Image tease shows external hard drive support on Xbox One

An Xbox developer has posted a very interesting image to Reddit showing us external drive support on Microsoft’s new console. This major feature is still missing from the Xbox One, but the company seems to be working on it.

Microsoft keeps churning out updates for the Xbox One but many features are still missing from the new console, including support for an external hard drive. The company said this would land on the console in a future update but gave no timetable at the time of the announcement.

Now thanks to XboxOneDev over on Reddit we get a glimpse of what the feature looks like. This seems to be on an internal development machine and it’s very likely this isn’t a final build, andl no ETA was disclosed for the update that would add this.

However, we can’t help but think this and other features might show up in an update closely following E3, where Microsoft is expected to unveil future games and plans destined for the Xbox One.

Are you excited about external drive support or is the console’s 500GB more than enough for you?

Source & Image: Reddit | Thanks to Neowin member EvilAstroboy for the tip!

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Now I just need to be able to put my own media on it and have VLC make an Xbox version that can access it and network shares and I will be very happy.

Not interested in the games element at all, BUT does this signify a possibility of playing video files transferred from my computer?

One of the biggest reasons I've not left my PS3 yet...

Microsoft just support 4TB external drives and we are good. And please allow media support along with games.

Other Thought: Am I being too greedy in asking for Custom folders, somewhere along the way?

Showan said,
Microsoft just support 4TB external drives and we are good. And please allow media support along with games.

Other Thought: Am I being too greedy in asking for Custom folders, somewhere along the way?


Custom Folders for what exactly?

I imagine the game storage will be handled automatically... Allowing people to move that around could lead to problems.

But I am not sure if I understand what you are saying...

I would like to be able to have a Folder in the pins that says videos.

And in that section I can have sub-folders for; comedies, Action/Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi. just to break things down by category.

It's awesome that we can at least do that! I just hope MS doesn't start to ban consoles for internal hard drive modifications in the future.

It's about time, but I'm hearing rumors it's going to be locked down hard and that such a drive will pretty much only be usable on an Xbox One and won't be able to carry other files.
I hope that's not the case in the end.

Indeed, those limitations on the Xbox 360 are ridiculous IMO.
I just hope we can at least use those Xbox One externally formatted drives on another Xbox One console too.

Thief000 said,
It's about time, but I'm hearing rumors it's going to be locked down hard and that such a drive will pretty much only be usable on an Xbox One and won't be able to carry other files.
I hope that's not the case in the end.

Probably to prevent cheating.

Thief000 said,
Indeed, those limitations on the Xbox 360 are ridiculous IMO.
I just hope we can at least use those Xbox One externally formatted drives on another Xbox One console too.

We should be able to. Imagine the ext HDD have lots of digital games for me. Go to friend house, login my profile onto his Xbox One and connect the drive. Bam, instant play!

Jarrichvdv said,

Probably to prevent cheating.

This. Unfortunately its the world we live in.

I know people are going to say otherwise, but in real world use, I would expect relatively few external drives to leave the XBox One's side much once connected anyway...

M_Lyons10 said,

I know people are going to say otherwise, but in real world use, I would expect relatively few external drives to leave the XBox One's side much once connected anyway...

This. My thumbdrive connected to my Xbox 360 for savegames never leave it.

Jarrichvdv said,

Probably to prevent cheating.

Indeed, but there's no need to block out other partitions (FAT or NTFS) to enable access to music, video or pictures. NTFS partitions (what the Xbox One) uses can be protected enough without locking out others.

OMG the XBOX1 might be less "Powerful" but got to admit, XBOX1 users are getting a lot of support and Im sure there is a lot more support to come :D

-adrian- said,
Well - the lack of power could be the reason they give a proper support.

Microsoft's support of the 360 was equally good (and refreshing for the industry)...

-adrian- said,
Well - the lack of power could be the reason they give a proper support.

Im Lost with your Comment .... The Term "Powerful" in my top comment meant the Specs ( vs PS4), not "Powerful" in Power (im sure that there is enough in the ONE) and besides, a 4TB external (if they will support it) would have its own power that we have to plug into another Power outlet as well as plugging it into the USB port on the ONE

-adrian- said,
Well - the lack of power could be the reason they give a proper support.

Just wait until DirectX 12 rolls out... Then it wont have less power =).