May 21st 2014 6:00 am PT

External Storage, Real Names and More Coming with Xbox One System Update in June

With the next system update coming in June, we’re thrilled to announce two of your most-requested features will be here soon: external storage support and real names for identifying your friends.

Since our launch of Xbox One last year, we’ve been hard at work to continue making Xbox One the best destination for all your gaming and entertainment experiences. Because of the way we’ve designed the Xbox One platform, we’ve been able to continually improve the product for you with a more regular cadence of system and app updates. Your feedback for what you want most has been our guiding light for these updates, and will continue to be as we work to bring the fan-favorite features you want most.

Real names and external storage support are just the beginning for June. With this update, Xbox Live is being improved in a number of ways as we announced last week. You will also be able to take advantage of great new SmartGlass features, including OneGuide and Universal Remote Control, select an account for automatic sign-in, and for Xbox One owners in Canada and Europe, get access to OneGuide and more TV, SmartGlass and voice features.

Easily Increase Games Capacity with External Storage Support
It couldn’t be easier to increase your storage capacity of games and apps with the external storage support features we’re bringing in June. Your Xbox One system will soon support up to two external hard drives at once. Simply plug in your 256 GB or larger USB 3.0 external hard drive and once formatted, copy and move games, apps and game add-ons to increase your storage capacity at home.

This is also a great way to take your content to a friend’s house and get straight into a game directly from an external drive. You’ll need to sign in to Xbox Live if you’ve purchased your content digitally or insert a disc to verify your game ownership when you take your content on the road. The great benefit here is there’s no need to wait to re-download your game and all the DLC. With external storage support in June, you can also choose to copy full games and all of the associated content in one easy step.

Real Names Makes it Easier to Identify Friends
With Xbox One you can have 1,000 friends and infinite followers, but as these lists grow it can become increasingly more difficult to remember the people you know by their gamertag alone. Now with real names feature you can recognize people on your friends list and more easily discover people you already know who are on Xbox Live.

Most importantly, we heard your feedback that to make this most useful you need full control. You’ll be able to share with all your friends, a subset of your choosing, friends of friends or none at all. The choice is yours. Also, your name doesn’t show up in games, and you can change your settings any time from your profile and when adding new friends.

SmartGlass Provides Access to full OneGuide and Universal Remote Control, Pin Reordering and More
We’ve made a ton of changes to your SmartGlass app for Xbox One. After getting great feedback from our SmartGlass beta, we’re thrilled to be bringing the entire OneGuide experience and Universal Remote Control to SmartGlass. Now in supported markets you can view all of your TV listings on your SmartGlass device and set and view your favorite channels and app channels on your smart phone, tablet or PC. With the Universal Remote Control, you can also easily switch channels, set new recordings and select and control recorded content from your DVR. Another great companion feature now in SmartGlass is pin reordering. With the touch of your finger you can easily organize your pins in categories or favorites based on your preferences and have those changes refresh to your console.

Other improvements to SmartGlass will help you stay current on what you and your friends are up to, even when you’re away from your console. We’re bringing hero stats and activity feed front and center, and adding more ways for you to compare achievements via SmartGlass whether you’re on a friend’s profile or viewing a game from the activity feed. Just like on the console, you can choose to get notifications on your smart phone, PC or tablet when a favorite friend signs into their console or starts broadcasting a game. For many devices, you can even choose to start watching the broadcast wherever you are.

Expanded TV and OneGuide Soon Available in More Markets
The TV and OneGuide features we began sharing with select Xbox Live members in April will be available in June to everyone in Canada, UK, France, Germany, Spain and Italy. The update will bring OneGuide, alongside Favorites and App Channels, for people in these markets who have their TV connected to Xbox One via HDMI-in. Additional features in these markets include Kinect voice commands for controlling your set-top box and other AV equipment. We’ve also updated TV and OneGuide settings to provide better power management and control of your devices and improved compatibility with more devices.

