Xbox One Update to feature Hard Drive Support

For Xbox One users struggling to juggle their existing hard drive space, news that a June update will feature support for external hard drives will be very warmly received. On Xbox Wire, Major Nelson stated that:

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.”

He also went on to say:

This is also a great way to take your content to a friend’s house and get straight into a game directly from an external drive. You’ll need to sign in to Xbox Live if you’ve purchased your content digitally or insert a disc to verify your game ownership when you take your content on the road…”

…which is undoubtedly a further bonus for Xbox One users, and would strongly suggest Microsoft have been listening closely to their customers, seeking to deal quickly with some of the more common, and recurring, concerns. The ability to take downloaded games around to a friend’s house, for example, will certainly be popular, and indicates a willingness on Microsoft’s part to engage with their core community.

smartglass 1This impression was further reinforced by the news that the update will also make finding friends using their real names easier, as well as adding a fair amount of additional functionality and cool features for the SmartGlass App. Not least of these will be the option to use it as Universal Remote Control, which, if they’re anything like me, could save Xbox One users literally hours of faffing around.

All-in-all, the full statement seemed to include a whole lot of great news for Xbox One users, and builds on the momentum and goodwill Microsoft have been gaining recently.

 

Your move, Sony!!

 

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