February Xbox One update will add hard drive management

When the Xbox One launched in November, many owners were not happy about the fact that the console did not offer a way to view and manage how much on-board storage was available on its 500GB hard drive. At the time, Microsoft said that storage management for the console was "automatic" and added, "By being smart about how storage is managed, Xbox One keeps everyone playing, watching, and sharing their entertainment content rather than worry about limitations."

Today, Microsoft does another 180 with the Xbox One by announcing that its next software update, due on February 11th, will finally add a way for owners to view and manage storage space on the console. In a post on the Xbox Wire site, its Chief Product Officer Marc Whitten states:

With this update, you will find it easy to find how much space your content takes up and better manage your content. You can also control your install lineup and more easily manage your download queue. We’ve separated My Games and My Apps into separate lists, so you can easily create separate queues for both. Now you can pick the order in which you want your content to load and we’ve added a boot progress indicator so you can better track updates while they load.

The update will also add a battery indicator to show owners how much power is left in their wireless controller and it will allow USB keyboards to be used on the console for the first time. Whitten also said there will be some backend improvements with this update for Xbox One app and game developers, along with upgrades for Kinect voice command use. More details about the Feb. 11 update will be revealed soon.

March 4th will also see the Xbox One get another software update, which will include "improvements to our party and multiplayer systems", according to Whitten. The update will be released one week before the launch of "Titanfall", the sci-fi shooter that is expected to be a huge hit for the console.

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Good to see they're adding this and the other improvements. As soon as I saw the "another 180" I knew it was a John Callaham post. Can't we have some unbiased reporting?

TCLN Ryster said,
This. Callaham is rapidly turning neowin into click-bait, sensationalism site, and it's not pleasant to watch.

Agreed. Neowin is becoming harder and harder to read...

-T- said,
Good to see they're adding this and the other improvements. As soon as I saw the "another 180" I knew it was a John Callaham post. Can't we have some unbiased reporting?

Same here. I didn't even read who wrote this article (on mobile, can't see on the mainpage anyway), but after I read "another 180" I immediately think of him. For him, everything MS improves for Xbox One is another 180.

John "180" Callaham. Mmmmm...

-T- said,
Good to see they're adding this and the other improvements. As soon as I saw the "another 180" I knew it was a John Callaham post. Can't we have some unbiased reporting?

Given that they initially said that the Xbox was designed from the beginning to manage disk space automatically, this is some kind of '180'. They came back on their plans and listened to customer feedback. Which I applaud, but it's a 'reversal'.

Don't be so harsh guys

Jarrichvdv said,

Given that they initially said that the Xbox was designed from the beginning to manage disk space automatically, this is some kind of '180'. They came back on their plans and listened to customer feedback. Which I applaud, but it's a 'reversal'.

Don't be so harsh guys


Where does it says that? I never read about Xbox One getting storage management before launch.

FarCry3r said,

Where does it says that? I never read about Xbox One getting storage management before launch.

Where did I say that?

They said in the beginning they would NOT include it, because it's supposed to be handled by the system. Now they're giving YOU control, meaning they came back on their original decision.

It's not so hard to understand, really.

and so it begins! just as the xbox 360 pulled ahead of the PS3 in software, in 5 years the xb1 will be miles ahead of the PS4.

you mean raw file system access? why? iOS was never held back by that. instead, they should work on more critical things like, oh I don't know, a calendar that doesn't suck, because I'll bet people would rather have a good calendar on their phones, than a file system pointer.

Hmmmmmm... USB Keyboards? If only we could get USB mouse too -- I could almost give up my PC for FPS gaming

I am probably in the minority here but I got Xbox mainly as a futuristic media PC (although I play games on it too) so I am much more interested in updates to the OS functionality. I am very much hoping that the March update brings Xbox up to date Windows 8.1 (in particular music playing unsnapped, 50/50 snap mode, favourites synced and higher density tile arrangements and sorting) and custom backgrounds with live tiles. For the fun of it i'd like to close apps by 'pulling' them down.

Other improvements needed are gestures (you can see how well Kinect tracks body movement in Kinect fitness but this immediate finesse is not seen in gestures) - gestures are very useful in navigating long lists and media playback (or if you are too lazy to talk as mad as that seems) but need to be immediate and show forgiveness in target selection. Voice control also can be improved.

The only other improvements that are needed is the bing app should expand focus to any query, trailers should be available on all video searches, and i should be able to say "Xbox play xxx" whenever a song I thing of comes into my head without going into the app.

Very impressed with Xbox though, one of the best purchases I made last year.

And I forgot to mention somehow multiple profiles seem to share too much information like activities etc. And I don't want other people signing into it as me unless Xbox by menu. That should happen via Kinect only (sky drive can be personal)... and I don't want to use a pin.

I have only two negative issues with the console. One is that when it crashes, which is not too often but often enough, I lose all ability to voice control etc. I have to go through the Kinect setup all over again. Not a big deal for a techy like me, but a big deal for joe consumer. Two, If I hold my hand up to the screen, and move it back and forth, the lag of where my hand is on the screen compared to where it is in reality, is pathetic. Not even useable. If they can fix gestures to the point where there is no lag, I could really be impressed by gesture control. At the moment, gestures on XONE are worse than on X360, at least on my box. Other than this stuff, I absolutely LOVE the way I can control most aspects of my experience. I do not watch much TV so I don't know have too much to add on that aspect.