New Gold Membership Benefits, Access to Apps for All and More
With this update, you’ll find a new hub in Xbox One for exploring all of the great benefits available to Xbox Live Gold members, including Games with Gold and Deals with Gold. Also, with the Xbox Live Gold changes announced last week, shortly after the Xbox One system update becomes available in June all Xbox Live members will be able to access popular gaming and entertainment apps without a Gold membership.

Finally, we’ve made it possible for you to choose an account for automatic sign-in on your Xbox One – another much-requested feature from fans like you.

Coming soon, these features will be available to members previewing Xbox One system updates as they help us work through final improvements. This system update will become available to the full Xbox One community in June. We look forward to hearing what you think and keep the feedback coming.

Cross posted on Xbox Wire







System Update, Xbox Live, Xbox One By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson

  • Rotmm

    Really pleased with this update. Especially happy that any usb drive can be used and not a proprietary MS one. Can’t wait to test it out.

  • evilfangs .

    “Your Xbox One system will soon support up to two external hard drives at
    once. Simply plug in your 256 GB or larger USB 3.0 external hard drive”

    This means you have to have a external hard drive bigger then 256GB yeah?

    • Nick Peck

      Looks like it which is fine, anything less is kinda pointless. My brand new 2T drive is ready (got it cheap on staples website).

      • A. J.

        I wouldn’t say it would be pointless. You could get a 128 or 240 GB SSD and store your primary games on it. USB3 would bottleneck it, but it should still be faster than a 2.5″ HDD.

        • Nick Peck

          True, but I doubt many people would use an SSD like that, at least right now. Wish the bigger sized drives would drop in price already though lol.. It’s taking forever for 500gb+ drives to be reasonably priced.

          But I agree, I didn’t think about using an SSD for that purpose (just think of them as normal internal storage).

          • A. J.

            Are you kidding? They are dropping like crazy. They used to be a lot more than $1 per GB. Now I have seen them under $.50 per GB. I saw a 240 GB SSD for $110 ($90 after rebate) a day or two ago.

            The issue is that they are still far more expensive per GB than a HDD.

          • Shawn

            are you serious you can get a 3tb toshiba at walmart for 80 bucks …

      • evilfangs .

        I was hoping I could use my 4GB flash drive to play the movies I download from the internet on my Xbox one instead of having to use my blu-ray player still.

        Even when I buy my PS4 soon I’d still have to keep the blu-ray player.

    • Death Dealer

      Yes. It’s one of the limitations I talked about earlier. I just pray there aren’t any others.

    • Ryan Tinney

      What about USB 3.0 thumb-stick drives? I was thinking of getting a 128 GB USB stick and using that as a SSD for faster speed and to be more hidden.

      • A. J.

        Flash thumb drives, although solid state, are usually much slower than traditional HDD’s. Be careful and don’t assume that any flash storage is fast.

      • Death Dealer

        Flash drives should work, but only 256GB or higher, which are expensive.

  • profeteer

    Nice! Very impressed by the quality and speed of these updates. Keep them coming!

  • Death Dealer

    FINALLY! Hope to see it in the preview soon and I pray there are no limitations for other file types.

  • David Marshall

    This is great news.
    Will this update be out early for the ones in the pre-view?

    • Sir Tanka

      Yes it will

  • Sir Tanka

    And that is why I remain faithful to Microsoft :-)

  • Nick Peck

    Yayyyyyy :D I’m excited, I’m officially out of room and need to do something for Watch Dogs haha.

  • jeanpolbac

    Great update! Now all we need is true DLNA, 3D Bluray Playback, a way for the Xbox to automatically turn on to TV app instead of the dashboard. Keep the updates coming!

  • rkm80

    So, can I hook up a 4TB USB 3 external drive? I guess my question is, is there a storage cap on it?

    • Nick Peck

      Doesn’t look like it at the moment or I’m sure they would have said something.

