Xbox One can't play music from USB sticks at launch

Microsoft confirms music playback from USB sticks not supported at launch, but could come later.

Xbox One users hoping to play music from a USB stick are out of luck. Microsoft director of product planning Albert Penello confirmed on Twitter last night that this functionality will not be available when the system is released on Friday. "Not at launch," he said. It is possible that music playback from a USB stick could be added later, but Penello did not say one way or the other.

The Xbox One is DLNA compatible and will play CDs on launch day. However, like the PlayStation 4, users will not be able to store or play MP3s on the system at launch.

Xbox One owners will be able to purchase a subscription to Xbox Music to access streaming content through the console. What's more, the Xbox One can stream content through supported Windows devices using the Play To service.

The Xbox One launches this Friday, November 22 in 13 territories across the world. GameSpot's video coverage of the system continues tonight at 9 p.m. PDT with a demonstration of the hardware and user interface.

Written By

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

Discussion

781 comments
xboxonekb24
xboxonekb24

People still do use cd's dumbass. I know I do i dont know or care about what anybody else uses

reliccastle
reliccastle

This is the point about Xbox Music that I think is the most overlooked thing about the service...YOU CAN NOT STREAM THE MUSIC WHILE VIDEO GAMING....what good is the xbox one if you can not multitask for listening to xbox music at the same time while playing a game for the in-game music!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   I WANT TO LISTEN TO THE XBOX MUSIC AT THE SAME TIME WHILE I PLAY A GAME FOR LISTENING TO THE XBOX MUSIC FOR THE IN-GAME MUSIC WHILE VIDEO GAMING....WHY PAY FOR XBOX MUSIC IF YOU CAN NOT STREAM THE MUSIC FOR THE IN-GAME MUSIC WHILE PLAYING A VIDEO GAME.....IT DEFEATS THE WHOLE PURPOSE!!!!!!!!!!

reliccastle
reliccastle

Who uses CD's any longer??? This is not the 1980's...Get with the times Microsoft...let the consumer stream music to play the in-game music from our ipods !!!!!

acp_45
acp_45

hah most of the people in here. don’t even use the consoles for gaming ! haha xD

acp_45
acp_45

Come on xbox one fans don’t look at comments. you’ll probably find lot’s of sony people laughing at this even if it’s temporary


ps3gamer1234
ps3gamer1234

 People  buy a I Pad  and cant use usb stick for it so why not Xbox ONE

rac2k98
rac2k98

And I almost thought I was the only idiot knows Xbox One doesn't playback mp3, I guess that means no costume tracks, I'm sticking with previous gens for now!

HybridExtreme
HybridExtreme

"If I'm paying 500 dollars for an Xbox One I should be able to jam my stick into it whenever I want to." Just don't flash your stick in front of the Kinect camera if ya know what I mean! 

Remember Microsoft's response to Internet connection this past summer? Same goes for USB drives. "We have a product for people who aren't able to play music on the Xbox One via USB sticks. it's called Xbox 360."

Crobeam
Crobeam

Oh well that's my pre-order cancelled! If I can't play music from a USB (the most commonly used method of storing my music - fuck you iPod) then I don't know what I'm going to use an Xbone for...

greebe55
greebe55

it will be supported but only on an officialy licsenced microsoft USB stick

mikemaj82
mikemaj82

Sounds like this system was rushed.

cousinmerl
cousinmerl

SAY GAME SPOT!! don't suppose you could do a additional video on what formats are supported by the two new systems -
XB 1 / PS 4

maybe have a battle of  the two systems in CODEC WARS!

tightwad34
tightwad34

Ah man, damnit. That was the whole reason I was going to buy a console. Now I guess I'm SOL.

gowofwarKratos
gowofwarKratos

U can play mp3 on pc, cellphone,tablet etc..  So  anyway I see no point in using a console  to play music. For me if it plays movies and videos is enough.   

SpecimenB
SpecimenB

Why is this news? Stop nitpicking.

quickshooterMk2
quickshooterMk2

well it's up for steam to see what are they cooking with their steamOS and their steamboxes 

it's either that or screw livingroom gaming and back to traditonal PC gaming 

these lack of features such as no backward compability in games or even your previous gen controllers doesn't work on the newer platform (FFS i have 4 xbox controllers in fine condition, this is BS) 

makes those very same "advanced" system rather premitive 

and so the console peasents will endure, because they have no other choice of good gaming 

and PC gaming is rather expansive if you care about the quailty (yes, 1000 graphics card is indeed required to truely keep your gear on edge for the coming years) 

and it's truely stupid of microsoft/sony to not inculde basic features, a shame really, for they stopped seeing consumers as people rather they see walking talking wallets with cash in em 


quickshooterMk2
quickshooterMk2

what??! something basic as hearing music is taken away from players??

this next gen is a joke, i would never buy this piss poor lockedboxes 

mpeg3s
mpeg3s

My Music Files Are Wma.

Gold Gets Free Music.

BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

So xbots how does that foot in ur mouths taste? :)

tysandsnyc
tysandsnyc

And the PS4 can't stream music off of MP3.  Let's move along people.  XBOX is still rule of this world!

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

Will it be able to play movie .avi files from a USB stick like the xbox 360 can?

