Xbox One gets external storage support, real names for friends next month

June's system update will introduce a bevy of features for Microsoft's latest console.

Microsoft announced today that June's Xbox One system update will bring a range of new features and functionality to the console, including external storage support and the ability to identify yourself on Xbox Live with your real-world name if you want to. There's no word yet on when the update will arrive, but we have a detailed breakdown of what it will include.

Regarding external storage support, when the system update rolls out next month, you can connect up to two external hard drives at once. Drives must be at least 256GB and use USB 3.0, and they'll need to be formatted. After your drive is formatted (the Xbox One will do this for you), you'll be able to copy and move games, as well as apps and downloaded adds-ons, to your external hard drive.

Microsoft says external hard drive support for Xbox One is a "great way" to bring your content to a friend's house and get started playing right away. Of course, you'll still need sign into Xbox Live if you purchased the content digitally or insert a disc to verify that you bought the game. But the major benefit is that you won't need to re-download your game or DLC if you want to play at a friend's house.

By comparison, Sony's PlayStation 4 does not support external hard drives, but you can replace the on-board 500GB hard drive with a new one if you want. Today's confirmation of external hard drive support for the Xbox One is not much of a surprise, as it comes just days after an Xbox One developer teased that this functionality was going to be introduced soon.

The other major component of next month's Xbox One system update is the introduction of real names for friends. Importantly, this feature is entirely optional, and if you do elect to use your real name, you can choose who can see it and who cannot. PS4 owners can also elect to use their real name when playing online.

June's Xbox One system update also tweaks the second-screen SmartGlass app for Xbox One and brings the entire OneGuide and universal remote control functionality to SmartGlass. This means you'll be able to view your TV listings through SmartGlass and even set programs to record from inside the app. SmartGlass for Xbox One will also be updated with the ability to reorder your pins, meaning you'll be able to organize your pins in categories based on your specific preferences. The update will also bring your Xbox One activity feed to SmartGlass, allowing you to get notifications about what your friends are up to via your smartphone, PC, or tablet.

In addition, the forthcoming Xbox One system update makes OneGuide available in more markets. Starting in June, people in Canada, the UK, France, Germany, Spain, and Italy can use OneGuide. Finally, June's Xbox One update brings an automatic sign-in option and a hub where users can explore the new Xbox Live benefits for subscribers, like Games With Gold.

The Xbox One launched in November and Microsoft has regularly released system updates ever since. The console sold more than 3 million units by the end of 2013, though Microsoft has not announced a new total sales figure for the system so far in 2014.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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Discussion

779 comments
gunnmetal
gunnmetal

they havent mentioned if now it will support video and music and picture files, anyone know?

VakarianGirl
VakarianGirl

Probably the most significant update yet - lots of great stuff in there, the best of which the external storage support!

tgwenz
tgwenz

2 years from now they will have finished "making" the console, then I will buy one.

dbene
dbene

Sony Ponies awfully quite around here the last few days. Of course when Sony is supposedly doing cool features that is all you hear about. But when MS starts clearly adding features that are superior...it is downplayed or all you hear is the sound of Crickets.

dbene
dbene

Sweet...so I can take downloaded games to a friends house and not have to install?


I'm guessing you still have to have the disc in the tray thought to have proof of purchase.

themc_7
themc_7

shoot. I have a number of external drives kicking around, however none of them are USB 3.0
I was hoping this external storage would be free :(


Do you think the drive capacity will be capped? If I'm buying a drive I might as well go 2-3 TB

RicanV
RicanV moderator moderator

Nicely done, Microsoft. Nicely done.

defiantfa11
defiantfa11

looking forward to this update! loving the console so far, keep the awesome updates coming.

hotwog21
hotwog21

external support, probably a special microsoft xbox one hard drive that will come in 3 different sizes and slowly get biigger each year.


maybe start off with 50gb, 100gb and 150. Thats my guess


how special do you all feel now, lambox one users :) :) :)

onixevil
onixevil

This is a real Personal Computer device.

onixevil
onixevil

This shows the best options for collecting multi platforms games

hotwog21
hotwog21

pretty clever, they say add hard drive support but then dont tell you what sizie



took 7yrs for xbox 360 to add 32gb usb stick support.


:) :) :) :)


get excited guys, old tech about to be patch into the console that is going to oneday be awesome.

all future, promises, hope and hype



make it backward compatible with xbox 360 and xbox live arcade games

enable chat between xbox 360 and xbox one

separate the kinect properly


then you will be back in the race.


scraper2k
scraper2k

Nice to see, i do think microsoft should make a new system tho. The X360 feels more solid than the X1! Its sluggy in loading times and the connectivity in party is poopy.

