Real Name Support and External Storage for Xbox One

May 22, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment


May’s update for the Xbox One just arrived last week, and now it’s time to look ahead to June. The June update will include:

  • Real name support
  • External storage support
  • New SmartGlass features
  • TV/OneGuide in Canada, UK, France, Germany, Spain and Italy
  • The new Gold features and the ability to use apps without Gold, as previously announced
  • The ability to set an account to automatically sign in

Of course, some of these features require further explanation, especially the real name support, which has caused both excitement and concern among fans. The main purpose, according to Microsoft’s Major Nelson, is to help you find and recognize your friends. If you choose to use your real name, it won’t appear when you’re playing games, and you can decide who you share it with.

It’s good to see Microsoft has taken steps to avoid privacy issues.

When it comes to external storage, you’ll be able to use one or two 256 GB or higher USB 3.0 hard drives, after you format it for use with the console. Additionally, you can play games straight from your external hard drive, and you can even take it to a friend’s house to play the game on a different Xbox One.

Finally, with the updated SmartGlass you’ll be able to use it to control OneGuide and the Universal Remote Control, reorder your pins, and check out your friends’ stats.

Are these features you’re interested in? What other additions would you like to see brought to the Xbox One?

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