Xbox One likely won't support external storage at launch


Xbox One users likely won't be able to use the console's USB 3.0 ports for external storage at launch.

Microsoft's upcoming Xbox One game and entertainment console likely won't support external storage when it launches in November, though the company is working on an update that will add the functionality at a later date.

Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb, Xbox Live's director of programming, confirmed the lack of initial external storage support at PAX Prime 2013 during a recording of his weekly podcast on Sunday.

"My understanding is that feature won't be there at launch because the team is working on some other things, but it's definitely on the list," Hryb said, responding to an audience member's question. "I don't know when it will come in, though."

The lack of external storage support could be an issue for some users, as all games – including disc-based titles purchased at retail – must be installed to the console's hard drive. Additionally, the Xbox One will automatically record the last five minutes of gameplay to the console's hard drive. Unlike the Xbox 360, the hard drive in the Xbox One won't be removable, so users won't be able to upgrade the console's internal storage capacity.

When the feature is added in an update, users will be able to use the console's two USB 3.0 ports to save content to external storage devices. Microsoft's Xbox 360 currently supports external storage, though only up to 32GB.

Source: Major Nelson via Polygon | Image via Microsoft

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Unfortunately, the Xbox One will not function as a Windows Media Center Extender at launch. I couldn't find an answer to this anywhere so I sent it to IGN to ask Microsoft a few weeks ago. Hopefully the IR blaster will work with WMC remotes and IR receivers...
"Will Xbox One work as a Windows Media Center Extender? For those that use a PC with TV tuner to record and watch TV, we use the 360 as an extender to stream this content to TVs. Will this continue with Xbox One?
WHITTEN: Xbox One isn't a native Media Center Extender. We'll continue to work to enable more ways for everyone to get the television they want over the life of the program."

Instead of giving us more functions that were actually useful like ,external HDD and Media Center Extender capability , they have taken those away and replaced them with nonsense.There probably are a few people at Micro$oft that should be worried about their jobs over this entire fiasco

brainsuck said,
Instead of giving us more functions that were actually useful like ,external HDD and Media Center Extender capability , they have taken those away and replaced them with nonsense.There probably are a few people at Micro$oft that should be worried about their jobs over this entire fiasco

brainsuck said,
Instead of giving us more functions that were actually useful like ,external HDD and Media Center Extender capability , they have taken those away and replaced them with nonsense.There probably are a few people at Micro$oft that should be worried about their jobs over this entire fiasco

Micro$oft eh? How witty of you, did you think that up all by yourself?

Ouch, and you can't replace the internal either. It won't take long to fill that drive at all, especially now when games can easily be +15gb. Assuming the Xbox One Live players will also get free games every month (like the 360), that thing will fill even faster!
Hopefully they release it shortly after launch for your guy's sake, but the fact that they don't specify a date is kind of scary.

Tha Bloo Monkee said,
Ouch, and you can't replace the internal either. It won't take long to fill that drive at all, especially now when games can easily be +15gb. Assuming the Xbox One Live players will also get free games every month (like the 360), that thing will fill even faster!
Hopefully they release it shortly after launch for your guy's sake, but the fact that they don't specify a date is kind of scary.

They won't be getting free games every month.

Fine, I probably won't be using 500GB anytime soon anyways...especially not in the first half of a year...

Sounds like they're doing what they can to get the product out the door. Here's hoping they aren't compromising their standards just to meet a release date. In fact, I'm curious as to how high strung those guys are, given that we still don't have a release date for that matter...

Not a jab against Xb, but it seems like too much of the stuff released in the past five years has been more or less public betas, with various dumb bugs or things that weren't done till they're done cropping up, and this trend is getting worse by the day. I know they need to rush it out of the door last week, but dammit...

Because having something at launch that the previous Xbox could already do doesn't make sense....Come on Microsoft. Still the One should be pretty sweet.

Tarrant64 said,
Because having something at launch that the previous Xbox could already do doesn't make sense....Come on Microsoft. Still the One should be pretty sweet.

It seems to me that a lot of this stuff would have been done by now if not for the massive DRM switch people wanted which has delayed things. If it comes a bit later it's no big issue, you have 500GB to start with and not every game coming to the system in the first half year of it's life is going to be a full 50GB dual layer BD install.

GP007 said,
It seems to me that a lot of this stuff would have been done by now if not for the massive DRM switch people wanted which has delayed things.

That's why you do proper research before implementing such ideas.

Though, given how surveys and research studies are conducted sometimes, it wouldn't surprise me in the least that they got the results they did only to find out later it wasn't what people wanted. Truly depends on how you ask the question.

Take AT&T for example who determined their users "wanted" data caps:

"Our approach is based on customers' feedback," said Mark Siegel, spokesman for AT&T. "They told us that the people who use the most should pay more, and they also told us we should make it easy for them to track their usage. We think our approach addresses these concerns."

http://www.neowin.net/news/att-our-users-wanted-data-caps

That said, I can easily see Microsoft conducting surveys saying, "Hey! Wouldn't you absolutely love to share your games?!!" while ignoring (or maybe overlooking) the fact that people didn't want such restrictive DRM.