Major Nelson: With the next system update coming in June, we’re thrilled to announce two of your most-requested features will be here soon: external storage support and real names for identifying your friends.
Yes very cool, this is the ONE I've been waiting for. You can use ANY USB 3.0 256GB or more external harddrive and you can even use up to two external drives simultaneously. There are other nice additions but that is the major thing I appreciate. As expected X1 is evolving and getting better and better I just didnt expect the pace of these updates to come so fast, keep 'em coming.
when it comes down to it, Xbox One will be getting all the features users are asking for a lot quicker than PS4. Sony just can't keep up with these updates
I agree, but both companies do updates differently. MS tends to give us smaller updates more frequently, while Sony fives us larger updates less frequently. Quick question, will external storage support allow us to watch movies/TV shows that are on our external HDD's? Or can it only be used for storage of games/game data?
@Blaze929 I'm not denying that these features coming to xbox one aren't awesome, but why does Sony need to catch up? Most of the features that Microsoft is/has implementing/implemented have been on ps4 since day one. Maybe not being able to use an external HDD, but you can certainly swap out the internal drive for a much bigger drive. I swapped out my 500GB HDD for a 1TB HDD day one. I think Microsoft is the one(no pun intended) playing catch up here. All that said, it seems that both sony and Microsoft are listening to what gamers want, which is great!
Why did you even have to bring Sony into it? External HDD? Big whoop, thank god I could've swapped out my internal HDD since launch. Real Names? Once again since launch. Just be happy with your console and stop trying to compare it to the ps4.
Hey bro I'm just glad I can keep going all digital with my games without worry of space constraints. Plus I can now just load up all games on 1 portable huge drive to take to my relatives house to play my games on their X1, which leads to my question of how this will work exactly to prevent folks from just DLing and sharing???
@lukas I'm wondering the same myself lol
You do know that this stuff is available on PS4 already?
@JDabney24 "but you can certainly swap out the internal drive for a much bigger drive. I swapped out my 500GB HDD for a 1TB HDD day one" There are 2 issues I see with that.... 1) The average consumer will not know how to swap out an internal drive. An external hard drive is plug and play, the average consumer can do that with ease. It doesn't require you to know the 2.5 inch size requirements of the HDD, to ensure it will fit internally into your console. All it requires is that you have a USB3.0 cable/hdd. 2) A bigger drive? How much bigger? As far as I know the largest 2.5"HDD that you can currently put into a PS4 is 2TB. External HDD space is well beyond 2TB. Just look at the video (1:47), this xbox update allows you to use two hard drives simultaneously. Showing that 5.7TB of space was now available. Yet you say one of the best software companies in the world is the one playing catch up here? Yes I know the XB1 is just now implementing REAL NAMES. It's something I use with my friends on PS4. Anyhow, the rate in which Microsoft is able to update the XB1 console, shows that their specialty is SOFTWARE. I'll say this, stop being so insecure and focus on playing the great games headed our way from all 3 current gen consoles. You will have more fun that way, I know I will. I own an XB1, PS4, Wii U, and vita. Play games, not consoles my friend.
hurry up and catch up M$, sony's had these features for the ps4 already.
theres plenty of features on x1 that ps4 doesn't have.
sure, name a few please.
Just downloaded the May update a few days ago. You can download it manually now. Another update Microsoft, is busy.
"Microsoft, is busy." Most certainly...updates are coming out so fast, the console I bought 6 months ago is no longer the same. -New features added and features that just never made release date but should of been there. -New policies added and some reversed. Can't say I should of waited tough..been enjoying the console and my Kinect features. Can't wait for the Plex integration...
you, are right. microsoft, has been, awesome
Great, I only have 12% remaining. This is one major nelson has been using: Seagate Expansion 4TB Desktop External Hard Drive USB 3.0 (STBV4000100)
I hope they release what kind of external is required before the date
Any external hard drive, that uses 3.0 usb, i would think?
Any USB 3.0 external drive with at least 256 GB. You can even use up to two external drives simultaneously.
Awesome already got one ready
Actually, there is no limit (no pun intended :D) on how many drive you can use. If you run out of space for the two external drive, you can swap them out and add in additional external HDDs. I think this is a much better solution than having to swap out internal HDD.
Basically any 256GB+ USB3.0 windows 8 supports the xbox will support, since it runs windows 8.
any 3.0 and over 250gb will work
Make it backwards compatible.... I will be more than happy!
Xbox One didn't already have real names? I think that's a nice feature to have. I use it somewhat with my friends on my PS4. It can be confusing though too! LOL You tend to get used to people's gamertags for their names. I still call my friends by their gamertags even though I know their names.
Are they real life friends though?
Nope, not really. A couple of them live in my area and we have met up for some lunch, but most of them I haven't even met in RL.
My real friends already know my real name, no need to show random strangers my real name just to play games. Honestly I think using real names is just foolish, it would be sort of like real names on n4g; why do I want to know your real name or you know mines?, if you or I decide we have alot in common and want to associate outside of n4g that's what PM's are for. I don't ever see using my real name on my profile, gamertags are perfect for online gaming.
