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Xbox One June update goes external

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Remember when 500 GB was a lot of space for a hard drive? Well, even though the new consoles have them standard, the game sizes have grown so much that they are filling up faster than ever. Now Xbox has a solution for that, and other problems. Your turn, PlayStation.

According to Microsoft’s details on the update that will launch sometime in June, Xbox One owners will be getting the two most requested features: external storage support and real names. The Xbox One will support up to two external hard drives at once for app and game backups or transfer. Sounds ideal for those whose internet is too slow or capped for downloading those massive games – just get a backup from your friend and then transfer onto your own console. Plan made. Additionally, it will save you from needing to delete all your favorite games just to make space for the latest and greatest release.

Meanwhile, for those with tons of Gamertagged friends, it can be hard to keep track of who is who. Now, with real names, it will be easier to find or recognize your real life friends and go play games with them. Don’t worry, though, your privacy can still be secured:

Most importantly, we heard your feedback that to make this most useful you need full control. You’ll be able to share with all your friends, a subset of your choosing, friends of friends or none at all. The choice is yours. Also, your name doesn’t show up in games, and you can change your settings any time from your profile and when adding new friends.

At this rate, the Xbox One will be the best console it can be by the time it launches locally in September. As much as I’m still miffed about the local delay for the console, it’s nice to know that when it comes we can get a fully upgraded, Kinect-less version if that’s what we want. The console has certainly improved over the past six months, I suppose we should be grateful that the rest of the world is beta testing it for us.

Last Updated: May 22, 2014


  1. CAE9872

    May 22, 2014 at 15:08

    Glad to see these from Microsoft. As you say, now it is Sony’s turn…

    I do love competition…


    • Deano

      May 22, 2014 at 16:56

      Sony are taking their time to update the PS4…. waiting….still waiting… anytime soon Sony.


  2. FoxOneZA

    May 22, 2014 at 15:11



  3. Hammersteyn

    May 22, 2014 at 15:22

    Next gen is heating up again. I love it!


    • Admiral Chief in Space

      May 22, 2014 at 15:29

      Aye, always funny seeing the common folk with their fights


      Jokes aside, I can’t wait to see the XBone launch in SA, just to see what the competition does to these two


    • Skyblue

      May 24, 2014 at 10:10

      “Next Gen” my ass, those system specs are mid-range 2011 PC equivalent at best.


      • Hammersteyn

        May 25, 2014 at 12:33

        True, but for us riding the short bus the new consoles are pretty awesome


  4. RinceofFuturePast

    May 22, 2014 at 15:30

    Keep it up!


    • FoxOneZA

      May 22, 2014 at 15:56

      See, MS are reading your comments. Even right now 😛


      • RinceofFuturePast

        May 22, 2014 at 15:57

        So took them 6 months to learn to read? 🙂 Not bad 😉


    • Dutch Matrix

      May 22, 2014 at 16:18

      What she said?


  5. Dutch Matrix

    May 22, 2014 at 16:18

    Wow. And here I was thinking it would only be compatible with an uber priced Microsoft external drive… Now if only I can download the updates etc from a PC and put that on the HDD then that would be super…


  6. Milesh Bhana

    May 23, 2014 at 13:29

    So will this support also allow media playback from external HDD’s?
    If so, how is the codec support on the XBONE?


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