Xbox One External HDD support limited to 16TB

The June Xbox One system update will include the ability to utilize external storage devices. A Microsoft spokesperson has confirmed to that the upper limit for external storage support is 16TB.

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christocolus1182d ago (Edited 1182d ago )

Damn..that's huge.

Thumbs up to the update team,those guys are definitly doing a great job.

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Bathyj1182d ago

Hoho, you are such Dewitt

ThanatosDMC1182d ago

I bet a movie enthusiast can fill up 16tb real fast with their porn collection... errr... movie collection.

alexkoepp1182d ago (Edited 1182d ago )

More than enough for gaming needs. Not so much HD video content, but 16TB will be more than enough for 99% of the population, should last the entire generation.

With support for 2 drives, at 8TB apiece? Those don't even exist yet and won't for a good long while.

Bummer they have to be USB 3.0, I got an old 2.0 4TB I got a few years back I paid $380 for, be nice if I could use that.

500GB for X1/PS4 was a foolish decision. I'm sitting at 75% usage with 11 games on my X1 already. Considering there are 44 games available right now, you certainly couldn't have them all installed on your system, and we are only 6 months in. The systems should have had minimum 1TB, but 2TB would probably be optimal.

"Kinda working out to 40 games per terabyte"
I'd estimate 50GB a game, so I'd half that figure to be on the safe side.

FayZ_1182d ago

my porn collection disagrees :/

Malphite1182d ago

I remember people saying the same thing about 20GB. In a couple of years 16TB won't be that much anymore. It'll probably still be more than enough for the lifespan of the X1 though.

choujij1182d ago (Edited 1182d ago )

I have 18 TB in my PC. 6 3TB Barracudas (4 in RAID0 and 2 in Windows RAID).

Here's a pic:

I thought it was a lot when I built my PC last year, but I'm only left with 4.5TB of useable space between the 2 volumes. And that's because I already offloaded about 2 TB to an external drive.

BallsEye1182d ago

That's what I've said when I got my 20 MB's for Atari back in the day...probably for vast majority over here it's ancient history.

DLConspiracy1182d ago

Assuming that most games are between 14gb and 50gbs.. Let's just say each game is 50gbs. 16TB of room = 16,000Gbs

16,000 / 50gbs = 320 games.

That's a lot of games!!! So you can fit up to 500 if there are smaller files.. Man.. Xbox is doing great stuff.

killzone6191182d ago

will the ps4 support external HD? just curious considering it has USB 3.0 ports

jebabcock1182d ago

The title is worded as if that is a bad thing... Nothing is future proof but anyone complaining about 17tb for a console needs help...

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DaGamingKing1182d ago

Wow! Thats incredible. But, I'll add this.
When 360 launched the best model was 20GB. The biggest now is 320GB. Or, 16 times the original size. Now, my 320GB drive is filled.

The X1 came with a 0.5 TB drive, which is solid, however a 16TB drive would represent 32 times as much storage. I fully expect that this should cover the next generation, especially if games take between 5Gb and 50gb in instal size, plus updates, DLC etc.

Great move, and hopefully this suffices over next 5-7 years.

n4rc1182d ago

I only have a network drive at home so I'll need a new external for my x1.. Started thinking about storage..

I have ten games in under 250gb (its at 50% but os takes room etc)

Kinda working out to 40 games per terabyte.. Realized that and stopped looking at 4tb drives.. People need to think about how many games they actually buy... 16.5tb is insane and way more then 99.9% of people would need..

rainslacker1181d ago

Early last gen games didn't take up as much space on the hard drive either. As the gen progressed they began using more of the hard drive for quicker access. Then of course digital became a bigger thing.

I do have a feeling by the end of this gen, you'd be lucky to be able to find a 1TB drive, much like you have to hunt down anything that's less than 40GB nowadays.

AngelicIceDiamond1182d ago (Edited 1182d ago )

Realistically I'm only gonna need 8. And that will last forever for me.

