Xbox One External HDD Details: Playing Games Need Installation, Format Doesn't Matter, Power Source

Some more details regarding upcoming external HDD features for Xbox One. Nelson talks about whether external HDD will only be used for storage purpose or for playing games as well, power source, format and lot more.

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corvusmd1185d ago

Nice, it seems like they are doing it right. You'll have to format the drive to be dedicated to XB1, but other than that, it's just a portable extension of your XB1 hard drive, you don't even need a power source for it. Also either way 16tb or no limit, that's a ton.

Septic1185d ago

Yeah external HDD support is a Godsend, especially not that the installation files for games are huge.

A very welcome move and nice that we aren't being asked to purchase first party proprietary hard drives as was feared initially.

Wikkid6661185d ago

I would still expect at some point to see a Xbox branded external drive though.

4Sh0w1185d ago (Edited 1185d ago )

Nelson replied: "You install to the external drive and then play games from it. Pull it out, head to your friends house. Plug it in, sign in to Xbox Live...BAM...all your games on the HDD are ready to be played off the HDD."

Yeah its "limited" to 16TB which is already overkill, because #1 you got to buy basicly every damm game available for years to fill it up and #2 most folks aren't going to be buying USB 3.0 16TB HDD that cost $1,500.

-I'll probably get this 4TB USB 3.0 that costs a very reasonable $150 and that should easily last me the next 5 yrs at least, hell 5 yrs from now IF I need to I'll upgrade to a 8TB, which should be dirt cheap by then.

-I really appreciate this decision by micro, this and making a huge creative game like Project Spark free standout as some of the best consumer friendly decisions they've made this gen.

hellzsupernova1185d ago

No one should complain about the limit, 16tb is a crazy amount of data.
Nice to see some good changes

Elit3Nick1185d ago

I agree I can't EVER see myself using anything close to that

GarrusVakarian1185d ago

Does anyone know if i can plug in my existing external HDD and watch movies/tv shows that are on it, on my X1? I used to do that on my 360, would be nice to be able to do the same on my X1.

creatchee1185d ago


Probably not, since it seems like your Xbox One will format the drive when you first connect it.

Baccra171185d ago

What video formats does the Bone support?

kreate1185d ago (Edited 1185d ago )

the 360 doesnt work like that anymore does it?
cuz when i plugged in my ex hdd, the system wanted to format the drive.

im hoping this x1 feaure will work the same way as the ps3. just plug and play.

but if its gonna format the drive, than that sucks.

lets see if ps4 can do it better. if ps4 cant do this by the end of this year, i think x1 have a good chance to catch up.

cuz my heart is moving toward the x1 over ps4.

HyperBear1185d ago

This is an awesome feature that I will definitely be taking advantage of when I buy my Xbox One :D

Even if there is a 16TB max limit, I don't think anyone would need anything bigger than perhaps 4TB, at least that's what I'll be using. Also, it's awesome that the Xbox One can also power the external drive without needing to plug the drive into an outlet.

TimeSkipLuffy1185d ago

I am buying the X1 as a secondary console because of the update to Games for Gold and this epic feature! :D
This is something I want for the PS4 for sure!

IRetrouk1185d ago

I agree that its a really good feature that sony need to implement, would really help with the whole running out of space on the main drive.

Mikelarry1185d ago (Edited 1185d ago )

You have the option to replace your hard drive on the ps4 to whatever size you want so you dont " run out of space on the main drive". I currently have a 2tb drive installed on mine, i am glad MS atleast offered us this option but i would have much preferred the ability to swap out the hard drive of my xbox one it just makes it another wire i have to run out of my one making it look really untidy.

Charybdis1185d ago

Only problem I see is indeed having an cable and extra hard-drive attached to the x1.

Agree that the ps4 also needs this feature swapping hard drives is nice feature. Though if you already downloaded some games to original hdd and decide on new hdd, without external hdd support you will need to re-download those games to the new hard-drive.

IRetrouk1185d ago

I know you can swap out the harddrive but you have to format the drive if you take it out and put it back in so that means redownloading everything, at least with the ability to add externally you can cut down on the hassle, I do see your point though.

