We don't know either way. I can only speak for myself and say that I personally like the feature.
The only point I would make in favour of upgradable HDDs is that both current-gen systems allow it (although I think only one allows it properly) so it is entirely doable with seemingly no inconvenience to the manufacturers. I cannot imagine that it would take to much effort from MS/Sony engineers to allow upgradable HDDs.
Exactly, your giving your opinion based on your own experience, that's all I was doing. I happen to like and want the feature. Its too bad MS doesn't follow suit. Its funny how people blow up such a small feature.
Why do you think MS doesn't offer that? Like you said they did it this gen. It can't be about getting money from us since they allow us to use any external, not something proprietary. I don't think anyone considers it a deal breaker feature, but it would have been nice for those of us wanting it.
This comes down to Sony offering a feature MS isn't so people have to defend MS's position to the death.
I also find it amusing that people using the "some users aren't tech-savvy enough to upgrade their internal HDDs" don't seem to be applying that logic to the fact the same people who can't upgrade mightn't know the difference between USB 2.0 and 3.0. If you connect a USB 2.0 drive to your X1 you're only going to get 2.0 speeds which undoubtedly will affect gameplay.
I can see a lot of user connecting some old ext. HDD to their system and then whining about slow loading times. Probably not straight after launch, but as time goes on and that internal HDD fills up because of mandatory game installs and such I can see it happening.
Regarding the question of external usage, I would like to know if using usb 3.0 results in a poorer performance vs sata 3. It seems like everyone is dancing around that for some reason. I don't care what 'stupid' people do, this is about what I will do.
The reason I care is that I'd like the option to use a 4tb drive with my ps4, but that means I must use an external. Since there is no info from Sony on how externals work, I have no idea if I can use it just like an internal drive.