EDIT: Somewhat offtopic what do you guys think of this vid?

Can this happen in the future updates?

dasbeer881182d ago

What people are forgetting to realize that while next generation consoles are coming, the next gen games are also getting bigger and bigger. Also don't forget lazy developers bring day-one patches which, depending how broken the game is, can be incredibly enormous.
So I wouldn't be surprised if 1 TB is going to limit less than 20 next-gen games.

KwietStorm1182d ago

Man, still with the "lazy" developers?

n4rc1182d ago

You are right.. Games probably will get larger..

But most updates rewrite data, not simply add to it.. A 2gb update may only add 500mb to the total size

Nine_Thousaaandd1182d ago

Well, nice update for Xbox users. Congrats to Microsoft for making it happen.

I was curious to see how much a 16TB HDD would cost, WOW...a whopping $1000.00-$10,000.00! And I've seen them priced up to $20,000.00

I think it's safe to say, that most if not all Xbox users will be using on average 1TB to 8TB units. 8TB cost around $650 or more...but nonetheless...a great update for Xbone.

Cobberwebb1182d ago

You can have TWO external HHDs with the update. So two 8GB HDDs not one 16GB.

vega2751182d ago (Edited 1182d ago )

I ordered 2 5tb hard drives from Amazon last night. So I have 10.5TB right there which should hold me for a long time

Edit: also love the fact you can take it to your friends house with it. Just plug and play. Nice

GameSpawn1182d ago (Edited 1182d ago )


Some of the stupidly expensive 16TB storage solutions you may have found were NAS'es. NAS enclosures have proprietary software that you are shelling serious money for. Some are made from numerous SSDs combined together (VERY EXPENSIVE). Also some have mirroring meaning you actually have much more than 16TB (or whatever the stated capacity) of combined space between drives, but some of the drives are used for duplication (mirror) and/or as "hot spares" in the event of drive failures.

RAID 6 is one of the most resilient RAID types (especially with mirroring), but because of the largest minimum drive requirement due to the double parity it is also the most expensive.

The irony of RAID is that one of its acronyms (not a fully correct one, especially now) is "Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks". A more correct acronym is "Redundant Array of Independent Disks".

Other factors add to external drive price (beyond those in NAS'es) such as connectivity options -- Thunderbolt being the most expensive connectivity option, especially when combined with eSATA, USB3.0, and Firewire 800 simultaneously. Those planning on getting drives for the XBO can obviously focus on USB3.0 only drives to keep the price down.

rainslacker1181d ago

Could get an external USB raid enclosure and get several cheaper drives.

Probably better to just scale as needed though unless you are really into techie cool stuff that none of your friends will care about.

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how am i supposed to run my spaceship now?

parentoftheyear1182d ago

Wow, This is an Amazing feature.

Vystrel1181d ago

I guess if not being able to upgrade your internal hard drive and allowing you to use external hard drives like you should always be able to is a "feature" then sure

parentoftheyear1181d ago

@vvstrel. I'm a playstation fan. I own a ps4. Won't own an Xbox for a while, I do know I can't purchase a 16tb 2.5" internal hard drive for my ps4. So ya this is very cool.

Visiblemarc1182d ago

Says you, meanwhile I have a pile of 17 Terabyte hard drives rotting in the corner. ;)

Pogmathoin1182d ago

Sckipt, well be a good Sony fanboy and complain about all the X1 updates, and you can call it evens...... Game over.....

amazinglover1182d ago

Me too glad to have an update here and their then one big one every six months or so. I do believe the updates will start to be spread out a little more around November since that when the console will be what it should have been at launch feature wise at least. Am happy though finally now I can put my 2TB drive I bought just for this to use.

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GamingAngelGabriel1182d ago

If you ever need more than that, you can probably afford a second Xbox.

christocolus1182d ago

Lol.Very true