Xbox One update error locking gamers out of their consoles Xbox One update error locking gamers out of their consoles
Error code 0x8b050033 0x00000000 0x00000201 is proving to be a major pain for Xbox One the world over, and no one seems to know... Xbox One update error locking gamers out of their consoles

Error code 0x8b050033 0x00000000 0x00000201 is proving to be a major pain for Xbox One owners the world over, and no one seems to know what’s wrong with their console.

As first spotted by Stevivor and also by a host of gamers on Reddit, the faux update appears to brick consoles, stopping them from connecting online, or in rare cases, boot the console up at all.

“You need this update to use your console, but something went wrong,” the error reads.

 

The problem initially seemed related to the Xbox One Preview Program, with a new update seemingly breaking before it had a chance to update the console.

However, the issue seems far more widespread. It could be that a planned Spring update has been inadvertently launched earlier than planned, causing havoc with Xbox One consoles.

When gamers boot up their Xbox One, they’re signed into their account, only to be met with the error message that locks them out. They can either turn their Xbox One off, or use it offline.

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How to fix Error code 0x8b050033 0x00000000 0x00000201

So far there’s no official fix, and as of this morning the issue appears to persist for a number of Xbox One users (including this author).

Here are some things you can do:

  1. Do a “hard reset” of your console by holding the Xbox on button until you hear it switch off.
  2. Select “Stay offline”, and then attempt to manually connect to Xbox Live via the dashboard
  3. Set your console to “Instant On” in the console settings, and then do a hard reset
  4. Attempt to remove yourself from the Xbox One Preview Program (if you’re in it)
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  • George Jarjoura

    May 4, 2017 #1 Author

    mine acted up too / got it to boot back to normal by removing the external HDD and doing a hard reset(holding down the Xbox logo on the system until it beeps and does a hard shut down). Upon booting back up without the external hard drive connected, system worked fine. Plugged in external HDD to newly working system, system continues to work as usual