As we head into the new generation of consoles, of course, we want to take all of our old stuff with us. We’ve got games to finish up, achievements to unlock, and classics to play and re-play again and again on the shiny new Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S.
Fortunately, Microsoft boasts a huge library of backward compatible games, allowing players to take our favourite Xbox, Xbox 360, and Xbox One games and save data with us. To make this process a little easier, we’ve come up with a simple how-to guide to make sure you’re all ready to go when your new Xbox settles into your entertainment unit.
Turn on the Xbox One you will be transferring data from and make sure you are signed in to your Microsoft account.
Navigate to [Settings] > [System] > [Backup & Transfer] to start the process.
Select “Allow network transfer” to allow other Xbox consoles on your preferred network to copy games and applications from your Xbox One.
Leave your Xbox One turned on and connected to the network.
Turn in your Xbox Series X/S and navigate to [Settings] > [System] > [Backup & Transfer] in the same way you did on your Xbox One.
You should see your Xbox One console listed under “Local Consoles”. If not, restart the process and make sure the “Allow network transfer” option has been ticked.
Select the games that you want to transfer from your Xbox One to your new Xbox and make sure the size of the games is not greater than the available storage space on your Xbox Series X/S.
Select “copy” and your games will now be transferred over to your Xbox Series X, S.
When you are connected to Xbox Live, you can also save game data to the cloud, so you can pick up where you left off.
If you’re using cloud saves on the Xbox One, the Xbox ecosystem does it better than anywhere else. You should just be able to download any game on your Xbox Series X (or transfer it over via HDD) and your save will sync with your console.
EXTERNAL HDD OR SDD
Make sure your external storage device already has the games you would like to transfer installed by connecting it to your Xbox One and viewing its contents.
Power down your Xbox One and remove your external storage device.
Connect the device to your Xbox Series X/S via USB while the console is turned off.
Turn your Xbox Series X/S on and wait for the external storage device to be detected. This may take a few minutes. If your console is not detecting the device, power down the Xbox and repeat the necessary steps above.
When the drive is detected, you are free to copy any games you want onto the Xbox Series X, S internal storage.
The Xbox Series X/S launches on November 10, 2020.
We’ve had the opportunity to play with the brand new consoles for the last couple of weeks and you can read everything we had to say about them on our official Xbox Series launch hub right here.