Microsoft Turns On External Storage Support in Xbox One June Update
The company is readying an update that will finally allow Xbox One owners to make more room for their content by plugging in external hard drives.Coinciding with the release of the cheaper, Kinect-less Xbox One in June, Microsoft is readying a new update that will enable external storage support on the console. Xbox Live's Larry Hryb, also known as Major Nelson, announced in a blog post that next month, Xbox One owners will be able to plug in additional storage. "Your Xbox One system will soon support up to two external hard drives at once," said Hryb. "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." Xbox One currently ships with a 500GB hard drive that can fill up fast as the console's game and apps library continues to grow. External drive support also makes it more convenient to move downloaded games and content between Xbox One households, asserted Hryb. "The great benefit here is there's no need to wait to re-download your game and all the DLC. With external storage support in June, you can also choose to copy full games and all of the associated content in one easy step." On Twitter, Hryb revealed that can users can also name their hard drives. As proof, he offered a screenshot of a 1.8TB drive named "Angry Toast" along with an unnamed 3.6TB drive.
In a another tweet, Hryb assured that both solid-state drives (SSDs) and hard disk drives (HDDs) are supported, as are units that draw power from Xbox One or require a separate power supply. "I am using bus powered drives," he said.