@Nineball2112 That makes sense then. I too call people I have met online by their PSN, or a nickname formed from it, rather than their real name. @4Sh0w I doesn't apply to strangers though, just the people you invite to see it. Don't see how that's foolish, just a nice option - I take advantage of it on PS4, makes it feel more personal.
dodgemoose well maybe foolish is an overstatement but honestly I like the fact that even with my closest friends I associate their gamertag with them online. I really just don't want to use my a real name or for example my friends real name "Mike Smith", no it just better for my gaming mindset to play with "MightyMike" and wasn't that the whole point long ago when gamertags were first introduced= to have a cool/fun online nicknames represent you instead of your real name....lol when someone calls me my real name I feel like I'm at work.
Real names? Following sonys idea once again!
give me a break, they both borrow from each other and other companies. This is how progress is made.
With that logic, I can say that Sony copied off of Microsoft and Sega by making an online service
Same goes for trophies, Party Chat, X360 controller, Ethernet, they also copied Nintendos Motion Controls
That smart glass feature is actually really awesome...I usually use the controller that came with my cable box...because voice commands don't work most of the time with going to channels but now I can use the smartglass Edit: the real names were requested features I believe I actually think it's neat the way the ps4 does it your friends actually request your real name...this feature different but I don't think ppl will use it that much it's only convienient when you know the person Also what is the largest USB drive you can get I really don't want a big external drive hanging out of my console any suggestions would help
"Your Xbox One system will soon support up to two external hard drives at once. Simply plug in your 256 GB or larger USB 3.0 external hard drive and once formatted, copy and move games, apps and game add-ons to increase your storage capacity at home." Put two 4 terabyte drives on ya xbox son.
Buys external storage drive off eBay daily deals lol
Very nice! So curious to try some experiments with the external storage and read times. Hoping if we use external SSD drives with games and apps we can get better load times.
USB 3.0 is 5GBits & Sata 2 is 3GBits so were getting a boost either way, SSD will just max that 5GBit connection.
REAL NAMES COOOOL we need REAL profile pics please
Lol, not sure if you are serious, but you can take your gamer pic with Kinect/Skype I believe.
Great work MSFT, keep the updates coming. I have bought mainly disks thus far, but with external hard drive support I may go more toward digital download. Just checked amazon should I go Western Digital or Seagate?
I Ike both but Seagate is usually cheaper and is just as good as WD. Just remember, you do nott need all the bells & whistles. The Xbox One is only able to use the HDD space, not the software that comes with the drive.
I don't want real names. I prefer my blackstrr. Blackstrrr is online sounds better than Buhari is online. I don't want to know my "enemies" real names
It's an optional feature not mandatory.
So xbox one will have more space than ps4 since ps4 has less USB plug in
Not really not if u can swap out ur hard drive
Well, I have a 1.5tb HDD installed out of my PS4 but since it is a single drive, it has its limit. On the external drive of the XB1, you can literally use 10 drives and swap them out (plug and play) and there is NO-Limit to the amount of storage you can use.
Even if you never swap drives it's going to have more capacity than the largest drive you can actually fit inside a PS4. That is the problem with internal. It has to FIT. I could get two 4TB drives right now, they'll take up a little space on the shelf, but that's it. I don't forsee a small enough 8 TB drive coming along that will fit inside a PS4.
im just pointing out the fact that xbox can have 2 external drive plug in at the same time. which i find it pretty sweet.
only keeps getting better and better. keep up the good work Microsoft
Xbox One updates every month are golden. I love this console.
At this rate, the XB1 is going to be completely different from what we have now by the end of the year with all these upgrades and additions and I'm all for it.
Look at the 360. The dashboard updates made to console look new almost every 6-9 months. I remember the early days on the 360.
@Hankmoody Look at the 360 have you forgotten how MS kept improving its features through out its life time? Funkytown seems to remember quite well. Ms has always done a terrific job with updates.
The updates for the 360 were nowhere near as frequent. I love the fact that I have something new to look forward to every month or so with the XB1 rather than having to wait 6-9 months like Funky Town said.
sweet! I can continue buying my games as digital copies, without worring about space =D
hate digital coz how u gonna re sale ur game??
RUMOR has it that Microsoft is working on a DIGITAL TRADE IN STORE :-) Just look at some recent comments from PHIL SPENCER. 1) "We believe in a digital future on our box," ... On the digital space, and the things that we've talked about, what that opens up: like, we understand what games you own and who you are and how you move around and who you might want to loan rights to your games or gift your games to. 2) "We totally believe in that future. And any other marketplace you play in, these kind of mechanisms are out there." 3) "I know when I say this I always get beat up, but I think some of what we were trying to say last summer was right," 4) "We are now fully heads down on thinking about and building out the future of our digital marketplace to enable what people would expect, and hopefully some things that will delight them beyond their expectations." This leads me to believe that the Sharing/Loaning/Trading of digital software will be implemented back into the XBOX ONE at some point soon.
I don't know about that real name thing. There are alot of nuts out there. I don't want some clown stalking me because I whipped his ass in Killer Instinct. No real name for me!!!
you have the options to choose who sees your real name
You don't see real names in MP games either, only in your friends list and only if you choose to show it.
MS putting in that work. do this guys ever sleep as every week or so another huge requested update from the xbox owners gets released
Those Xbox software engineers sure know how it's done. The OS setup also helps because it's completely separate to the game one so it's easier for them to work with.
Microsoft "copy & Paste" machine... STARTED...
XB1's evolution is based on the fans requests and has nothing to do with competition. My XB1 just became my go to media device. It's starting to be the media hub I assumed it would be back when XB1 was Durango.
I see they added the auto sign in for the half ass sku thats coming.