Update #2: Microsoft has responded to our request for comment. Expect to be getting your update from the Internet tomorrow.

“The site was not an alternative way to take the Day One update and customers still need to connect to Xbox Live for the update," a representative told us via email. "Because of the complexity of this customer support process we’ve actually removed the page and we will work with customers directly to make sure they have a smooth experience.”


Update #1: Microsoft has removed the support page with the USB update. We've reached out to the company in inquire about the matter.


Original Story:

Microsoft has published a support page on its website allowing the download of the latest operating system for Xbox One outside of Xbox Live, just in case users have trouble connecting to Xbox Live on Friday.

You'll need a flash drive with at least 2 GB of available space to transfer the firmware update to your Xbox One from your PC. It's not as simple as just downloading the update, putting it on a flash drive, and plugging it into the Xbox One, but it's likely an option that will come in handy on November 22, in the situation that users run into trouble connecting to Xbox Live.

To get the firmware and the instructions on how to install it, head here. You'll have to figure out what which operating system your Xbox One is running to make sure you grab the right update, and then it's a matter of holding down a few key buttons on the controller during a reset, and listening for important beep notifiers.

[Source: Xbox]

Our Take
I am going to make a bold prediction: Friday, when the Xbox One launches, there are going to be some network problems. I could be wrong about this, but I am feeling pretty confident. Giving new Xbox One owners the chance to get the latest update outside of Xbox Live is a great idea. Sony and the PlayStation 4 allowed it, and it was a suggestion we put forward for Microsoft in our Lessons From The PlayStation 4 Launch That Microsoft Can Learn feature we posted this weekend. I am glad Microsoft is allowing the option.