The New Xbox One Experience Is Being Rolled Out [Updated]

If you've been looking forward to Microsoft pushing out their largest ever update for the Xbox One -- particularly if you're going to be enjoying Star Wars: Battlefront through the EA Access subscription program over the next few days -- then you'll be pleased to know that the New Xbox One Experience will become available after 7:01 PM tomorrow.

But how exactly do you get on board?

Update: The update is out now for some -- if you haven't got it yet, follow the instructions below. Keep in mind, everyone who doesn't automatically update over the next few days will receive a mandatory update on November 23 (possibly the 24th Australian time). Rest of the story follows below.

The Major Nelson blog advises that your Xbox One will update automatically if you've set the console to the Insant-on power mode in the Power & start-up settings menu. "Your Xbox One will take the update in the background when you put your console into Connected Standby mode," the blog adds.

"As this is a global rolling launch, consoles in Connected Standby will be updated at various times throughout the day based on your time zone." Those who have put their XB1's into energy saving modes will need to manually check for the update through the System section in the Settings tab.

"Note that all Xbox One consoles will receive a prompt for a mandatory update on November 23rd if they have not yet updated to the New Xbox One Experience."

The blog adds that not all timezones will get the update at the same time, so it's highly possible that Australians might only get access to the update from midnight. Or New Zealanders might get it first. Or both countries get it last. Or we get it Sunday afternoon instead. Microsoft doesn't really say.

Either way, we know that things will kick off tomorrow night. That's not much consolation if you're going to be downloading tens of gigabytes to get Battlefront on your console, but having a nice hefty update is far better than not having one at all.


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    Looks like its out as I just updated it in hopes of getting back compat. Still don't see the xb360 games in games with gold though. Maybe tomorrow?

      Yeah I just read that backwards compatibility will be available around 12 hrs after the update goes live. Should be available by the time I get home from work tomorrow.

      the disc based X360 games are working on my end but I can confirm that I'm still not seeing 360 games with gold

        Ok Here's how you get the Xb360 Games with Gold on Xb1.

        Go to www.xbox.com/gameswithgold, sign in, and download/purchase the game you want (make sure it is Games with Gold and Free). The game should appear on your XB1 in the Ready To Install section. I just tried it out with Dungeon Siege III.

          awesome :) thanks for the info do you need to go to the link using Edge on the console or through PC is fine?

            I used PC. It worked fine. I never use the console browser.

        I just found out that you can do this with any Xb360 game that is playable on Xb1. Go to the xbox360 games store at http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-AU/Games/Xbox360Games on your computer, purchase a backwards compatible game. It should come up on your Xbox One in the "Ready To Install" section.

        I just bought AC 2 to test this out. And it works fine. I wish this was explained better by Microsoft.

          Nice :) yeah seems counter productive to what they are trying to achieve to not have the functionality to purchase 360 directly from the XOne dash.

    Update is out now (for me at least). Go to Settings > System > Update Console. Size is 1.1GB

    Yep done

    About to test with fallout 3

    Nope on F3 GOTY not on list

    Original Mass Effect disc wants a 7.7G download.... No

    Last edited 12/11/15 9:08 pm

      Backwards compatability for most games coming in the next few days. 7.7gb sounds about right too though it'll probably take 3 weeks to download.

      Last edited 12/11/15 9:38 pm

        I'd rather just play it off the disc....

          The way x1 backwards compatability works is by downloading the game to your hdd, the same way it does with every other game on your x1. The disc is just the drm. It's been that way since they announced bc back at e3.

            Yeah I thought they made this abundantly clear too. Some people dislike reading or doing any research.

              Where did I bloody well say I didn't understand that?

              I'd rather play it off disc. I'd rather install it off disc and then patch it with a smaller download.

              I didn't have time for a 7GB download....

              Last edited 13/11/15 9:02 am

                Fair enough, but the tech that makes it possible to run the games isn't actually compatible with the version of the game on the disc. The discs are as alien to the backwards compatibility software as they are to the XBOX One. Using the disc as a temp license is just Microsoft exploiting a loophole to make a digital only system stand a chance of being practical. It's a shame but I'll take a 7GB download with a disc as a license over having to rebuy the game off the marketplace and download the 7GB version.
                Like most of their backwards compatibility system it's a very hacky solution. I'm hoping with their next console they plan it out in advance well enough to make a smooth solution.

