Download Updates For Gaming Consoles Before Gifting Them

Download Updates For Gaming Consoles Before Gifting Them

An Xbox or a Playstation is a pretty sweet gift, and if you’re planning on giving one for Christmas, chances are, the recipient will want to open it up and play right away. To make this doable, download any necessary software and updates before wrapping the console.

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Redditor wellingtonbear suggests this over at Reddit:

Xbox Live and Playstation Network notoriously slow to a crawl and sometimes go down completely on Christmas from thousands of newly connected consoles all trying to download at once. Not only will system updates be unavailable or painfully slow, but most pack-in games are vouchers for 30GB+ downloads that already take hours to complete, and will take all day if not longer to download on Christmas Day…Added bonus is you’ll make sure the console is in working order ahead of time so if you’re unlucky enough to get a defective console there is time to exchange it before the holiday.

It’s kind of along the same lines of making sure you pack batteries with any electronic gifts. It’s just a nice thing to do so the gift is ready to enjoy.

Gifting a new console for Christmas? [Reddit]


  • Although not a console i have started working on both my kids new tech gear ready for when they get them. My wife and i both agreed they would rather have the device there and ready to play as opposed to unboxing it and waiting 6 hours for the damn thing to charge.

  • Commonly when you plug a console in for the first time it will ask you to register before it does the updates. If someone messes with my registration I’d flip right out.

    So unless this is for the kids – I’d rather wait and ensure that the console is opened first – plugged in and set to update while the rest of the presents – and possibly lunch/dinner – are being sorted.

  • “”download Updates””
    yes, better check that all the games are installed and work before we gift that thing. yes, good thinking.
    {goes home and wastes a day “”updating”” the console}

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