How Do You Host a Private Server on ARK Xbox One?

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Larry Thompson

How Do You Host a Private Server on ARK Xbox One?

ARK: Survival Evolved is an incredibly popular open-world survival game that allows players to explore, tame, and survive in a prehistoric world filled with dinosaurs and other creatures. While playing on official servers can be exciting, hosting your own private server on ARK Xbox One can offer you more control over the gameplay experience. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of hosting a private server on ARK Xbox One.

Step 1: Download the ‘ARK: Survival Evolved’ Dedicated Server Tool

To start hosting your own private server, you will first need to download the ‘ARK: Survival Evolved’ Dedicated Server Tool from the Microsoft Store. This tool allows you to run a dedicated server for ARK on your Xbox One.

Step 2: Install and Launch the Dedicated Server Tool

Once you have downloaded the Dedicated Server Tool, install it on your Xbox One console. After installation, launch the tool from your games library.

Step 3: Configure Your Private Server Settings

Note: Before proceeding with this step, it’s essential to have a basic understanding of network settings and port forwarding.

When you launch the Dedicated Server Tool for the first time, you will be prompted to configure your server settings. This includes setting a name for your server, choosing a map (such as The Island or Scorched Earth), configuring player limits, adjusting harvesting rates, and more. Take your time to customize these settings based on your preferences.

Port Forwarding

In order for other players to connect to your private server, you need to enable port forwarding on your router. This process varies depending on your router brand and model.

To enable port forwarding, you typically need to access your router’s settings through a web browser and locate the port forwarding option. Once there, forward the necessary ports (default is 7777 for game traffic and 27015 for Steam query) to the IP address of your Xbox One console.

Step 4: Start Your Private Server

After configuring your server settings and enabling port forwarding, you are ready to start your private server. Simply select the ‘Start Server’ option in the Dedicated Server Tool. The tool will now launch a dedicated server instance on your Xbox One.

Step 5: Invite Friends to Join Your Private Server

Now that your private server is up and running, you can invite your friends to join your game. They can do this by searching for your server’s name in the ARK Xbox One server browser or by directly connecting using the IP address of your Xbox One console.

Troubleshooting Tips

  • If players are unable to connect to your private server, double-check that you have correctly configured port forwarding on your router.
  • Ensure that both you and your friends have updated versions of ARK: Survival Evolved installed on your Xbox One consoles.
  • If you encounter any technical issues or bugs while hosting a private server, refer to the official ARK forums or support channels for assistance.

Congratulations! You have successfully hosted a private server on ARK Xbox One. Enjoy exploring, taming, and surviving with complete control over your gameplay experience!

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