A quick guide to setting up a new console

A quick guide to setting up a new console

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  • Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

  • Learn about setting up your new console and the frequently asked questions you need to know to get started with your Switch, Xbox, or PlayStation. If you’ve bought a new console for yourself or your family, but aren’t used to the technology, it can be quite overwhelming. Today, companies are trying to make their processes as user-friendly as possible, but there are still some things that can be confusing. This guide will explain everything you need to prepare your game and answer the most frequently asked questions about setting up your game console. This advice applies to Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox One S. If the information is console-specific, there are links to guides to Switch, Xbox, and PlayStation information.

All consoles come with full instructions with diagrams but they all require the same basic steps to be taken:

All consoles are frequently updated. These updates are known as firmware updates and affect the operating system on the machine – basically, anything you see when you first turn it on so the menus, storefront, etc. They are done to add new functionality, fix security issues, patch out bugs and address other similar uses.

The only main difference between consoles is that with a Nintendo Switch the power and HDMI cables are plugged into the dock and then the console is placed into it afterward. The Switch can also be set up in handheld mode. However, connecting to the TV first – unless it’s a Switch Lite that is portable only – is easier.

Keeping your console updated is important to ensure it is secure, games will run as well as possible, and any settings and parental controls can operate properly.

You can set updates to be manual or automatic and the first one will likely begin when you turn on the console and have connected it to the internet. Just accept the update and wait it out. These first updates will likely be the longest you’ll find as there could be several.

You will need an account for your console as it provides access to:

Parental controls can be set up using in-game menus but the easiest way is often to use the app or website for the platform. These parental control guides show you how to set up limits for Switch, PlayStation, Xbox as well as some PC limits (since these are linked to the same account as Xbox settings). There are two types of game purchases, physical and digital. Physical games come in boxes and you can buy them from video game stores, online, or at other outlets that sell media items.

Digital games are codes that you can enter into the menu of your console and they will make the game available to download and keep. All digital games can be redownloaded from the console’s storefront. These shops are accessible through the console’s main menu or online as follows: Games purchased in these stores will be added to the account that was signed in when the purchase was made. That account will need to be signed in for the game to be launched.

However, while physical Switch games are on cartridges, physical games for the Xbox and PlayStation can be a code in a box. Most digital games are now in card format, with a scratchable code on the back. As long as the code remains covered when you purchase it, it can be used to redeem the game on the digital store for your console. However, some codes still do come in boxes.

If you specifically want a disc then make sure to check the case for the words: All digital codes should be clearly marked in online purchases as they are often sent via email. In stores, staff will be able to check if you are unsure.

All consoles come with extras and the variety can feel overwhelming. However, some are more useful than others. Here are a couple that are most useful for each console and what they do: Now you are all set up all that remains is to have fun with your new console.

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