I've had mine few days and first thing I did was update via wireless so didn't notice what was on it yet sure it will have earlier system software on it anyway. I think latest games may have it on game disc so maybe able to do it that way. If doing via wireless do it before he's given it as can take an hour. Also, I'd charge gamepad as that takes couple of hrs although it can be used whilst charging if connected to its charging cable. I've found when not being used to leave it in it's charging keeps it charged up for next game session. Hope that helps as you've got him a great fun console?