More info on Xbox One external storage coming soon, says Major Nelson

Microsoft is working on adding the much-requested external storage feature to Xbox One.

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This is a picture of an Xbox One controller, because finding a good image to represent external storage is tough.

Xbox One support for external storage is inching closer, with Microsoft spokesperson Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb saying that the much-requested feature will be "coming soon".

Writing on Reddit, Hryb said that the Xbox One would soon support the ability to keep games on external storage. He added that he would need to check about whether the console could also support media held on an external drive.

Hryb also added that he will confirm whether there will be a limit--such as how the Xbox 360 can't format a USB stick partition higher than 32GB--when there is more information.

The comments follow Microsoft saying in March that it was working on supporting external storage. Xbox One planning chief Albert Penello also recently said that Microsoft intends for external storage on the console to be "open".

The next Xbox One system update, due in April, will bring friend notifications back to the console.

Discussion

104 comments
daviz88
daviz88

eh.... Gamespot are you high?. where is the watch dog 101 trailer?

pedrovay2003
pedrovay2003

I love how people immediately try to find reasons to bash Microsoft, saying they'll gimp external storage on the Xbox One. They sold their own hard drives for the 360, and didn't want to compete with their own sales, so they limited the amount of external space you could use, as stupid as it was. This time around, you can't remove the Xbox One's hard drive; there's no reason to limit the external space when they won't be losing money because of branding.

Vodoo
Vodoo

It better support high storage amounts, especially since games are nearly 50GB's with disc install and some dlc.

I plan on buying a LaCie Rugged 2TB USB 3 Thunderbolt Series hdd. It's got both a USB 3.0 port and a Thunderbolt port (wish XB1 supported that). The XB1 can use the USB 3 port and my Asus gaming laptop can use the Thunderbolt port. I've been itching to utilize that damn TB connection. Only downside is that it's $300, but it comes with a TB cable, which is $30 alone.

I thought only Apple computers had those TB ports until I realized that it's on my Asus. Don't know why companies don't use it more, it's about double the speed of USB 3 and FireWire.

ArchoNils2
ArchoNils2

I wpuld love to have this on my Ps4, then I would use an HHD for the Ps4 and an external (if usb 3) for data

rdwolf260
rdwolf260

People, people...when Microsoft says it will be "open" they mean they're open to do whatever makes them the most amount of money. Do you want to plug in that 2T external drive you got from TigerDirect on the cheap for $100? Well too effing bad because it doesn't have the Xbone logo on it, Xbone will only be able to partition 500G for you to use (50G of which will be reserved for "system" stuff) and it will only hook up using a special adapter which Microsoft will gladly sell you for $19.99...sound familiar folks?

berserker66666
berserker66666

Yea sure. They can't wait to charge you $150 - $200 bucks for a eHDD that only supports the Xbone. But the bigger question is....does it support stickers?

hystavito
hystavito

What bugs me is they keep saying it will be "open", but they still haven't just come out and said yes you can use any standard storage device.  "Open" could mean something like a special proprietary device but licensed out to other companies, so like MS' version alongside other partners' versions, but not just any standard storage device.  Until I hear them say it's just any storage you choose, I will be skeptical about how "open" it will be.

compu22
compu22

Awesome. Cant wait for the news. Hopefully PS4 gets this too. 

canuckbiker
canuckbiker

I really wish they would implement this feature into the ps4. It's nice I could replace their common 500gb hdd for a 1tb hybrid drive, but the space always goes faster than expected, and external use for more than game save back ups would be awesome.

gamespotpanayis
gamespotpanayis

Just give us info, or don't give us info Larry.  There really is no point in letting us know you may give us information soon... it's really just wasting everybody's time.

bwest3
bwest3

About time, you want to sell digital only, but only give us around 300gb to use and most games are around 15-50gb, do the math.

walmonger
walmonger

Why do they call him Major Nelson? Effing douchebag. His name is Larry right? Hryb, Hryb? Where does Major Nelson come into it?  

gamespotpanayis
gamespotpanayis

Hopefully they can be used for games, apps and media.  From Microsoft's announcement about universal Windows Apps being available on the Xbox 1 (along with tablet, phone and PC), I think storage for apps will become very useful.

neowarrior121
neowarrior121

i don't really like this external storage root MS took, i don't really want 3 external hard drives connected to the device just so i can play all my games (assuming i have that many over the years) don't really want stacks of hard drives next to the console interchanging them when i feel like playing an old game + it makes the console look ugly. yea the ps4 is more of a hassle but at least it won't turn into wires galore.

theKSMM
theKSMM

@hystavito I understand your skepticism, but I'm hard-pressed to imagine that they would do anything that makes the XBOX ONE less capable than the 360.  They should have learned their lessons in the previous gen about the folly of proprietary memory cards.  Doing that again would be a step backwards for Microsoft.

streamline
streamline

I would blame Gamespot on this one. They have nothing interesting to report so this lame stuff shows up. I am sick of this Larry guy, though.

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

@gamespotpanayis  There is also no point in Gamespot reporting on Larry Hryb, when he doesn't have anything to say.  Blame the reporter, not the speaker.

grenadehh
grenadehh

@gamespotpanayis  Yea what a fucker being open and communicative and trying to keep people up to date. MS and their stupid wide open customer communication about Xbox.

streamline
streamline

Ooh, you got me thinking about MS only external HDs. Another way for MS to get more money out of Xbox One fans.

