Parents on Twitter quickly discovered that the gift of gaming for Christmas was a larger hassle than previously thought.
Christmas in 2017: Get a #NintendoSwitch, install mandatory system patches but Internet is down. Try to add credit card NO GO, start games needs patches too TOTAL FAILURE KIDS SCREAMING CHRISTMAS RUINED MOM WTF
— Brianna Wu (@BriannaWu) December 25, 2017
And it wasn’t just parents going through the struggle.
For the first time in a month I sit down to play a little Xbox, but noooo can't do that there is a system update required. I'm trying to play a 3 year old game offline, just met me play
— Tom (@tom_norwood) December 15, 2017
It's time I did something I should have done a long time ago…
*sits down to play an Xbox One game for the first time, presses "install", sighs*
— James wants you to check out Steel Colosseum! (@James_M_Hewitt) December 25, 2017
Some found that they had to sit through more than one update.
Log on to my Xbox for the first time in over six months, got 32 game updates and a system update. Let’s go bay-bee! Gonna make my ISP hate me!
— Joe Staples! (@joeisastaple) December 22, 2017
Turn on Xbox. Update console. ⏳Install game. ⏳Game needs update. ⏳ pic.twitter.com/SA5KLYR56T
— Zach Schwochow (@ZachConvictions) December 26, 2017
Seriously, what the heck are these wait times?
@PlayStation @Sony it’s a good job there wasn’t a child waiting to play a game today!! Bloody ridiculous selling a game to go with a games system that needs a 3 hr update before you can actually play it 🙈🙊#somejoke #stupidity #whatclowncameupwiththatidea pic.twitter.com/u4nkCn8nvP
— Tintur Holsteins 🐄🐄 (@tinturholsteins) December 25, 2017
Times have changed.
PlayStation caught wind and offered up a helpful guide.
— Ask PlayStation (@AskPlayStation) December 25, 2017
But fear not, a Twitter user by the name of @THE_OSU shared a little secret to make Christmas day run a bit smoother.
If you bought your kids a PS4 or Xbox one for Christmas, set them up tonight when they are sleeping and download all the system updates so they don't have to spend all morning doing it. You can install and update their games too. You'll be a hero tomorrow
— Herb Kirkstreit (@THE_OSU) December 24, 2017