One of the most popular – and obvious – gifts for the end of the year holidays are video game consoles. Many of us have happy memories of opening boxes with brand-new Xbox, PlayStation, and Nintendo devices. In the past, these were almost always ready to go right out of the box; the small setup they required was mostly hardware-wise, like A / V cables and power cables.
Modern consoles are much more advanced and have more features, but they also require more maintenance. Many require software or firmware updates before running, while others require users to create an account or connect to the internet before playing. The joy of unpacking a new console quickly can turn to frustration when these processes take hours or even all day.
If you’re giving a console as a gift this Christmas, we’ve got a tip for you: Take it out of the box and set it up before gifting it to someone.
During the holidays, and especially at Christmas, people open and set up new consoles for the first time. This sudden increase in network traffic can cause even the most stable servers to crash as they struggle with the load of millions of new consoles. Today, many devices require a permanent internet connection to perform most or all of their basic functions. If servers are put under a higher load during the holidays, players may not be able to access digital stores or connect to the internet as quickly as they would like.
Nintendo even warned its customers of this situation with a tweet in Japanese encouraging console buyers to create Nintendo accounts beforehand.
今 週末 は # ニ ン テ ン ド ー ア カ ウ ン ト の サ ー バ ー に ア ク セ ス が 集中 し 、 ニ ン テ ン ド ー ア カ ウ ン ト が す ぐ に 作成 で き な い な ど の 影響 が 予 想 さ れ ま す。
は じ め て Nintendo Switch フ ァ ミ リ ー を 利用 さ れ る 予 定 の 方 は 、 事前 に 作成 し て お く こ と を お す す め し ま す。
& mdash;任天堂 サ ポ ー ト (@nintendo_cs) December 20, 2021
On Christmas 2020, the Nintendo Switch eShop was down for several hours due to the amount of people trying to buy and download games on their new Switches. For this you need to have a Nintendo account. While it appears that the company does not anticipate a blackout as severe as last year, it acknowledges that account creation will likely be slower due to increased server load.
To do this, it is not necessary to remove the console from the box; just visit the Nintendo website and create an account before giving a Switch. Sony and Microsoft consoles also require similar accounts, so no matter which console you’re gifting this season – make sure you create an account first.
Update and play
You will have to take the console out of its box to connect it to the internet and make the available updates, which is also highly recommended. Depending on the time that has passed since a console was manufactured and until it was put on a store shelf, it is very likely that it does not have the latest version of its basic software or firmware. These processes are essential for all functions of a console (including the Sony DualSense receives firmware updates), from enjoying multiplayer games to watching streaming services and using social applications.
Upgrading modern consoles is usually pretty easy. Just turn them on and connect them to your home Wi-Fi network to update. If there are any problems or errors you will receive a code or message that you can search online in user guides and forums.
If you will give away a game with the console, especially a video game as a standard service Fortnite, Apex legends or Call of Duty: Warzone, make sure they are up to date before putting everything in the box. Nothing spoils the fun at Christmas like having to wait an hour for a litany of updates to finish before you can ask the kids what’s up.
Although it may seem contradictory, opening and updating the console that you will give to someone else is one of the kindest practices you can do for them. Not only will she appreciate the fact that you’ve given her a console, but she’ll also appreciate that the only setup she has to do is plug it into her television or monitor of choice and pick her first game. It’s an easy way to avoid server headaches during the holidays and to make the person you’re giving the gift to happy.