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

@bwest3 Oh, but they said 500gb is more than anyone will ever need...though some people already are reporting they have 75% of their hard drive filled up, and the systems have only been out a little over 6 months.


But hey, Microsoft has a solution, you can pay some more for an external hard drive!  What's that going to cost, $100 bucks, if they use the old Microsoft playbook and make you buy the 1 and only Microsoft approved format of hard drive?

lateralus1
lateralus1

@Riddick123 The PS4 HDD is swappable with ANY brand internal HDD as long as it in the 2.5" size format and at least 160GB's. The Xbox1 does NOT let you change the drive without voiding your warranty. Internal HDD's are cheaper than external ones.

themc_7
themc_7

@Riddick123  So far, no. But you never know in the future they might add it. It's a great feature to have.

themc_7
themc_7

@walmonger  I don't like how they call him by his gamertag. They try to earn him some credit with the gamers, but I get the sense that this guy games about as much as my grandma. xXGrandmaPwnsNoobfagsXx add her on XBL haha

dreamcast210
dreamcast210

@walmonger  Welcome to 2003. Major Nelson has been an Xbox Live figurehead for about that long. How do you not know this?

grenadehh
grenadehh

@neowarrior121  Or as I've said numerous times....you can learn to manage space like an adult instead of an over-indulgent immature man child who can't fathom the possibility of not having 250 games all available at the same time and can't wait 5 minutes for one of them to install if not. I do it every day with my Steam library, I have to uninstall games to install other ones, and I don't bitch about it.

gamespotpanayis
gamespotpanayis

@neowarrior121  I agree.. it would have been nice to have the hard drive as a removable device.. similar to how laptops have dealt with this for many many years.  It obviously is removable.. just a bit of a bitch to get to and I don't really want to go through that just to upgrade a HDD.

But External storage is also a must if you want to buy everything digitally.  Those little 2.5 inch higher capacity drives certainly start getting expensive.. so a big beefy 3.5 inch external beastie.. or even eSata drive capability would be ideal.

spartanx169x
spartanx169x

@neowarrior121 I prefer having the option. Externals are much easier to deal with at least for me. Takes 2 second to plug them in. And you put away what you are not using. If I only used internal ones I would be switching them out every six months. I don't have to do that with externals.

Vodoo
Vodoo

Hopefully they won't force you to use multiple small drives like they did on the 360. Only letting you use at the most a 16GB stick, but u can use 2.

Putting a measly 500GB internal drive that's permanent was a really DUMB move on their part. I have 6 XB1 games and for the last 2 months have only had 41% left of my hdd space. So more than HALF of the drive is used up by only 6 games. That's PATHETIC!

RainIsMyDrug
RainIsMyDrug

@spacecadet25 @bwest3  


they can alway make the ex HD in a weird form or shape so nothing else can use it except for the xb1 ..like how sony did the vita memory card 

pedrovay2003
pedrovay2003

@lateralus1 While this is true, I actually think external drives are better, since you have more control over your data (being able to back stuff up on a PC, for example). I loved how external storage worked on the 360, and I'm hoping it's the same here, minus the storage limit (which I doubt this console will have).

streamline
streamline

themc_7 I hate it, too. Gamespot keeps bringing it up. It is like trying to get an old guy sounding cool but his slang is from the 70s.

FLEEBS
FLEEBS

@Riddick123 @walmonger  Hard core gamer he is not. You should look up his gamertag and game history.

themc_7
themc_7

@spartanx169x @neowarrior121  will there be speed requirements? Pulling data off a drive can be slow, what if the XB1 is pulling game data off the drive and it's incredibly slow?

neowarrior121
neowarrior121

@spartanx169x @neowarrior121  well each there own, my consoles in a space where theres no room for other stuff so external hard drives are a big no no. 

streamline
streamline

Riddick123, PS4 does allow for HD upgrades. Was that a poke at MS?

FLEEBS
FLEEBS

@grenadehh @FLEEBS  It's not all about the gamerscore. If you look at the types of games he has played and the achievements he has unlocked and the ones he hasn't it's pretty clear that he doesn't even play through most of his games. I'm not even saying he cares about achievements, because maybe he doesn't. But many achievements will tell you what kind of gamer a person is. For example, if he has completed the story/campaign on certain games his achievements would reflect that. If he likes to get collectibles in game, his achievements would reflect that, if he likes to play lots of multiplayer, his achievements would reflect that. And so on. I honestly haven't looked at his gamertag for awhile, but the last time I did I remember thinking that his game history, not gamerscore, showed he wasn't much of a gamer, and certainly not a hardcore gamer. 


Gamerscore and game history together can pretty well paint a good picture of what type of gamer a person is.

grenadehh
grenadehh

@FLEEBS  He has a higher gamer score than I do and I am a hardcore gamer.

spartanx169x
spartanx169x

@neowarrior121 @spartanx169x I'm sure you know this , but its worth saying. If space is a factor for you, I would be careful  about it over heating. I've seen many electronics burn up/overheat from being in tight confined areas. even with fans blowing on them