When you grab an Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S, you'll have a couple of different options for transferring your games and save data. While prior generational shifts did not allow carrying things over, the similarities in architecture between the Xbox One and the Xbox Series X, S, alongside the use of the same operating system, meaning it's quite easy just to keep playing the same games you have been for a while now without any hassle.
How to transfer data from Xbox One to Xbox Series X, Series S
Before you start transferring things like games over from your Xbox One to your Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S, it's important to consider if you really need to. The Xbox Series X and S use an advanced internal NVME SSD, and expanding that storage will be quite expensive, requiring the best external SSDs available. Once you're sure what to take forward, choose whether you're using a network transfer or an external drive.
Xbox Series X, S data transfer Using network transfer
A network transfer is a tool that allows you to very quickly copy over games on one Xbox console to another, provided both consoles are on the same local network. It's much quicker than redownloading games or copying them over through an external drive.
- Turn on the Xbox One you want to transfer data from.
- Press the Xbox button on your controller.
- Navigate to Profile & System.
- Select Settings.
- Select Backup & Transfer.
Select Allow network transfer.
- Leave the console turned on.
- Turn on your Xbox Series X or S.
- Navigate to the Backup & Transfer section seen above.
- You should see your Xbox One listed under Local Consoles.
- Select the games you want to transfer over to your Xbox Series X, S.
- Choose Copy selected.
- Check that the size of the games is not greater that your storage space on the Xbox Series X, S.
- Select Copy.
Your games will now be transferred over to your Xbox Series X, S.
Xbox Series X, S data transfer Using an HDD or SSD
Alternatively, you can install your games on an external HDD or SSD and then plug it into your Xbox Series X, S, carrying over your games with minimal effort. You'll want to choose and set up an external drive if you haven't yet done so already.
Verify that your external drive has every game you want to transfer.
- Power down your Xbox One.
- Unplug the external drive.
- Connect the external drive to your Xbox Series X, S.
- Power on your Xbox Series X, S.
- Wait for the external drive to be detected. This may take a couple of minutes.
- When the drive is detected, you are free to copy any games you want onto the Xbox Series X, S internal storage.
Your games will now benefit from the speed and technology in the advanced SSD of the Xbox Series X, S, such as Quick Resume and all-around reduced loading times.
We strongly recommend storing games that haven't been optimized for Xbox Series X, S on an external SSD or an internal SSD with a SATA-to-USB interface, like the Sabrent USB adapter. Due to bandwidth limitations, the loading speed difference will be minimal and you'll still see solid improvements. You won't be able to use the Quick Resume feature but otherwise, your games will have identical performance enhancments and seriously decreased loading times.
Whether you're diving into new Xbox titles like Gears Tactics or older games that have been optimized like Sea of Thieves, there's plenty to play on the new generation of consoles. The Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S are set to be released on November 10, 2020.
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