    • John Conor

      According to Major Nelson’s tweet, yes you can! He’s been using a: Seagate Expansion 4TB Desktop External Hard Drive USB 3.0 (STBV4000100)

      • ryder4life22187

        Will see how long Majors HDD lasts him. I know seagate has had terrible luck with external HDDs that were 2TB and up. The last seagate 2 TB drive i bought i returned the same day as it didn’t have a sleep function out of the box you had to go and DL a program from seagate to install on the drive.

  • Gabriel House

    Sweet! Can’t wait to connect my old PS4 hdd for 500gb more space. I just wish I was in the preview program …

    • Fingleberries

      Hmm … Why not get a decent speed 500GB one, the PS4 only has 5400rpm AFAIK.

      • Gabriel House

        Why? Um, because I want my PS4 and One to break down the walls and have a forbidden romance. Also, I’m cheap, and if this works well enough, then I’m happy.

  • Wayne

    Excellent!
    What about USB key support for viewing pictures or video files like the 360 could do. Also, the biggest one I want to see is control for your DVR recordings on your TV.
    Glad to see updates coming out quicker. Wish I was in the Preview program.

  • Ryan Tinney

    Amazing

  • Daniel Gomes

    Now the Internet explodes.

  • A. J.

    4 TB USB drives are often as low as $130. No more whining from people about running out of space.

  • Maclawyer

    Great update. Most of the new stuff are gonna be really useful.
    Now, if we could only have preloading of games that would be awesome! By the way, is there any official website where we may request new features?
    Thanks :)

    • John Conor

      +1 on the preloading, its an absolute must for digital downloads.

  • nitraMBr

    Excellent updates and great as usual. When are these available in the beta program? After being able to snap skype and now external storage now all we need to have is a proper DLNA app to play music and video!

    Major N I am in the beta program and already have UK one guide support, it works brilliantly, but the channels aren’t always recognized when changing through voice, and it muddles HD and standard channels. Is that something that will get fixed with this update? I also can not select to only have HD channels (on Sky)

    • Maxx Delusional

      I agree. This is an awesome update, but the system is not complete without DLNA. I can’t believe it’s taking this long to get here.

  • McArtist93

    What about Ireland? Are we getting any features? I paid 500 euro for my XB1 and we still don’t have voice commands, and now no mention of us in this one guide update?

    • Fingleberries

      Yeah. Have to switch to UK for Voice commands – works well, but is a pain in the bum if you want to buy stuff from the Xbox store.
      TV would be a bonus – will let you know if it works with UK settings as well. Probably no RTÉ, though.

      • McArtist93

        I was using the UK settings for a while but I kept having sign in issues and I found I had to say XBOX Tern off to get it to turn off :P I’m honestly perfectly happy with everything else about the XB1 (besides the lack of games) This is the only thing I really want desperately.

  • Cole

    Auto-sign in… Christmas in June! Keep up the good work Xbox.

  • Nick King

    Sounds like a great update, at least Microsoft are listening to our feedback (other than the digital pricing!).

  • Hugoku

    Now make the storage thingy happen on the 360.

    • Death Dealer

      Agreed, they should do this pronto. It’s 2TB max for internal drives though (FATX limit). Don’t know if it’s possible for external USB drives as they’re made to work by padded files in hidden folders, which is a totally weird way to have done it like that.

      • usrev

        I’m surprised they haven’t done that yet. the proprietary hard drive thing is horrible, a single 500gb external drive would be a godsend for many. I have the 250gb for my fat xbox and I’m hovering around 20gb full. I haven’t played anything since gta 5 and hardly bought any arcade games so I know people are struggling to manage space.

  • Gazza!!!

    Can’t wait to see what the one guide is like with my virgin media TiVo box. Just need 3D blue ray support now.

  • bloody

    what abiut the x360?