Mikelarry1185d ago

@ retro and char

i never thought about it that way, thanks for the reply

IRetrouk1185d ago

No problem :-) to be honest I should have got a bigger drive day one but I just wasnt thinking about it, still have plenty of space left on my drive so will cross that bridge when I have to lol

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If youre implying that the ps4 is your primaery console, why would you want an xb1 because of games with gold? Isnt it pretty much the ssme thing as ps+ now? NOT trying to talk shit about the Xbox one. Just trying to figure out why using an external HDD and having another PS+-like service makes you want an xbone.

vega2751185d ago

Maybe he's interested in what is on game with gold or whats coming out for x1. I have ps+ and xbox live on both my consoles so I dont miss anything. The joy of having multiple consoles

djplonker1185d ago (Edited 1185d ago )


ps + and games for gold are hardly the same....

Games with gold

dust - 2012

saints row 3 - 2011


ps +

Puppateer - 2013

payday 2 - 2013

marumusa rebirth - 2013

everybodys golf - 2012

stick it to the man - 2013/14

No_Limit1185d ago (Edited 1185d ago )


"I have ps+ and xbox live on both my consoles so I dont miss anything. The joy of having multiple consoles "

Amen! I am with you, getting Mario Kart 8 in a week on Wii U, just got Wolfenstein on XB1 yesterday and decided to get Watch Dog for my PS4 at Best Buy next week due to them having marked down a year of PSN+ to $25 when I buy them together. Happy gaming.

Gamer6661185d ago


You are not taking into account several things around XBL as well...

It is not only about free games...

XBL also has XBox rewards which gives you Live rewards for purchases of games and playing games. The rewards are converted to money into your account on a monthly basis.

Also, I followed XBL and PSN+ sales (valentines, Halloween, end of year, seasonal, publisher, etc.) for a year. I found that XBL Gold had a total of $770 more savings on content prices than PS+.

So, when you look at value, it is not only about freebies. It is also about cost savings when you buy content, and financial rewards when you play games.

TimeSkipLuffy1185d ago

I intended to buy the X1 for their exclusive games anyway.
Most of the games probably be the same but I usually play PS4 at my home and have the X1 as replacement to play exclusive games and whenever my girlfriend is playing on my PS4 :D

Also GfG will also have their own exclusive games.

I might be a PS gamer but I don't look away when a competitor is doing something right :)
And 3 bucks a month for 2 X360 games to keep and 2 X1 games for rent is something awesome. They might have copied PS+ but copying good things is a good thing! :D

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PrinceOfAllSaiyans1185d ago

@Luffy Same here. I'm buying a XB1 this weekend. It will be my secondary console. My PS4 will always be my main platform. I think Sony should implement ex external HD support too. But you do know that you can just buy any laptop HDD and use it right ?

XiSasukeUchiha1185d ago


Good idea Thanks man Sony should listen to this one!

GodGinrai1185d ago

welcome to the club, PrinceOfAllSaiyans. See you on titanfall, sometime :)

TimeSkipLuffy1185d ago

yes, I know. I'm doing it for the PS3 (the slim model is even built just great to swap the drive without screw :D)

I don't have that many games for PS4 but it soon will be full. Switching HDs via USB 3.0 is just cooler for me. With X1 I can plug in any future 16TB external HD and just have one HDD instead of switching because 9.5mm drives won't get much bigger.

deepio1185d ago

If you can only use the HDD with an xbox one once it has been formatted then no chance of playing ripped/downloaded music and movies off it, which is a shame.

KwietStorm1185d ago

Yea that really sucks. I guess there had to be some negative about it.

Intentions1185d ago

Yeah, but it was the same for the xbox 360, if you wanted to use the USB as a storage device, you also had to let the 360 format it.

deepio1185d ago

True. Maybe you'll still be able to plug a separate HDD in with content already on it, in the future.

sgtGanGreen1185d ago

They said that for x360 and still I played my home videos and slideshow my pictures from camera

nevin11185d ago

so the X1 is a media device now?