clever.

Spicoli said,
The Kinect does it. It's supposed to be bright enough so devices next to it will see the signal reflected off objects in the room.

Hmm, I thought of that too... not quite sure it will work for me still, given the distance and stark difference in height, but ill know soon enough... well as soon as UPS gets here I guess

Chsoriano said,

Hmm, I thought of that too... not quite sure it will work for me still, given the distance and stark difference in height, but ill know soon enough... well as soon as UPS gets here I guess

It blasts the IR command literally around the room, so it would be hard for the signal to miss hitting any of your devices.

Having had 'theater' screen setups in homes over the years, reflecting a remotes IR signal to devices behind me is my normal and works with even non-blast IR devices 99% of the time.

Cyborg_X said,
Sucks that you can't use network tuners. Only thing keeping me from upgrading.
Yea. I'm waiting to see how well it works with my WMC as passthrough. If they supported network tuners and extra hard drives I'd have purchased two at launch

Shadowzz said,
Stupid MS, youtube works like crap in most of MS's products. Should've kept Bing videos hosting part. Or just go use Vimeo.

Ummm... Youtube works fine here?

Shadowzz said,
Stupid MS, youtube works like crap in most of MS's products. Should've kept Bing videos hosting part. Or just go use Vimeo.

I agree they should be avoiding YouTube; however, I don't know of any MS products that YouTube doesn't work well. On Xbox1/360, WP7/8 & Win7/8, YouTube works fine.

If all else fails, just use the IE browser, it works better with YouTube than Chrome on Windows, ironically.

I had IE9/10 and youtube breaking, just happened occasionally tho.
And on WP8.... it rarely works at all, usually stays stuck on the commercial, can always play that without a single hitch, but it takes 10+ tries to get passed it and actually watch the video.
also EVERY single video I watch on WP8 or IE comes with ads, while when using FX or Chrome, the ads only come 1 every 5+ videos.

Shadowzz said,
I had IE9/10 and youtube breaking, just happened occasionally tho.
And on WP8.... it rarely works at all, usually stays stuck on the commercial, can always play that without a single hitch, but it takes 10+ tries to get passed it and actually watch the video.
also EVERY single video I watch on WP8 or IE comes with ads, while when using FX or Chrome, the ads only come 1 every 5+ videos.

As YouTube was converting over their comment features and new commercial features the past week or so, there have been several YouTube problems; however, they are not just WP or IE specific.

One day the font rendering of the comments made the pages unreadable on Chrome and IE11, but looked fine in Firefox. The next day the same page looked fine in both. The crazy overlapping rendering also was happening on Android and WP8 but looked fine on WP7 (IE9).

I also have seen advertisements get stuck on WP8, Firefox and IE11 during the last week. This problem stopped happening a few days ago as Google made fixes.
(This particular bug also broke several 3rd party YouTube players, as they were offering workarounds until the problem was fixed.)

As for frequency of advertisements, I wouldn't be shocked that Google would target more Ads to annoy MS platforms. However, I don't see the ad frequency you mention and I just don't use Chrome enough to have an accurate assessment of the difference.
(I also avoid most ads with tracking protection and firewall settings, so I don't do ads very much when I'm at home.)


I should have said 'normally' or "When Google isn't rolling out messed up updates, YouTube works fine on WP7/8, Windows, etc."


Have had these issues with WP8 and Youtube ever since I got my 920 in January.

Rarely use Youtube on Chrome I must admit, but regularly on FX and always seems to work fine and almost ad-less.

With IE it's been a hit and miss whether it worked fine or not. And the amount of ads help that I visit youtube a lot less nowadays.