Report: Xbox One HDD maxed out at 362GB

Around one-quarter of the system's storage space already filled before you install anything, new report finds.

The Xbox One's 500GB maxes out at 362GB-365GB, meaning around one-quarter of the system's storage space is already filled before users download anything.

That's according to a new video report from IGN, which installed 20 games (of various sizes) to the system before meeting the cap. This figure also includes save files, apps, and GameDVR clips, though these file sizes are minimal compared to full-game downloads.

A Microsoft representative said that the discrepancy between the advertised 500GB hard drive space and the actual space users have for games and apps comes down to the basic console operating system install and some of the native first-party apps like Internet Explorer.

The Xbox One does not support external storage, which would conceivably solve the issue of limited storage space if a user could install games to a 1TB hard drive, for example. And though the Xbox One's hard drive is technically replaceable, doing so will void your warranty.

Yesterday, Microsoft released the Xbox One's first mandatory system update, which addressed various system, SmartGlass, and matchmaking issues.

Wii U owners encountered a similar issue. The since-discontinued 8GB Wii U Basic model only had around 3GB of free space for games after the required system installs.

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jark888
jark888

Buying Xbox One Now? Nah. When they have terabyte HDD, we'll talk. 

rarson
rarson

A 500 GB drive will have, in reality, about 465 GB of useable space (this is due calculating a GB as a thousand MB, instead of 1024 MB, which it actually is). That means the OS and pre-installed stuff is using about 100 GB. That's a lot of space! A typical Windows 7 or Windows 8 installation takes up maybe 40 gigs. It's a bit curious why the Xbox One is using so much space.

James Clayton
James Clayton

Erkan Kizilcak must I? Yet I have had xbox since it first came out, Nintendo before that, and various computer related things I'm making the point that they shouldn't advertise falsely, don't assume things

Kenpachi Zaraki
Kenpachi Zaraki

I'm there bother... MSI GT70 GTX780m, and a Desktop i7 + GTX680 :D

Tyler Dnap VanNeste
Tyler Dnap VanNeste

the SYSTEM will use what ever space it needs to, when I say system I dont mean games, DLC, gamer tags, I mean the system, the brains, the mother hen of the works will use what ever it needs. If xbox rolled out a major 100GB update, then system will use whatever space needed, but most the time it doesn't know what to delete after a update, so it keeps those files,

Quinton Crowe
Quinton Crowe

I'm curious as to why they both are waiting to do a space increase update, rather than having it be a part of the day-1 update...

Tyler Dnap VanNeste
Tyler Dnap VanNeste

if anyone is interested in the "delete hibernation files" give me a shout, it will not harm your system, you can reenable it if u want to later. It will save you about 50GB and more depending on the size of your drive

Tyler Dnap VanNeste
Tyler Dnap VanNeste

@Ethan David Knight @Cesar Becerra - its because your going by GB, which is a easier conversion then saying 1, 500, 298, 342, 400 bytes, even though in windows it would read only 1.36TB. For instance 1GB is actually 1024 MB, but we wouldn't say 1024MB, we would say 1GB. In your example your 1TB will read 902GB but if u converted it into bytes it would be 1 000 000 000 000 bytes which is 1TB worth of bytes. If u go into your COMPUTER, right click the drive, pull up properties, and above the pie graph it will list your drives capacity in bytes, then right next to that in TB, or GB which ever higher so in my computer I have a 1.5TB hard drive, which windows says its only 1.36TB, but it also says it 1 500 298 342 400 bytes which is true capacity I also have a 160GB hard drive, which windows says is 148GB, but 159 892 107 264 bytes remember files are store per bit, byte rather then per MB if that makes sense Also keep in mind that windows loves to rob space from your hard drive. hibernation mode (just for having it on) will take about 25% of your drive, on top of caches, restore points, and many other things. If u do not use hibernation mode, there's away to delete the files safely from your PC, disable it and re-obtain about 15 - 25% of your space. As years past u will lost sectors along the way too, which decreases storage. that's why when you store a file its actually larger on disk then the file is . . . example a regular document might be 188KB (192, 816 bytes) large, but when stored on a hard rive it will end up as 192KB (196, 608 bytes) on disk. in Xbox's cause, u say have a 500GB hard drive, but the system will take about 10% space so it always has room for updates, system files, caches, ect, and if it uses that 10% it will start to dynamically pull memories from your hard rive until you delete old system files, updates anything obsolete. dont be worried about your 1TB reading only 902GB, because if u convert in back into bytes it will read proper . . .