Ayato_Kamina_1
Ayato_Kamina_1

So much for the "next generation". These consoles can't even do things that the other consoles from 2 generations ago could.  And don't tell me it's because they didn't have time or it was difficult. They basically wanted to force gamers to use their subscription services but then they realised it wouldn't fly so now they're going to "add it in later"

Janpieterzun
Janpieterzun

Don't care about this bs article, just want to play Ryse.

xboxonekb24
xboxonekb24

They shouldn't have took away to option to rip Cd's had a nice music collection on my 360 and loved to play my music while playing games. hope they consider bringing CD ripping to the Xbox One.

Xristophoros
Xristophoros

well that takes away any practical use then. how many people still play music via cds? if no mp3 support is available, the feature is as good as dead to most users.

justinmccrary
justinmccrary

first thought I had. "people play there music from USB sticks"? why not just connect your phone, mp3, or simply connect your computer through network and stream all of that. Honestly some people hate to hate. however maybe some people love playing music from usb drives?????????????

Diegoctba
Diegoctba

And who cares for music? Musicians doesn't have any talent, everybody can make music.

WARMEDFALL
WARMEDFALL

i like to play some of my music when i play my games it make it more fun to. when getting in to a awesome boss battle play some great metal  

phazedone1
phazedone1

lol i can care less about playing music from a data stick when you can simply use DLNA... its 2013, but does anyone know if X1 is going to be providing any free games at launch? sort of like the Gaystation 4 did 

xboxonekb24
xboxonekb24

@reliccastle I feel the same exact way maybe they think that it would take up too much space or i dont know but i hope they figure something out i had tons and tons of music on my 360 now i cant hear any of my own music on my xbox one. No One wants to go through xbox music or use the streaming thats doing way too much when u can just use your own cd's or your usb stick. when they have their own already paid for.IM ON STRIKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111111

YukoAsho
YukoAsho

@rac2k98 I believe you meant "custom tracks," first of all.  I'm not sure how "costume tracks" would work.

Secondly, maybe you should try harder.  The features are being patched in later updates on BOTH systems, and custom soundtracks are not exclusively something you need done through the system.

I remember having a boombox and playing through SNES games while Ice Cube and NWA blared in my ears.  Am I the only person left on the planet who isn't too lazy to play music from outside sources while this sorts itself out?

sanchango
sanchango

@HybridExtreme remember, the person who said that no longer works for Microsoft anymore and is with Zynga

HybridExtreme
HybridExtreme

@Crobeam Yeah you'd think it would be an automatic thing to allow users to play their own music. Something so simple wasn't overlooked by Sony and Microsoft though. Guaranteed they omitted the ability to use usb's for music on purpose to promote their own music services. Thanks to gamers speaking up about it Sony is adding it in with a patch sometime. Hopefully Microsoft will follow up by doing the same.

HybridExtreme
HybridExtreme

@gowofwarKratos One of the things I like about the PS3 is the ability to add and play my own music selection in the games I enjoy. Having this feature may seem irrelevant to some but to gamers like me it enhances the experience. 

SamehH99
SamehH99

@Ayato_Kamina_1 I honestly couldn't care less about media playback. I use my PS3 to play games and watch Netflix, and I play my music on my laptop or smartphone...

cvantu
cvantu

@Xristophoros it still sounds like you can stream from your PC, but can't play through a memory stick. I am probably missing something though.

cousinmerl
cousinmerl

@divinejester i do - best way to store music, you can always pull the cd data off in different ways for different codec's. when you download files your just stuck with their format, data management and file sizes.

plus you get a CD cover sleeve which i kinda miss these days.

gamespotpanayis
gamespotpanayis

@phazedone1 Apart from Killer Instinct and free-to-play games, their games with gold service wont include XB1 titles until 2014.

rac2k98
rac2k98

What if I want to play music while I'm playing certain games like, wrestling, racing and dance games? I can do kinect though!PS3, Xbox, Xbox 360 and PC does custom tracks too, I can enjoy playing WWE 2k14 you can be able to add custom tracks on the PS3 & Xbox 360 for theme songs for example.What if the Xbox One and PS4 won't have any soon? I can't wait if they're gonna release a game that may need CT? So I'm sticking with the previous gens until they add mp3 and DLNA compatibilty!

cousinmerl
cousinmerl

@greebe55 @cousinmerl that would be nice - it wouldn't be free, would have to pay VLC to help support it pay for codec rights. their not free.
and both SONY and MS would want their own media players. - well more likely MS.

would give the platform a big thumbs up for those who VLC could port for.

quickshooterMk2
quickshooterMk2

@shermenz @quickshooterMk2 but they sell you an open hardware 

there isn't any exclusive features cause PC got it all, i mean why on earth would microtrash destroy such a feature that made the PS3 look like crap when it was launched? all these bro dudes saying in 2006 "playing music while gaming? hell yes!" 

jesus christ this is by far the worst move microsoft did, what next the blue ray reader is not region free? 

screw that mate, i'm not going to endure any bullshit niether from sony or microtrash 

xboxonekb24
xboxonekb24

@quickshooterMk2 @shermenz And I still bought one thats why I hope they change it hopefully it gets figured out I need to RIP Cd's again just like they did on the 360 it's not that hard we payed 600 more dollars and we can't get basic stuff smh i thought it was a all in one entertainment system and on top of that mines just stopped and went tho the home screen in the middle of nba 2k14 and it was the 4th quarter with 1 minute or 2 left. smh i wonder whats the problem with that??