  • Some guy

    More TV for xbone and external storage
    And nothing for 360.
    I mean, who cares about the 70 million 360, it’s not like we are consomers or anything.

    • MobileVortex

      I mean you’re obviously going to get some kind of update in June. They have to have one to remove the paywall for nextflix and other apps.

      • Some guy

        I hope so, I really hope so. It’s looking good since the CEO change so there’s hope but I still have doubts.

      • mcmax3000

        Given that they’ve done free Gold weekends for entertainment apps before, I’m pretty sure they can just turn that stuff of server side.

    • Fingleberries

      This article is for Xbox One – Xbox 360 already has a good chunk of this functionality.

      There is surely going to be an update for 360 in June (after E3) to remove the Paywall for Apps.

  • Dave C

    If the Xbox One will support the ability to use a flash drive or external storage to view and watch pics and video files a as the 360 does then it may win me over before the PS4. An actual acceptable streaming option would great too. The updates have been promising but it needs these additions as well as a proper system video and music player to live up to the name “One”.

    • ryder4life22187

      I’m surprised people are still using external HDD’s to watch video files hooked up via 360. So much easier with a media server.

      • Dave C

        The media server option on 360 is nice and I use that as well. However at times it loses connection and you have to reconnect which can be a pain. Either way the Xbox One doesn’t have a proper way to view files on your PC either. You must be sitting at the Win 8 device they’re on and start them from it. So if your media server is in the basement or several rooms away it is pointless. What’s more surprising is the 360 is still a better all in “One” device than the Xbox “One”.

        • ryder4life22187

          I use PS3 Media server on my 360 and PS3. Never have any issues using that.

          • Dave C

            I use that on the PS3 and now I’ll check it out on 360 as well. Thanks. That still leaves the One with much needed additions though.

          • Alex_Atkin_UK

            You must be very lucky with your files because I spent years fighting with various different DLNA Servers and none of them reliably transcoded every file I had to work with 360 or PS3.

        • Andrew VanSpronsen

          This!! Continued disappointment in the XboxOne as an Entertainment device. Shocking that is still lags behind the 360 in this respect.

      • Some guy

        How do you guys even manage to use the 360 media server thing?
        Audio is always out of sync whenever I use it and make a pause.

        • ryder4life22187

          I use PS3 Media Server it works for both the 360, PS3 and even works on my TV.

          • Some guy

            So do I, still get out of sync audio after a pause.
            I guess I’m just out of luck.

          • ryder4life22187

            Must be your connection or the files your trying to play. Never had any out of sync audio issues. Been using it for almost a year with no issues.

          • Some guy

            Must be that, I’ll give it an other try later in case it was just the old NXE being terrible.

          • Alex_Atkin_UK

            Don’t waste your time, I spent years fighting with my 360, PS3, Sony Bluray player and LG TV trying to get them to reliably work with all my files – they all had issues.

            Eventually I gave up and bought a WDTV Live that “just works” without messing with transcoding stuff on a server and uses a fraction of the electricity of a games console to do it.

            It connects directly to Windows or Linux shares and plays the files directly, or via DLNA.

          • Some guy

            The problem is the 360 player, not the server.
            I know enough about the server part to get them to work without problems so getting something to so it for me won’t help in this case.

          • Alex_Atkin_UK

            That is exactly my point.

            All these devices with DLNA stuck on as an afterthought have spotty support for the various containers/codecs, so they do not reliably work with every file.

            The 360 is by far the worst as it was primarily designed to play WMA/AVI files streamed from Windows so the server has to do a LOT of work to transcode everything into formats it “kinda” supports. All the servers fail eventually on one file or another because that file happens to have a slightly different encode that the server thinks is fine but the player throws a paddy over.

            The only thing you can do is use a player, such as the WDTV Live, that actually NATIVELY supports everything so doesn’t need server hacks.

          • Bush

            back out and resume playing to fix the sync issue.