Shane Ali
Shane Ali

The power of the Cloud and Made possible by Kinect... More BS from MS

BorgMind00
BorgMind00

Really, this is not so much of a problem. If people had any sense they would realize that 500 GB would not last for the entire generation of either system, not without deleting games that that aren't currently being played. Game installs are huge nowadays. I suspect they will eventually turn on external storage, I just hope that I be able to use a drive of my choice. I won't be hold my breath for that one though.

themc_7
themc_7

This is pretty annoying. A 500 GB HDD is advertised and a huge chunk of that is already taken by OS, updates, etc.

Good thing they will support externals soon!

themc_7
themc_7

jesus. Who invited Facebook to this conversation?

Christopher Dentzer
Christopher Dentzer

Better than 360. "Hey Ill just download Netflix.. Wait I gotta delete every single file off my XBox first.."

Buster Franken
Buster Franken

aw yeah, that way, you don't have to fill that space up all by yourself! They are so thoughtfull

Zironn1
Zironn1

the point is are you going to be playing 10 first bought games for the next 8 years no beat delete and move on, the great multiplayer games you keep coming back too won't range more than 4 at a time.

James Clayton
James Clayton

Scott Anderson the xbox 360 games are much smaller My biggest one was battlefield 3 and that was only a few Gigs either way

James Clayton
James Clayton

If they advertise 500GB of space then we should get that Not 3/4 of it

tightwad34
tightwad34

Well, that'll be sure to get corrected soon. I would hope it's not something intentional. Still is fishy though.

Jim DiTullio
Jim DiTullio

he's just a troll and a little kid with a girl hair cut. his opinion isn't even worth discussing to be honest.

Jim DiTullio
Jim DiTullio

My PS-4 has a Terabyte of Memory :D Hate on that

DJ_KooPee
DJ_KooPee

So the O/S and a few apps = 100GB (500GB HDD usually are only ~465GB to start with)?!


And they didn't make it replaceable at all this time round?!


Microsoft, I am disappoint!!!

Ian Mackie
Ian Mackie

youre quick aint ya most things with an os arent the full gig like the 250ggb 360 its really 238gig

Mat Heeley
Mat Heeley

Thanks for shafting everyone once again, with your stingy yet greed filled capitalist ways, Microsoft. Just find a way to compress all that data properly and stick 1TB hard drives in the consoles at least!

Alex Filipowski
Alex Filipowski

Rip off. Thats like saying 500gb on a usb stick only really has 300gb. They need to make it bigger to compensate with the lack of available storage

Thomas Harrison
Thomas Harrison

Joseph Johnson actually you can purchase any hard drive. They are not proprietary. Internal hard drive for about £80 can get you at least 1TB for a ps4.

Kevin Arzola
Kevin Arzola

Luis Lauro Silva Alanis if your honestly saying after 2 years your current PC will be able to play newer games in high res... your mistaken. Much less in 4 years. Consoles have a span of about 7 years. And even after next gen is revealed they are still supported for a good 3 years. If money isn't an issue PC is beautiful and a better experience than console gaming. But Money wise you get more in a console

Carl Toolan
Carl Toolan

In this case with all the dlc and patches and installs you will use that space, and rather quickly too

Dark_Mits
Dark_Mits

@rarsonExcept it doesn't work like that. A 500GB hard drive has indeed approximately 500 billion bytes, but that's unformatted, in raw capacity. A part of the HDD is reserved for the formatting (around 8% iirc for NTFS), which would leave 460GB when formatted. And then you have to caclulate Operating System and programms installed, which seems to imply that X1 OS and Apps take about 95GB...

rarson
rarson

I wouldn't say they're falsely advertising anything, the Xbox One does have a "500 GB hard drive" in it. The problem is that everyone markets drives in this manner, which means you get less useable space out of it than the number on the box. The other problem is that the Xbox One uses a lot more space than people were probably expecting (I would have expected it to be around 50 GB, not 100). If you were expecting the operating system to not use any space at all, then obviously you don't understand how modern electronics work.

rarson
rarson

Those files are saved so that they can be restored if necessary, not because "it doesn't know what to delete."

BorgMind00
BorgMind00

They actually advertise a 500 GB hard drive

rarson
rarson

You're an idiot on all accounts.

rarson
rarson

No it's not at all like that. It's like saying that a 500 GB hard drive (which is only 465 ACTUAL gigabytes) with a complete operating system install on it only has 365 GB left over. Obviously Facebook is full of morons.

rarson
rarson

@Dark_Mits

It does work like that. An NTFS-formatted and partitioned 500 GB drive shows approximately 465 GB available. Regardless, 95 GB is still almost 100 GB, and a lot of space considering that an entire Windows 7 installation with basic applications takes up about 40 gigs, maybe.