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How to set up your Xbox One S console

Setting up your Xbox One S console is easy. Just follow these step-by-step instructions.

Xbox One S setup

Unbox and position the console

Step 1: Unbox the console

A drawing shows the contents of a sample Xbox One S game bundle, which includes the console, power cord, two AA batteries, Xbox One Wireless Controller, HDMI cable, optional vertical stand, and Xbox One documents like the Quick Start Guide and console manual. The items are numbered to match the key that follows.

An Xbox One S game bundle typically includes:

  1. Xbox One S console
  2. Power cord
  3. Xbox One Wireless Controller
  4. Two AA batteries
  5. One HDMI cable
  6. Optional vertical stand (not included in every bundle; available for purchase separately)
  7. Documents (Quick Start Guide, manual)

Note Some game bundles may come with other items like games or Xbox Live trial offers.

Step 2: Position the console

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Console shown incorrectly positioned with items sitting on top of it. Console shown correctly positioned with ventilated space between it and other objects.

Make sure that the location for your console is as follows:

  • A stable surface.
  • Well-ventilated, relatively cool, and away from direct heat sources.
  • Uncluttered. Don't put other objects on, under, or right next to the console. An object on the top right of the console may block its heat vents.

Note The Xbox One S console can be placed horizontally or vertically. The stand is required if placing the console vertically. See Using the vertical stand for the Xbox One S console for more information.

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An Xbox One S console incorrectly placed on its side without the vertical stand. An Xbox One S console correctly placed horizontally without the vertical stand.
Good placement (with vertical stand)
An Xbox One S console correctly positioned on its side with the vertical stand.

Connect the console to your TV

The Xbox One S console system includes one HDMI cable. You can use this cable to connect the console to an HDMI-compatible TV or HDTV. Here's how:

  1. Connect the HDMI cable to the HDMI OUT port on your console (the leftmost HDMI port on the back of your console).
  2. Connect the other end of the cable to the HDMI input on your TV.
Close-up image of the HDMI in and out ports on the Xbox One S console.
HDMI cable being plugged into the HDMI out port on the Xbox One S console and into the HDMI in port on a television.

Notes

  • Video output for the Xbox One S console is HDMI only. If you’re also connecting your console to a sound system, see Connect your Xbox One console to a sound system.
  • As a best practice, make sure all the cables on the back of your console are gathered away from and are not touching the console.

Connect your set-top box to the console (optional)

Note If you don't have cable or satellite TV, skip this section.

If you connect the set-top box (STB) for your cable or satellite TV provider to your console, you can control your live TV content through your Xbox One S. Here's how:

  1. On your TV, disconnect the HDMI cable that connects your TV to your STB.
  2. Connect the cable to the HDMI IN port on your console (the rightmost of the HDMI ports on the back of your console).
HDMI cable plugged into the out port on the Xbox One S console and into the HDMI in port on the television, and an HDMI cable plugged into the HDMI in port on the Xbox One S console and the other end being plugged into the out port on a set-top box.

Connect the console to your router or modem

You can connect your Xbox One S to your wireless router or modem to access the Internet through your console.

If you want to connect wirelessly, the Xbox One System Set Up Solution will help you do that after you finish setting up your console. For a wired connection, use an Ethernet cable to connect your router or modem to the networking port on the right side of the back of the console.

Xbox One S console being plugged into a router.

Connect the console to a Kinect sensor (optional)

You will need a Kinect Adapter to connect an Xbox One Kinect Sensor to an Xbox One S console. See How to use an Xbox One Kinect Sensor with an Xbox One S console for details.

Plug in the power cord

Follow these steps to connect your console’s power cord and complete connection setup of your console:

  1. Plug the power cord into the leftmost port on the back of the Xbox One S console.
  2. Plug the other end of the power cord into an electrical outlet.

Note As a best practice, make sure all the cables on the back of your console are gathered away from and are not touching the console.

Power cable being plugged into the leftmost port on the back of the Xbox One S console and into an electrical outlet.

Now that you’ve set up the console, it’s time to power it on and set up your system. Go to the Xbox One System Set Up Solution to complete your system setup.

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