Gta3-fan334
Gta3-fan334

Hm, I wonder if Microsoft will release an updated Xbox One with a removable internal HDD.

Shmiity
Shmiity

An update from microsoft that isn't poopy. Good.

wallacom
wallacom

Nice, I can use my Buffalo DriveStation. Thank you MS for letting us use our own HDD.  


jako998
jako998

So I need someone to Explain, does that mean that I can buy any External Harddrives to plug into my Xbox one or will Microsoft Provide us  (Xbox one only External harddrives) to sell to us ?

darthburrito
darthburrito

I dont always buy a physical game, but when I do, I drink Dos XX.

zakaweb
zakaweb

You could have a bunch of games on an external drive then take the drive to a friends house and play those games from the same external drive after you sign in. I think this is a great feature.

Celsius765
Celsius765

wait why would I need to download the game if it's on the disk and why do I need to verify that I bought a game I thought they removed that

referencedrs
referencedrs

@tgwenz  The console is great how it is, it's just that they are constantly updating the console with new ideas and community suggestions.

Blazen702
Blazen702

Sorry but you are wrong. Making lies up to make yourself feel better is kinda lame. 1TB external HD will be great to have next month :). Too bad for you.

hotwog21
hotwog21

oh and they will cost effing heaps :) :) :)


_williamwallace
_williamwallace

No one took you serious the first time you posted this, why do you think they will 3 times later?

torrne667
torrne667

@hotwog21  can you read?? It is for drives 256GB and above and must be usb 3.0...what part of that did you not understand? Also..kinect is not necessary anymore sooo..dont know what you're getting at there either. You like playing xbox 360 games? KEEP YOUR 360!! Same as the ps3 situation last gen. xbox 360 supported xbox 1 backwards compatibility and the amount of people that used it was smaller than your memory recall between reading this article and then posting nonsense. Take a look at the latest wolfenstein comparison and tell me that xbox cannot compete with ps4, go on i dare ya.

Blazen702
Blazen702

There hasn't been a bad update yet

Blazen702
Blazen702

The X1 will support different external HD's, not just Xbox/Microsoft made hardware.

tmorri603
tmorri603

@jako998 Good question. It looks like you will have to buy one that is not made by MS. It doesn't look like MS will be making external HDD. I think they learned their lesson after they was dealing with the HDD from the 360. The got a lot of negative press for only having their own HDD in the 360.


I didn't think about transferring file to the external drive. It will free you internal drive for other things.

milleniaxender
milleniaxender

@zakaweb Think you well need the disc. for the games you bought from a store...like Gamestop.

cainetao11
cainetao11

@Celsius765 So when you install a game to the PS3, you don't need to put the disc into the console? Yes we do. That's all this is. Great news because of the size of games this gen, and the size of HDD, and mandatory installs.

tgwenz
tgwenz

@referencedrs @tgwenz  It barely has the same functionality as the 360. Basic features the 360 had that we expected in the xbone are trickling in piecemeal, hence the 2 year wait maybe by then it will feel like a true next gen console.

MigGui
MigGui

yeah, you guessed right. oh wait, the newspiece clearly states "any hard drive above 256gb, with usb 3.0". feeling stupid yet?

scraper2k
scraper2k

Stop being such a fan boy, makes you look desperate. My gt is B3Z_Mucka, i have both consoles and was a x360 lover, but I open my eyes when it comes to the better system and x1 is a poor performer.

zakaweb
zakaweb

@milleniaxender @zakaweb For digital of course no disc needed but for a disc purchased game you will have to insert the disc to prove ownership. I'm one of the rare ones who has gone completely digital so it's really good for me, but at least someone with a disc won't have to install anything. 

MigGui
MigGui

that's why we show 'em

zakaweb
zakaweb

@milleniaxender @zakaweb Don't hate me but I get 15MB/s with Comcast.  It cost but I work from home and deal with a lot of file transfers so it pays for itself.  Hope your able to get a faster speed at some point.

Bazongaman502
Bazongaman502

@zakaweb @milleniaxender  Being nothing but digital is actually great. No more being tempted to sell my games at gamestop. Now I will forever keep y games :) 

TabularBeast
TabularBeast

@Celsius765 The next-gen consoles or the Xbox didn't even start this. This has been happening since the PS3. It's because of the Blu-Ray drives these 3 consoles have that require every game to be downloaded.