A closer look at the Xbox One’s usable hard drive space: Is 360GB really acceptable?

Gamers hoping to upgrade to an all-digital lifestyle were met with disappointment when the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 were revealed to only have a hard drive storage capacity of 500GB. Soon after its US release, the PS4 was revealed to reserve 92GB of that space, making the effective available space of the HDD 408GB. The Xbox One hides how much HDD space is made available, but that number has now been revealed as 362GB, with Microsoft’s console sequestering a total of 138GB from the user.

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stuna11985d ago

This is attributed to the Xbox being OS heavy! The fact that it took a little digging to find this out makes me wonder what else is being hidden!? 3 OS's is a bit of an overkill truth be told.

IcicleTrepan1985d ago

I think I'll let Microsoft tell me what that extra space is used for, and not you, random Internet speculator.

SilentNegotiator1985d ago

I, too, only trust the people screwing me to explain how it is being done.

TrueJerseyDevil1985d ago

yea proving that MS cares more about the TV, Kinect, and the other features more than games

UnHoly_One1985d ago

Using a few extra GB of their HDD proves that they don't care about games??? What are you smoking?

SilentNegotiator1985d ago (Edited 1985d ago )

1XX GB is a "few extra"?

CYCLEGAMER1985d ago (Edited 1985d ago )

I have to disagree with them "not being focused on games". I am enjoying my gaming experience on the xb1 more than I did with the ps4, and that is due to the variety of next gen games available for it. I am simply having more fun on the xb1 with its exclusive games.

People disagreeing obviously do not or have not owned both systems. Keep buying into the hype people. Enjoy your systems!

kreate1985d ago (Edited 1985d ago )

"I am simply having more fun on the xb1 with its exclusive games"

Wish ppl said the same for the ps3. Supposedly ppl don't care about exclusives.

Cuz I'm having more fun on the ps3 than the xbox one with its exclusive games.

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TrueJerseyDevil1985d ago


The games are 32-50Gb EACH which means you cannot have many games stored on the hard drive, and you need them installed to play so yea it does mean they made a more entertainment based console.

UnHoly_One1985d ago

Look at the PS4 and how much HDD space it has.

It can probably hold 1 more game than the XB1.

That just doesn't seem like the monumental difference you make it out to be.

So it can hold 10 games instead of 9, that means they were solely dedicated to gaming?

C'mon, man. lol

CYCLEGAMER1985d ago (Edited 1985d ago )

Exactly what I was thinking, ONE more game is not that big of a difference, especially for the console that is "focused soley on games".

This whole "for the gamer" thing is simply a marketing term/tool that these fanboys and journalist are eating up. A console that is supposedly "not focused on games" should not have more next gen titles than the company that is (Sony), even if they are just launch titles. Next year there will be even more "hardcore titles" like Halo, Titantfall, Sunset Overdrive, and Quantum Break. The the games will equal out next year, but right now, the xb1 is killing the ps4 in the next gen game department.

Perecption has sadly become some peoples reality.

Did you guys forget that there will be an update that will allow external hardrives? Xbox users will not have to open their consoles, just simply plug and play.

-EvoAnubis-1985d ago

@UnHoly_One: But here's the thing: I can swap out my PS4's internal HDD very quickly, simply, and easily. I put a 1TB drive in my PS4 before I ever turned it on.

fattyuk1985d ago


PS4 owner wants to upgrade the HDD> Buy,Insert, Format
Xbone owner wants to upgrade the HDD> Scratchs head??

H0RSE1985d ago (Edited 1985d ago )

"so yea it does mean they made a more entertainment based console."

No it doesn't...

In the IGN vid where they tested the HDD space, they said they got about 20 games installed to the disk before it was full.

My question to is, does that seem reasonable to you? Does having only 20 games ready to play at one time fall into "not dedicated to games" territory?

It seems that the bigger problem are the gamers and their hoarding nature. Seems that apparently a game console isn't a game console unless it can store every single game at once... With this mindset, is the size of the HDD really a factor? If it was replaced with a 2TB disk and still managed to get full, would it still be low space issue?

Maybe I'm just not as "hardcore" as others, but I didn't even fill the 250gb drive on the 360 slim, and I installed every game before I played it. The thing is though, I uninstalled them when I was done playing them. The only games I kept installed, were arcade games, downloaded games from Games with Gold, and the handful or retail games I frequently played.

UnHoly_One1985d ago

Not everyone wants to open up their console and replace their hard drive, but I bet a lot of people will have no issue buying an external HDD from Amazon and plugging it in.

And like Horse said, did anyone really think they were going to be able to hold every game you own installed at once?

Even if you upgrade your HDD, it's going to fill up. At least mine would. I own almost 200 games for my 360, and I would expect to reach those kinds of numbers again this gen.

So unless I get something like an 8 TB drive I'm probably going to have to delete things from time to time. lol

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Digital_Anomaly1985d ago

At 30GB or higher for every forced game install, disc or not, I foresee a lot of adding and deleting going on for gamers. PAIN IN THE ASS.

GarrusVakarian1985d ago (Edited 1985d ago )

"I foresee a lot of adding and deleting going on for gamers. PAIN IN THE ASS."

I can't speak for the X1 as i don't own one yet but this really isn't that much of an issue for the PS4 because you can start playing a minute or so after the game starts installing (sometimes even less). So for the PS4 it isn't much of a problem YET but i still think both consoles should have shipped with 1TB HDD's for when games start releasing more often.

TRD4L1fe1985d ago

it is still going to be a problem wih the PS4, You're still going to have to delete old games in place for new ones.

I dont think I've waited more than 10 mins to start playin a game after initial install(DR3, AC black flag and legos) but yes i do agree both systems should have had a WAY bigger HDD

insomnium21985d ago

Ummm.. you can swap the HDD in PS4? You know this right? XBone gamers are screwed but people with PS4s will just swap the HDD and be done with it.

H0RSE1985d ago

So your answer for resolving the "pain in the ass" claim of needing to install and uninstall games, is to install a new hardrive into the system... if installing/uninstalling software is a PITA to some people, what do you think installing hardware would be like?...

If MS supports large capacity drives with its external storage support, I see it as an advantage over PS4 in this regard.

qu1ckset1985d ago (Edited 1985d ago )

Installing a 1.5TB HDD in my PS4 was so simple , pretty hard to mess up installing it!

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brianunfried1985d ago (Edited 1985d ago )

If it had a user upgradable HD and optional install, Sure.

My_Outer_Heaven1985d ago (Edited 1985d ago )

That's pretty bad! 360GB is not enough for a console that requires game installs from large blu-rays! 500GB isn't enough either which is why I would love to upgrade the PS4 HDD to at least 1TB someday when its own 500GB starts to get filled.

TRD4L1fe1985d ago

the PS4 only have 40GB more out the box than the XB1 and by the time your HDD fills up everyone would be switching out HDD for bigger ones

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