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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External Game Storage Coming to Xbox One

April 3, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment


One of the things that has irked fans for a while now is the lack of external storage support for the Xbox One. Well, according to Microsoft’s Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb, it’s on its way, at least for games.

“External game storage is coming soon….I need to check on media support.”

We don’t know when “soon” is, but at least we know this feature is planned for the near future.

He answered several other questions on Reddit, so be sure to check out the full thread if you’re interested in Major Nelson’s thoughts on the Xbox One. Interestingly, when a few fans jumped on the idea of using Kinect as a security system, he said there would be “a TON of issues” with such a feature, the most important of which is privacy. While some players already have privacy concerns about the Kinect, he made it clear that the Kinect is not “always watching” you.

He’s confident about the future of the Xbox One, and it does sound like Microsoft has a lot of good things planned. We’ve got external storage on the agenda, so what features are you hoping to see next?

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Xbox One external storage not supported at launch, PS4 offers limited support

September 4, 2013 by Staff - 1 Comment


Major Nelson has confirmed that the Xbox One will not support external storage when it launches on November 22 this year, and has further stated that while adding this functionality to the device is “on the list”, the timeframe for doing so is unknown.

The comments were made during Larry Hyrb’s latest PAX podcast with him saying:

[External storage functionality] will not be there at launch because the team is working on some other things, but it definitely is on the list.

Sony on the other hand has confirmed that the Playstation 4 will support external storage when it’s released on November 15 (in the US) however there is a catch. While you will be able to store music, movies and other media on external devices, all games will still need to be installed onto the PS4’s internal hard-drive. With it being 500GB standard and PS4 games potentially being up to 50GB each, we’re guessing a lot of people are going to be looking for an upgrade pretty quick.

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