Xbox One storage management update now rolling out

It was supposed to be out earlier this week but today the latest firmware update for Microsoft's Xbox One console is now being rolled out to its owners and should be installed on every unit by the end of the weekend. This is the second such update for the console since it launched in November (or the third if you count the "Day One" update).

As we have reported before, this patch for the console adds three major features; one is the long awaited storage management control that will finally allow Xbox One owners to see how much free space they have left on their 500GB hard drive. It also includes improvements for installing games and apps, with each now having a separate download queue (My Games and My Apps) and a way to control which content is downloaded first.

There's also a new battery power indicator for the Xbox One controller with this update, which you can see in the lower right-hand corner of the screenshot above. Finally, for those of you who want to, for example, type in addresses for the console's version of Internet Explorer, the update adds support for using USB keyboards.

Microsoft has another update planned for early March that will improve a number of the console's multiplayer and party features, among other things.

Source: Major Nelson | Image via Microsoft

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Have you guys noticed a glitch in this update? When tell my console do turn off, it does not respond to voice commands "YES" or "NO" anymore (worked perfectly before the update). Is it just me or has it happened to you?

Nice! I'm glad I was an early adopter, watching the console mature. It's like watching your childhood sweetheart grow up and blossom, in a loose kinda way It was the first analogy that came to mind

Still nothing here... Xbox One Day One, UK region, GR-EL located.
They might be rolling it out in batches. They most likely don't want to overload their servers and capacity.

If only there was some kind of place i could go to that lists this useful information, where many people will see it... some kind of "tech news site" or something.... i know i know! It's a crazy idea! But it beats getting this info from comments. Someone needs to invent this crazy "tech news site".

NoClipMode said,
If only there was some kind of place i could go to that lists this useful information, where many people will see it... some kind of "tech news site" or something.... i know i know! It's a crazy idea! But it beats getting this info from comments. Someone needs to invent this crazy "tech news site".

Thank you for this post! I could not agree more.

JHBrown said,
Still can't believe how this feature was left out in the first place. SMH!

The console was designed to manage the storage for you. So, though I like seeing my storage as well, I do understand their thinking. It was a nice feature that they put a considerable amount of thought into. With this update, we basically get to watch it manage the storage for us, which should be interesting.

M_Lyons10 said,

The console was designed to manage the storage for you. So, though I like seeing my storage as well, I do understand their thinking. It was a nice feature that they put a considerable amount of thought into. With this update, we basically get to watch it manage the storage for us, which should be interesting.

So are we not able to manually delete games and other data from the hard drive manually with this update? We only get to watch it? Interesting.

JHBrown said,
So are we not able to manually delete games and other data from the hard drive manually with this update? We only get to watch it? Interesting.

I'm assuming you're able to delete stuff, not being able to would be silly. However, that does not change that fact that the system was designed to handle the storage for you... Meaning you aren't required to delete content, as it will handle this for you as need be.

The updates add an indicator on the Games & Apps screen. It shows how much HDD is used and what is free. If you want to delete content can you go to go a game or app in the same screen and open the options of it. There you see how much space the game or app takes and can you delete it just like before the update.

I would love to be able to change the horrible black background too. The Xbox One has so many basic features missing that were on the Xbox 360 from day one.

Joshie said,
From day one, eh? Such as?

Well for start, I think the ability to change the background.
Battery indicators for the controllers for another.
3rd party headset support out of the box.

I do miss the background music support. Streaming over UPnP was a really nice feature and I'm fairly sure that was present on the 360 at launch (though Windows Media Connect may have taken some time afterwards to appear). Snapping Xbox Music, losing a third of the screen and being forced to use lower quality Internet streaming with a limited library is pretty janky compared to the way it's done on the 360.

Joshie said,
From day one, eh? Such as?

No dashboard customisation what so ever, the Xbox 360 had themes and allowed the user to set a background from a network share or usb drive from day one.

No support for your own media at all from on the console. The 360 supported in game streaming of your own music library. Likewise you could connect a camera or media player to the Xbox 360 and view the media from it on the big screen, or play the music from that device in game.

The Xbox 360 could act as a media centre extender, the Xbox One cant. (Big let-down for a household that makes heavy use of Media Center).

You have no way to organise anything, everything is just thrown in to one section on the dashboard and that's it.

Can't notify you when someone comes on-line.

No way to view all the content on screen for a game when in the marketplace, for example demos are hidden and can only be found with voice commands. No way to sort any of the content on the marketplace either.

duddit2 said,
Any word on the driver level (dx) update for making dev easier on the esram front?

I think that's part of the march update, I also expect a updated SDK at build in April.