      • Bush

        i use a 2tb network drive(NAS) they’re the same price as the usb ones now but a whole lot better. can stream to everything from my router.

  • ryder4life22187

    Makes you wonder what their limit for external HDD is.

    • beardyman3218

      I don’t think there is a limit, the only limit is the biggest HDD your chosen manufacturer offers.

      • ryder4life22187

        I hope so cause im sure their thinking how much of an idiot they are that you can’t upgrade their HDD without taking the console apart.

        • beardyman3218

          Yes, in the video it shows 5.7tb available so there using a 6tb HDD plus you can use 2 HDDs.

          • Alex_Atkin_UK

            You misread, it said 5.7TB for “all storage”. That is all drives combined including the internal.

            That said they used a 2TB in the video and I would be surprised if it didn’t support 4TB as they have been readily available for months. (I bought one last November)

          • beardyman3218

            Thank you for the correction. Come to think of it 4tb is the most I have seen at least retail products.

    • Shakeslikecrazy

      256GB or higher. It’s a lower limit apparently. NTFS can go up to 256TB I guess (apparently even 16EB on Windows 8, which is still the basis for the Xbox One).

  • Fingleberries

    Where’s External Storage … (Oh, force of habit, sorry :))
    Great update. Thanks for the quick speed of these updates. :)

  • Tony G

    Wow Automatic Sign-in! Awesome set of improvements!

  • Winter soldier

    Now with this and master chief collection life will be complete

  • BuBBeR

    You can play the games that are installed in the external HDD right? Don’t need to copy it back to internal storage to play right? Right right?

    • Jorge Garza

      Yes, like in the 360.

      • BuBBeR

        Thanks!

    • Satsumo

      Right. The external HDD is treated exactly the same as the internal.
      Personally it’s a better solution than the “other” company’s solution of having to swap out the existing HDD.

      • ryder4life22187

        I’d rather swap out the existing HDD than have another box sitting by my console that may have a power cord on the external HDD as well.

        • Alex_Atkin_UK

          But its a HUGE advantage that the external HDD is not tied to the console.

          I fully expect Sony to update the PS4 for external storage but you can pretty much guarantee they WILL lock it to the console, as the internal HDD currently does. That is a huge pain as if your console breaks you lose everything on the HDD.

          With Xbox 360/One if you have your data on external storage you can just plug it into your new console and carry on. Although I admit, it was a huge benefit that with 360 you could do that with the normal HDD too. (apart from having to redownload DLC to get the offline licenses updated, hopefully that is simpler on Xbox One)

          • beardyman3218

            External HDDs also have a huge advantage. Mobility! I can take my games and HDD to another console and not have to install them again.

        • Satsumo

          The thing about HDDs is that eventually they always fill up – with the “replace internal HDD” approach it becomes a massive task to swap out an internal HDD and copy data across.
          Each to their own – but IMO it’s a consumer product hence really there should be no reason ever to open it and get your hands “dirty”.

  • beardyman3218

    Best system update so far. Surely the update after this is going to be dlna support and blu ray 3d….riiiight?

  • Snake eyes 211

    Almost all the features are very cool except real names don’t see the point of that? if a friend actually know you they call you by your real name anyway

    • Jorge Garza

      You are not force to use it, you can totally disable it. It´s always better to have the option.

      • Snake eyes 211

        Agreed

    • Alex_Atkin_UK

      Because some people like to change their gamertag as often as their underwear and it can be confusing if you haven’t yet spoken to them about it. If you can see their real name you will never have that problem.

      There are many people on my 360 friends list I have forgotten who they are because I haven’t talked to them in a while, and/or they changed their gamertag. If it had supported real names it would go a long way to solve that problem.

      • Snake eyes 211

        Good point

  • Jorge Garza

    1:48 it shows 5.7 TB free! No more storage problems.

    I am amazed! Microsoft is showing that they care about customers working super hard to get these updates.