I'm not sure why the title focuses on the storage feature, but the entire update sounds promising. Everything from improving the way you manage and track downloads/installs/updates to getting a battery indicator are great.

I guess the intention was to have a more eye catching article considering the attempt to turn this into another '180' comment.

Either way, its good to see progress.

From now on anytime Microsoft release an update that adds some functionality to the Xbox One we are calling that a 180.

OK. Got it!

trooper11 said,
I'm not sure why the title focuses on the storage feature, but the entire update sounds promising. Everything from improving the way you manage and track downloads/installs/updates to getting a battery indicator are great.

I guess the intention was to have a more eye catching article considering the attempt to turn this into another '180' comment.

Either way, its good to see progress.

See author... LOL

Sounds good, seems like this February update is a small one while the march one is going to be the big one that was rumored. It'll be interesting to see what performance gains these two updates bring to the table.

Shame there is no mention of improvements regarding the HDMI input. Image sharpness and signal detection, specifically.

D. FiB3R said,
Shame there is no mention of improvements regarding the HDMI input. Image sharpness and signal detection, specifically.

Those could be in the March update which they haven't detailed yet. Heck, we could see another round od updates in the summer as well if they stick to this type of pace.

D. FiB3R said,
Shame there is no mention of improvements regarding the HDMI input. Image sharpness and signal detection, specifically.

My biggest gripe was the XBox doesn't appear to hear your commands when the TV is running (Even passing through, which I would assume would monitor the audio out...).

I'm hoping that gets improved significantly.

M_Lyons10 said,

My biggest gripe was the XBox doesn't appear to hear your commands when the TV is running (Even passing through, which I would assume would monitor the audio out...).

I'm hoping that gets improved significantly.

If it can't hear you then I think the Kinect isn't properly calibrated. The only time it seems to have issues for me is when the system is in standby.

shinji257 said,

If it can't hear you then I think the Kinect isn't properly calibrated. The only time it seems to have issues for me is when the system is in standby.

Interesting. I've recalibrated it multiple times, but it seems no different... I had issues when watching tv through the pass through, so I disconnected it, but I would like to use that feature... I have the same issue when watching a movie. Games seem to work fine...

Try calibrating it with the volume set up much higher, it'll adjust itself to the volume and will be much more tuned when playing on normal levels to pickup your voice.

Hopefully these updates will also add external storage so I can attach my 14TB NAS with all of my ripped movies. Now if they could just approve VLC and miracast support, I'd be happy with this first update.

Does your NAS not support DLNA? Because you can stream to the Xbox one just fine, I use Skifta on my Android tablet to play it on my xbox one from my NAS.

Its not the same thing. I can stream almost any file from my Windows 8 Tablet to my Xbox One, but it means I have to have another device. My parents won't get it, and while my 4 and 6 year olds will get it, I'm keeping the One to myself for now. Having it directly attached via USB3 will allow me to access it without turning on any other device or being interrupted every 5 minutes to an hour especially if I can pin specific folders or content to my parent's, kids', and wife's folders in their individual profile. They know how to say "Xbox, show my stuff" already. Yeah... its about me. :-D

Drewidian said,
Its not the same thing. I can stream almost any file from my Windows 8 Tablet to my Xbox One, but it means I have to have another device. My parents won't get it, and while my 4 and 6 year olds will get it, I'm keeping the One to myself for now. Having it directly attached via USB3 will allow me to access it without turning on any other device or being interrupted every 5 minutes to an hour especially if I can pin specific folders or content to my parent's, kids', and wife's folders in their individual profile. They know how to say "Xbox, show my stuff" already. Yeah... its about me. :-D

Yes I'm waiting on USB support for either PS4 or XBO, hopefully one of them will bring it soon... my network isn't that great so streaming movies etc. just doesn't work for me.

Geezy said,
A raspberry pi is so cheap and XBMCoffers a much better interface, why bother with consoles for this?

Because it can do almost everything I need in the livingroom. TV, Web Browsing, gaming, internet streaming services, Skype, and potentially accessing my movie collection. If I get all of those in one box (and if it works well), with one simple interface, so much the better.

I think it would be nice, but the interface and features will never be as good as XBMC. I just wouldn't settle for the console experience, that's all.

No offence John, but the HDD management is not the steal of the show here. I feel like title should refer more to it being an update and the information around the updated parties for March.

Can't wait for the update!

There are very few details about the March 4th update..when they are released, we will report on them..at the moment there's lots more info on what's included in the Feb. 11 update

I'm just referring to the title. I feel like something along the lines of "long awaited improvements" is more suitable than "adds hard-drive management". That's just me being picky though. It's a long day at work.

There you have it he cant even deal with criticism. Might as well mentioned the Battery Indicator or the apps/games split

Yeah, but Neowin has been championing clickbait titles for a while now. Time to become more professional in the unprofessional news department and wisen up, then it will really be better, like the slogan suggests. If Neowin could do that they would be quite a bit higher on the trustworthy list than the FUD spreading rumor mill they often quote.
And suggesting a more informative title change is not "losing it".

agreed. nobody will actually use that feature. people just like to whine about it. external storage is actually more useful as it would render the size of the drive irrelevant.

neonspark said,
agreed. nobody will actually use that feature. people just like to whine about it. external storage is actually more useful as it would render the size of the drive irrelevant.

But of course it is important. It should have been included from the start. And yes I agree, external storage is more important, especially for those who will utilize it.