Xbox One external hard drive support coming in June system update

A few days after a leaked screenshot appeared to show external hard drive support for the Xbox One was getting close, Microsoft has now confirmed that will indeed be added as part of the console's next major system update in June.

In fact, as shown on the Xbox Wire website, the update will allow the console to have two external storage devices to be hooked up at the same time. It will allow users to copy full games, DLC packs and apps on those drives so they can be moved to a friend's house and played on their console. Of course, the user will have to sign onto their Xbox Live account to access those files on another console if the content was purchased digitally.

The June system update will also allow users to show their real names online, which should make it easier for them to be found by their friends. Microsoft will offer options so that a person's real name can be shown to all of his or her friends on Xbox Live, or just a subset of their friends, or none at all.

The Xbox One SmartGlass app will get some added features with the June system update, allowing for full universal remote control functions along with OneGuide TV support. The website says:

Now in supported markets you can view all of your TV listings on your SmartGlass device and set and view your favorite channels and app channels on your smart phone, tablet or PC. With the Universal Remote Control, you can also easily switch channels, set new recordings and select and control recorded content from your DVR. Another great companion feature now in SmartGlass is pin reordering. With the touch of your finger you can easily organize your pins in categories or favorites based on your preferences and have those changes refresh to your console.

Speaking of OneGuide, the June system update will expand its use beyond the U.S. market for the first time to add Xbox One owners in Canada, the UK, France, Germany, Spain and Italy. The update will add the new Games for Gold and Deals for Gold sections on the dashboard, as revealed earlier this month. Finally, it will remove the Xbox Live Gold requirement for accessing the console's streaming media apps like Netflix, Hulu Plus and others.

Source: Xbox Wire

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Ok, TV and OneGuide features in the UK. Great! :) Tell me more though.. which providers? Sky TV hopefully? Can I control my Sky HD box with it now?

RatherLargeBear said,
No beta. It's there, go try it now!

Not sure what you're seeing, but when I go to OneGuide all I can see is App Channels, no TV information of any kind. Also when I choose Watch TV, I can watch my TV through the Xbox but I can't control my Sky Box with my Xbox controller, Kinect Voice commands, or otherwise.

Can you describe a way to reproduce the behaviour that you are seeing?

Sorry about the late reply, I'm sure you are itching to get this working.
On the one goto settings>tv & oneguide>devices. then choose your display and cable/sat box.

Auto sign in without Kinect, nice! Half the time my stupid Kinect won't auto sign in. I'm the only one who uses my console so I'm definitely turning that on!

Showan said,
My Xbox One is bouts to have 8.5TB of HDD space...

Yeah, just wish the internal one was upgradeable, *officially*, of course :)

Let's just hope the total usable space isn't nobbled to 32GB like the 360! Please let it be full NTFS Microsoft, and NOT FAT :)

Great news in this, can't wait, my One's internal HDD is already 41% full with only 5 games on it :(

Only six months after release.

Still waiting to be able to access and play videos and music and picture files from my HomeGroup desktop (signed in with my same Microsoft Account) on Windows 8.

I want slide-shows and "picture screen savers" (think Apple TV-like), as well as being able to just play/stream any video I have, play playlists or entire folders/albums/artists of music from my music folder.

If you want to be my living room media center... be my living room media center.

Xbox One just feels so unfinished, I'm not sad I put off the purchase. I'm hoping they get it together by the Fall update, so I can pull the trigger. Or maybe I'll just wait until next year.

Give it time. You can't rush perfection. At least Microsoft are ADDING functionality instead of taking it AWAY a-la Sony and the PS3 ;)

Enron said,
Well if you want slideshows and don't mind using OneDrive, the Xbox OneDrive app can do that.

and it has achievements.
zoom in 10 pictures is the only one I have so far....

Tidosho said,
Give it time. You can't rush perfection. At least Microsoft are ADDING functionality instead of taking it AWAY a-la Sony and the PS3 ;)

It's easy to add functionality when they release it lacking MANY features and then patch them in later.

