Microsoft's console lets you stream to Twitch, watch live TV and even beam your games to a Windows PC, and most of the system's best features require little more than a few button taps. From talking to Cortana to capturing screenshots and videos, here are 21 tips for getting the most out of your Xbox One.
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Using pins is a great way to easily access your favorite games and apps at all times. To pin something to your Xbox One's home screen, simply highlight it in the Games & Apps menu, press the Menu button, and select Pin to Home. You can jump right to your pins from the home screen by pressing the right trigger, and you can reorder pins using the Y button.
Whether you stumbled upon an amazing virtual vista or just pulled off a sick headshot, you can capture your best in-game moments by pressing the Guide button and tapping Y for a screenshot or X for a 30-second video. If you want to take longer videos, you can tap the View button from this menu to access the system's Game DVR.
If you're running the older Xbox software, you'll simply have to double-tap the Guide button to access the same capture controls. Alternatively, you can ask Cortana to "take a screenshot" or "record that" with your Kinect or headset.
Just like on Windows 10 machines, you can use Cortana on Xbox One to navigate your system with voice commands. Once you have a Kinect or gaming headset connected, simply say, "Hey, Cortana," followed by whatever you want the virtual assistant to do. You can use Cortana to open apps and games, power down your Xbox, take screenshots and search the web, just to name a few examples. You should also probably ask Cortana some questions about Master Chief, just for fun.
Turning your Xbox One into your home entertainment hub is pretty simple. To start, connect your cable or satellite box to the system's HDMI-in port, or plug in a USB TV tuner. From there, select Live TV Setup from the system's OneGuide hub, and follow the prompts.
The Xbox One YouTube app makes it easy to flood your channel with your greatest gaming moments. Once you've downloaded the app and logged in, simply select Upload from the main menu, and pick a video from your hard drive to put on your channel.
You can share your clips and screenshots to Twitter via the Game DVR app, which also lets you share content to OneDrive, your activity feed or any clubs you're in.
If you want to showcase your Call of Duty skills or need some company for a spooky Resident Evil 7 run, you have a few easy options for broadcasting. You can stream to Twitch on Xbox One by downloading the free Twitch app and following a few quick steps. Folks with the latest Xbox One software update can also broadcast directly to Microsoft's Beam service, which you can access by tapping the Guide button and selecting the broadcast icon toward the bottom.
Wondering how close you are to that elusive achievement? You can tap the Guide button and select the Achievements tab (look for the trophy icon) to check your progress. From this menu, you can also enable the Achievement Tracker, which lets you monitor your achievement progress via an in-game overlay that keeps you from having to constantly flip through menus.