    The Xbox One “dashboard” has improved a LOT since November and I am glad for that because now I am curious about what to expect in the future.

    Bless Microsoft for that auto-sign option, I was TIRED of having to sign-in every time because I play close to my TV and the Kinect don´t recognize me at that distance.

    Now, I am not complaining, just feedback. We still need:

    -MP3, video and pictures player to play media on USB drives.
    -Voice commands full support for Kinect on every country where Xbox One is avaliable.
    -Choose different language despite the country of choice, for example, if I live in Mexico and I want my console in English. Please let people choose a different language other than the official of their country.
    -3D blu ray support.
    -Cheaper digital prices.

    Those came from my head, but I am sure there is plenty more room to improvement. I hope Microsoft keeps this pace.

    • Alex_Atkin_UK

      Except, all these features should have been available day one. That said, Sony did exactly the same with PS4 and are so far are allowing Microsoft to pull ahead in functionality as they are rolling out THEIR firmware updates painfully slowly.

      • Jorge Garza

        Yes, I agree all those features should came on day one.

        Microsoft has always been ahead Sony software-wise. Look at the 2005 Xbox 360 dashboard and look it now, it is completely redesigned and a lot better.

        Look at the PS3 dashboard and it has been the same since the beginning.

        • Alex_Atkin_UK

          Well Microsoft are a software company, Sony are hardware, it generally works out as you would expect.

          Personally though I preferred the original 360 dashboard in a lot of ways. There are of course many improvements in the new one, but those could have been adapted into the old one too.

          Makes sense though, the original dashboard was Windows 7 inspired (ie Aero) and the new one is Windows 8. It suffers a lot of the same compromises, a more ugly UI but with functionality improvements that would have been better adapted into the old design IMO.

          I still haven’t had a go on an Xbox One though, but I hate the idea of everything being an app. The Xbox 360 got much slower over time due to splitting things into apps, the Wii U has a similar issue of being slow due to being modular.

          One of the best things about the original 360 OS was how lean it was so it stayed in RAM at all times making it VERY fast. Its what made the PS3 seem so clunky in comparison even when they shoehorned the in-game XMB later on.

          Ironically things have somewhat reversed now with the PS4 being reasonably quick and the Xbox One “seemingly” a bit more clunky with a friends “app” instead of it being seamless. Fortunately Microsoft will tweak and tweak until things are better.

  • OldSocialist

    Luvverly. With Skype snapping already, and now storage at the level we really need, it’s getting harder and harder to fault the XB1. Personally, I don’t want a machine that’s just a games console.

    • Death Dealer

      Yes, Skype video chat snap is awesome!

    • Some guy

      Still not many exclusives
      Still no backward compatibility
      Still no crossbuy
      Still weaker then ps4
      Maybe the E3 will fix that though.

      • Gary Leadbeater

        yet it can do a lot more than the ps4

        • Some guy

          A rock can do more then the ps4.
          But buying a rock won’t fix the xbone.

          • Alex_Atkin_UK

            That doesn’t even make sense.

            I assume you meant a rock can do things the PS4 cannot because it mostly certainly cannot do “more”.

      • Jorge Garza

        I guess you are a negative person. Still complaining about everything even when they are improving the console at a superb pace.

        Negative people, trolls and bullies = Internet´s cancer.

        • Some guy

          Way to prove me wrong, I say they might fix the remaining problems in the future and you say I’m negative.
          Guess I should have said xbox won future is so bright I can’t see.

        • usrev

          um, negative people is the reason xbox is slowly getting fixed in the first place. their flops are from the real fans that didn’t jump on the bandwagon because xbox. now that they lost a huge chunk marketshare they have to be better. improvements are driven by the competition’s success. ps3 became better than the 360 in the end because the 360 was so great in the beginning, and then MS got complacent. it’s the exact opposite this time, we just have to see if sony gets complacent.

