How to connect Xbox X and Xbox Series S to TV

How to connect Xbox X and Xbox Series S to TV

It takes less than 5 minutes to connect and set up the Xbox Series X and Series S consoles. In this blog, I’ll show you how to connect Xbox X and Xbox series S to TV and guide you to initial setup from start to finish in step-by-step instructions.

This is a minor effort that you can make the right steps to avoid any mistakes that cost you extra, whether you are new to console gaming or have a secondary gaming setup with a TV to enjoy leisure time at home with friends and family.

All you have to do is follow me through each step of the process to get ready for your first game!

How to Connect Xbox X and Xbox Series S to TV

Before we proceed, we must first understand the fundamentals to avoid problems when installing a new Xbox X console.

Your Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S consoles come with the following components that are required to connect to the TV output and controls.

  • Power cord: basic requirement to power up the console
  • Long 2-meter Ultra High-Speed HDMI cable: 4K video gaming output at 120Hz via HDMI 2.1
  • Xbox Wireless Controller: remote for inputs

You need to take these components out of the box and then follow me to properly connect Xbox to the TV.

Note: The power port, HDMI port, Ethernet port, Storage expansion port, and USB ports are all on the back of the console, except for one USB-3 port on the front.

Xbox Series X ports HDMI and Power cord port connection

The following instructions demonstrate how to connect Xbox series S to TV and its work for both the Xbox X and Series S:

  • 1. Connect the power cable to the power cable port on the console.
  • 2. Plug in the other end of the power cable to a wall outlet. (A surge protector is an excellent choice.)
  • 3. Connect the HDMI cable to the HDMI input port on your TV and the other end to the HDMI output port of Xbox X or S.
  • 4. If you intend to use a wired internet connection with the system, connect it to the Xbox Ethernet jack.
  • 5. Turn on the system by pressing the power button, then turn on the Television.

Setup Xbox Series X and Series S on your TV

  • 1. Following the cable connection of your Xbox X to your TV, system setup instructions should appear on the screen.
  • 2. If you don’t see anything, use the remote to select the HDMI port number and refresh your connections.
  • 3. You can do this by pressing the source input button on your TV remote or by connecting to another HDMI port.
  • 4. Once you’ve highlighted the correct input, the screen should refresh and display the system setup instructions.
  • 5. Now, follow the instructions on your TV screen to finish preparing the system for unlimited play.

Feeling Slow Performance on New Xbox X or S

For the best results, I recommend that you only use the included Ultra High-Speed HDMI cable with the Xbox Series X and S consoles.

Which is certified for HDMI 2.1 video output speeds, and allows you to play games at full 120Hz (FPS) on your gaming TV or monitor of choice.

If you require a cable that is longer than 2 meters, choose an Ultra High-Speed HDMI cable that supports HDMI 2.1 feature.


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Kevin Pocock's first love has always been electronics since he was a teenager. When Pocock discovered PC9X.com, he discovered a kindred garden to webmaster his blogger spirit. As a technophile, his enthusiasm for technology is as strong as ever. He is a self-proclaimed Gameboy fan who is excited about the potential of new gaming platforms such as the Nintendo Switch and Ryzen handheld consoles. When we asked Pocock about his favorite form of entertainment, he said, I am looking forward to playing Zelda on the go.