Xbox One users likely wont be able to use the consoles USB 3.0 ports for external storage at launch.
Microsofts upcoming Xbox One game and entertainment console likely wont 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 Lives 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 wont be there at launch because the team is working on some other things, but its definitely on the list," Hryb said, responding to an audience members question. "I dont 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 consoles hard drive. Additionally, the Xbox One will automatically record the last five minutes of gameplay to the consoles hard drive. Unlike the Xbox 360, the hard drive in the Xbox One wont be removable, so users wont be able to upgrade the consoles internal storage capacity.
When the feature is added in an update, users will be able to use the consoles two USB 3.0 ports to save content to external storage devices. Microsofts Xbox 360 currently supports external storage, though only up to 32GB.