Xbox Games On An External Hard Drive Will Be Playable Straight Away On The Xbox Series X/S

Microsoft has confirmed that games on a USB external hard drive will be easy to swap between generations.

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While the new generation of consoles set to release this November is promising huge advances in performance, upgrading to next-gen has never been more confusing. Now, some details about backwards compatibility and external storage are being cleared up for the Xbox Series X/S.

For players who use an external USB SSD or HDD to store and play games on their Xbox One, the process is simple. "It is easy as unplugging your existing external USB 3.1 HDD or SSD from your Xbox One and connecting it to your Xbox Series X/S and all your games are instantly available," Xbox director of program management Jason Ronald explained in an interview posted to Xbox Wire. "You can continue to play your favorite Xbox One games, including backward-compatible Xbox 360 and original Xbox games, directly from the external hard drive."

The interview also confirmed that Quick Resume, a new feature that allows the next-gen Xbox to pause games in the background even while other games are being played, will also work for games being loaded off an external hard drive or the Seagate Storage Expansion Card. The Expansion Card is a new bespoke storage product just for the Xbox Series X/S, which you may need given the new generation of Xbox supports backwards compatible games going back three generations.

The Xbox Series X and S launch on November 10. While you wait, check out GameSpot's hands-on experience with a preview build of the Series X.

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I guess that's the beauty of having two generations of console running from the same instruction architecture. More time saving for the gamer is a win, win.

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@gotrekfabian: It saves time how?

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@psychomantisiii: it'd be nice to not have to bust a data cap just redownloading games...yes some have data caps with their ISPs

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@psychomantisiii: By not having to download or install again. It may be a minor for some people but I'd be willing to bet that there are many out there who have 6+ Tb of games installed to hard drives who would have to spend hours reinstalling if this wasn't a feature.

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@psychomantisiii: Well you don't need to leave your XB1 hooked up to the TV or swap between consoles.

You save time because you don't have to re-download all your games. Plug in the hard drive and play.

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Sorry - totally confused: so does that mean that one still needs to get the Expansion Storage Card to play those games? An article earlier on Gamespot mentioned that existing games (like those on one's external HDD) could NOT be played until the ES Card was engaged.

Did I get that wrong? If I connect my external drive, will the games just load and be playable?

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@ge0rge27: It just means that any software for Xbox One which you currently have stored on an external storage device will instantly be playable from that device when plugged into an Xbox Series S/X console.

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That’s great! Then I guess it is a great thing my external Xbox One drive died last month! It’s even better that I have a choice of $150 or $220 to spend! External 5TB or 1TB internal. Good stuff!

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Filled my 8TB & just bought a 14TB upgrade, so yea next gen will be good! What is the max TB a XB system can handle, I thought it was 16TB max total, but I have a 14TB + 8TB on now and they both work fine for a total of 22TB.

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Nice. Well it’s a great thing my external Xbox One HDD died last month. I don’t want to be able to use it anyway. Plus I just feel like spending $150 on a new one.

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Good. No licensing transfers or waiting two days to redownload your library .

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glad the external drives don't have to be reformatted for series x compatibility. would have been a pain to re-download TBs of xbox one games

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