                The interesting thing will be seeing how Game of the Year editions work. Fallout 3 and Fallout 3 GOTY are two different games that will require two different downloads (I think, the GOTY edition comes with the content on disc, right?). I'm hoping they give publishers the option of allowing all versions of their game to count as GOTY, but I doubt publishers would pass on the chance to sell DLC.

                  I agree and understand its not simple. But playing old games on a console really (to me) comes as flash moments where I think "feel like playing Mass Effect". This just needs too much preparation... I feel like playing Mass Effect... 12hrs later after a 8GB download I've moved on.

                  I'm not in the know about these things but couldn't they pull the core of the game (I assume they didn't ground up re-build each game) from the disc and then apply a modest (hell even 2-3GB) patch?

                  I really think they've dropped the ball on these consoles. For all the outrage about not having physical discs it sure seems that they are absolutely useless. I got Destiny TK Edition and had to download the TK component plus the usual updates AND I HAVE to have the disc in to play despite what seems 80% coming from digital sources.

                  The damn thing is feeling like another PC, which I already have. I also have some of the games on PC anyway. I'm sure I've spent more time downloading than playing on this thing.

                  As for F3 GOTY there are two discs, I'd always assumed one was core the other DLC but perhaps not. But it gave me (last night) the message that I should check the list of BC games.

                  Last edited 13/11/15 10:50 am

                The speed of a blu-ray is way too slow for effective video game load times (hence why PS3 always had mandatory installs and why this generation runs off the HDD altogether)

    4am and the only 360 games listed are those from the Rare collection. Presumably they're being added in a second round once they're sure it's working properly.

    The backwards compatibility is supposed to go live at 7am AEDST today, can anyone confirm this?

    Man between this patch and Battlefront I am going to spend so much time this weekend gloating about my NBN connection

    i played some fallout yesterday afternoon, went out for dinner, came home rebooted my xbox and was very confused, i had no idea an update was coming. havnt really looked at it to be honest but the group chat and friend list options look interesting.

    Yeah, been using it for a while in the preview program. Is not bad, takes a while to adjust to the new layout but so far so good. Only gripe is them removing the achievement leaderboard, used to love competing with my mates on that

    The XBox 360 games still don't seem to be showing up on the Games for Gold list, and the Gears of War games are also not available - they show up in a search, but as unattached to any bundle (for example, the GoW Ultimate that they're supposed to be free with... and that I have.)

    Definitely a work in progress.

      Ok Here's how you get the Xb360 Games with Gold on Xb1.

      Go to http://www.xbox.com/gameswithgold, sign in, and download/purchase the game you want (make sure it is Games with Gold and Free). The game should appear on your XB1 in the Ready To Install section. I just tried it out with Dungeon Siege III.

      You can do this with any Xb360 game that is playable on Xb1. Go to the xbox360 games store at http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-AU/Games/Xbox360Games on your computer, purchase a backwards compatible game. It should come up on your Xbox One in the "Ready To Install" section.

      I just bought AC 2 to test this out. And it works fine. It's just not explained that well by MS.

        I did wind up going to the web interface to get the extras (back on the 15th) for lack of any alternative - as I couldn't find a working XBox 360 controller to do it on my actual 360.

        I think this is one of those passive-aggressive things Microsoft does to trumpet new features while making it as difficult as possible to actually use them. In the best of possible worlds, everybody would be happy with their existing XBox 360 libraries while any actual spending of money would be on the more lucrative XBox One titles.

        Whereas Sony just takes the direct approach in not having old games work on new consoles at all (a bit of a pity. since they started well - PS1 games work on PS2, PS3 and Vita, and PSP games work on Vita as well - in digital form.)

        Of course, a large part of the reason for that is probably that getting PowerPC code to run on an x86 architecture CPU is a long-solved problem (Apple had to do it ages ago) whereas simulating Cell on x86 would require complete reimplementation. Still a pain, though.

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