Hey there listeners, it’s Brett Molina. Welcome back to Talking Tech. Well, Christmas is almost here and obviously you’ve heard us talk about this before, but one of the hottest tech gifts out there is a video game console, specifically the PlayStation 5 from Sony, and the Microsoft Xbox Series X. Anytime you go to any retailer, whether it’s Target, Best Buy, whatever, if you’re one of those folks that has been looking for one of these consoles for weeks and months now, you have probably seen the same familiar message over and over again, sold out. Doesn’t matter where you go, you try every time, you might refresh all the time, do whatever, you cannot find it anywhere.
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But some consumers have gotten lucky and they’ve figured out how to get that new console. Whether they followed someone at Twitter that alerted them to something, or again, they refreshed at the right time.
What you want to do before you give that console as a gift, get it set up because there’s a bit of a process involved. And so to save that loved one a couple of hours of setting up the device, you can have it ready for them to go and they can just start playing right away.
A lot of it feels like luck, honestly. But regardless of what happens, you find that new console. So let’s say you bought that console for yourself, or not for yourself, but for a family member, your kid, it’s maybe it’s you have older kids, don’t get ready to wrap it just yet. There are some things you want to do to get it ready before you actually give the gift.
First thing you want to think about is, where do you want to put the console? Is it going in a living room? A family room? Is it going in a kid’s bedroom? Wherever it is, just make sure you figure that place out. The most important thing is just to make sure there’s enough for the console so that it doesn’t overheat. You don’t want to have it in too tight a space in an entertainment center, for example, or stuff on top of it or underneath it, things like that. You want to have a little of breathing room for it, so it doesn’t overheat. So let’s get to the setup part. A lot of the process for all three of these consoles is very similar. What you want to do, first step obviously, take it out of the box, hook it up to a TV, and turn it on, simple enough, right?
And again, just pick whatever TV you can get to just to get it started and ready to go. In the case of a PS5, for example, it will ask you to choose your wifi network, you’ll go in and join that. After that, it’s very likely that they’ll ask you to update the system software. So just follow the instructions there. A lot of times, they’ll prompt you and tell you you need to update the software. You can do it right at that time. If not, you can go to settings and then system software and update it from there. And it works across the line as well with Xbox and with the Nintendo Switch. One fun note with the Xbox though, is it actually has an app, and you actually use that to update the console. It’s very convenient, especially, we’ll get to this in a bit where you’re adding in account information and it’s super convenient. But again, the process is very similar where you’re going to get on wifi, you might need to update all those things.