The rise of digital downloads for games has raised some interesting new problems. With older consoles, all you had to do was take the disc, put it in, and you’d be playing a game. But with digital downloads, the game will only be accessible if you’re signed in with the correct account on your console. This isn’t a problem if you’re the only gamer in the house, or if you and all of your family members play on the same account, but if you want the console to track your individual progress through a game or your achievements. , so it is less convenient.
There’s an easy fix to this problem on Xbox One though – if multiple gamertags are in use on the console, you need to set the machine up as your “home console.” When you sign in to Xbox One for the first time and save your password, that console becomes your home Xbox. But you can change it if needed. What it does is let you share games and downloadable content (DLC) purchased from the Xbox Games Store with everyone who signs in to the console. You can share your Xbox Gold membership with anyone who is signed into the same Xbox, and this includes sharing the games you download as part of the subscription. Basically, anyone playing a game on your home console can play any game you download for it. Here’s how you can do it:
- If you have a Kinect, say “Xbox, go to Settings.” otherwise, choose Adjustment From my games and apps,
- to select my xbox from the left side of the screen.
- to select my home xbox,
- to select make it my home xbox To designate the console as your home Xbox.
that’s all there is to it. This allows everyone to play downloaded games on that Xbox One, even if they sign in with different accounts. This means you don’t have to manage save games separately, or worry about overwriting someone else’s progress while you play.
There is one important thing you need to keep in mind – you can only designate one console as your home Xbox at a time. You can change which console your home Xbox is up to three times during a one-year period. When you switch home consoles, all device licenses for digital content will move to your new home Xbox. These device licenses will no longer be available on your old “home” Xbox.
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