EvilAstroboy said,
Well going to buy a 4TB HDD next month and claim it back on TAX since :D

Hopefully we will also get a very clear support webpage for listed devices and drive sizes that will work with the Xbox. I doubt all HDDs will be plug & play. Largest supported TB size will be my purchase, maybe a backup drive too :p

Alladaskill17 said,

Hopefully we will also get a very clear support webpage for listed devices and drive sizes that will work with the Xbox. I doubt all HDDs will be plug & play. Largest supported TB size will be my purchase, maybe a backup drive too :p

Please see the Comment above mine :D
Just wanted to rub Sraf comment in your face , nothing personal ;)

Sraf said,
Relevant:

Thanks for the reply and link! I haven't had time to look around at all, might be a dumb question but can you play straight from the drive or is it just storage to swap games around? Either way 88 games @ 45GB (ignoring dlc + patches) sounds great. Pretty future proof for really anyone, even with DLC on most of those games.

From what I understand, you can play games from an external drive, no swapping needed

Keep in mind, the internal drive is a rather slow 5400RPM platter, and the XBO has USB 3.0 ports, so you could also hook up a speedy SSD to play games off of

GREAT news on the external HDDs. ...but whats the word on being able to play movies from them?

It kinda sounds like I won't be able to use that same HDD on my PC (to copy over the movies) once it's formatted for the X1.

Doesn't work yet (I'm assuming you're talking about private stuff, not downloads from Xbox Video). Music and pictures don't work either.
If you want to reuse the drive on the PC, you'll need to departition the drive and repartition/reformat.

Indeed. Your best bet for watching a movie of your own from your computer is to use the "Play To" DLNA feature in Windows.
We'll see if MS adds more to this (and I kinda feel they will, if their intent is to be a complete offering against both other consoles and set top boxes like Roku)

I agree Sraf.
It will probably come in a later update and allow the use of USB drives with unencrypted FAT/NTFS file systems and those files to be viewed. Those drives will likely be incompatible with Xbox One games and apps though, but I don't see a problem keeping that separated.

Bummer, but that's what I figured. Right now I have my personal collection of DVD's and Blu-Rays ripped to files. They are all sitting on my PS3, which plays them perfectly. I was hoping to eliminate the PS3 altogether as I only use it for movies. Sounds like I'll be waiting on that. :-(

If you have multiple Windows 8.x devices, and you have the Video app, than you should be able to stream the movies that you've purchased from any of them. That's another option.

WTF MSFT. You brag how it is windows where you can just plug in any HDD and just works, except it may as well be running LINUX where you plug and pray because nothing ever just works on the xbox.

neonspark said,
WTF MSFT. You brag how it is windows where you can just plug in any HDD and just works, except it may as well be running LINUX where you plug and pray because nothing ever just works on the xbox.

It's still plug and pray on WIndows in many cases too. Get used to it. If you want true plug and play you would probably have to go with Apple.

P.S. - I'm not a fanboy of any kind. I own a Mac Mini (Mid-2011 model variant with AMD dedi card) and an Alienware M17x R4 laptop running Windows 8.1 U1. I work in tech support where 95% of the customers I speak with are running some version of Windows.

Well Sony, take a look here, you can learn something. It's nice you're able to bash Microsoft, but if you do, please try to keep up with features and software updates too...

Considering the external HDD will need to be dedicated to being storage for just the console and it's so simple to change the HDD on PS4, there's really no need for external HDD support.

Hooray! OneGuide in Canada!!! At last my Xbox will be complete. I really hope the experience is good.

deck said,
I really hope the experience is good.

I would not hold my breath if i were you. Specially if you are french canadian.

I honestly haven't even tried using my XB1 for music\movies, always been fine on the 360 so I've stuck with it. The saved games backup is a very nice idea though and I am sure I'll start doing that. Thank you sir!

techbeck said,
I use the external storage for playing movies on my portable drive, music, and backing up saved games incase the XB goes south.

This is super important to me... will this update allow for video files to be played from a USB drive? Or even better to be copied over to the console.