The Xbox One is a great gaming console by Microsoft with the capability to perform all sorts of awesome things, but unless you are up-to-date with the latest Xbox news, you may be missing out some great features out of it.

Below are some cool tips and tricks every Xbox One owner should know about.

Pin TV Shows and Sites to Start

On the Xbox One, pinning apps (or TV shows from streaming media services) places a quick access tile to the app (or show) on the dashboard. Scroll down past your most recently used apps/games to get to the list (hit the right trigger to jump to them). You can even pin individual Web pages or Web apps from within the Microsoft Edge browser. Typically, simply hold the menu (like a hamburger) button, and when the menu appears, select the Pin to Home option. Some entries — like TV shows in the Syfy app, for example — just have a Pin to Home button on their page. This option works with apps like Amazon Video, FX Now, Crackle, SyFy, and many more, but not with Netflix and Hulu.

Play Background Music

Have you ever experienced a time when you want a certain media app to keep on playing music and visit another app on the Xbox One at the same time? You could Snap it, but if it’s Pandora or Groove — the main apps to support this feature — you don’t even have to Snap. Start the audio station and then leave it to go to other areas of the interface: the music keeps on playing. To pause or stop it, change the volume level, or to skip to a new track, double-tap the Xbox button on the controller; you’ll find music controls at the top of the Multitasking tab on the Xbox Guide pane. Or, Snap the music app so the controls always be available without having to go launch the app separately.

If you’ve got a drive full of music you’d rather play, put the files in a folder called “Xbox Music Library” and grab the app called Simple Background Music Player from the App Store.

Continue Your Xbox 360 Games on Your New Xbox One

You probably know by now that there are over 200 Xbox 360 games that are playable on your Xbox One, but did you know that you can start playing a game on your Xbox One right where you left off on your 360?

In order to make your Xbox 360 saves accessible on your Xbox One, you have to activate cloud saving on your Xbox 360. To do this, go to Settings > System > Storage > Cloud Saved Games, and then select Enable.

Next, start the game on your Xbox 360. When you save your game progress, select Cloud Saved Games as the desired save location. Once the upload is complete, this saved file will be accessible when you start the game on the Xbox One.

Also, keep in mind that in order to enable cloud saving on your Xbox 360, you must be an Xbox Live Gold member.

Use Your Phone or Tablet as a Controller

If you’d like to try this one, you first need to download the Xbox One SmartGlass app, and then make sure that both your phone or tablet and the Xbox One console are connecting to the same Wi-Fi network.

Next, select the Connect icon at the top of the screen, and then select your Xbox. Not only does this app let you view your screenshots and achievements from your phone or tablet, you can also use your phone as a keyboard instead of trying to type using the controller.

Stream Xbox One Games to Your Windows 10 PC

If someone else is using the TV but you can’t wait to play your favorite Xbox game, don’t go completely amok. Because you can stream your Xbox One game to any PC with Windows 10 on the same Wi-Fi connection.

The first thing you need to do is to enable streaming on your Xbox One. Go to Settings > Preferences, then select Allow game streaming to other devices and then choose Enable the SmartGlass connection from any SmartGlass device.

Connect your Xbox app to the Xbox One using your PC. Then, when you select a game from the Xbox app on your PC, select the option Play from console.

 

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This entry was posted by Staff Writer on Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 6:31:25 AM and is filed under Tech Tips & Tricks.

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