  • Satsumo

    Superb – really looking forward to the set-top box control via voice, finally coming to the UK. Hope it works as well as it did in the demo in E3 (2013).

    • Gary Leadbeater

      ive had it for the past 6 weeks in the preview beta other than a few small problems it goes to most of the channels you tell it to

      • Satsumo

        Awesome – thanks. Hopefully finally can say “goodbye Freesat remote”

  • mcmax3000

    Maybe this is something that will come via getting the OneGuide stuff here in Canada, but it would be really nice if the Xbox One would turn my Satellite box on/off with the XB1 system power like it does with my TV.

    • Gary Leadbeater

      it does I live in the uk and my sky HD box turns on along with my tv and xbox when I say xbox on

      • Alex_Atkin_UK

        That doesn’t entirely make sense as if you are just booting up to play games you don’t want the Sky box wasting power.

        Then again I don’t understand how it can ever work that well with SkyHD anyway, its complicated enough to navigate WITH the remove, never mind a console that has to constantly “assume” the box is on the right page.

        Then again, maybe Sky added new commands beyond what the normal remote can do? That would certainly explain the delay.

      • mcmax3000

        Mine doesn’t. Maybe I just missed a setting during setup.

  • Derek

    I like the real name support for friends! awesome Idea

  • http://www.mtlscream.com/ Steve Belisle

    Great updates!!! It’s nice to see Microsoft updating the Xbox one every month.

    Very happy with the External Hard Drive support… :) And finally to have all the TV / OneGuide features in Canada :) Big Yeah! Love all the improvements over SmartGlass! That’s great :) And let’s not forget all the games with gold (coming in June too)!

    My only wishes are mostly now:
    – 3D blu ray support
    – Cheaper digital prices (compare to retail copy). Digital copy should be 5-10$ cheaper than retail copy.

    • http://www.niknokseyer.com/ Niknok Seyer

      yes ! 3D Blu Ray support !

    • http://summified.com/ Ry L

      Between GWG for X1 and the VIP store for gold members with sales and discounts…I think there’ll be some good stuff. I mean, I got Thief and Tomb Raider for half off digital a couple months ago… I’m sure there’ll be more of the same.

      • http://www.mtlscream.com/ Steve Belisle

        I agree… Got Thief at the same time… I wouldn’t have pay full price for it… But i mean, it would be nice to have digital day one and to save money on it… like 5$ or so… because it’s digital.

  • Jorge Garza

    They must have some BOMBS to announce at E3. They officially announced Halo 5, Games with Gold, the goodbye to the paywall, Skype being able to snap and this update in the last couple of days.

    I am SERIOUSLY wondering what that F**** they are going to announce at E3. OMG, I can´t control the hype.

    We are talking major leagues, if they announced this big changes now, that means they have even better things to show at E3. I am HYPED!

    • http://www.mtlscream.com/ Steve Belisle

      I agree…. E3 will be amazing… since they are doing all these announcements before the big show… One thing is sure… E3 for Xbox One will be all about GAMES :) YEAH!

    • ryder4life22187

      If the rumor list for both consoles for E3 is true than not that much to see there. But as always lets hope theres some hidden info for both consoles sake that wasn’t released.

      • evilfangs .

        Indeed, them rumor lists for both X1 and PS4 game line up are pretty poor.

      • Jorge Garza

        Horizon 2 and Gears of War 4 are pretty big news. Plus, they will definitely show some Halo 5 footage and some more about Quantom Break! Awesome!

        • ryder4life22187

          Never was that into Halo, played alot of Halo 4 with friends but that’s it. Interested to see were GoW 4 will go. Got horizon 2 on my list to keep track of, and have no interest in Quantom Break. So diffently a will see what they both do

          • beardyman3218

            Is halo 4 the only halo you have played? To me it is the worst in the series not that it makes it bad but you should pick up halo anniversary for 360 I saw it for £10, if you don’t like that then you would truly know whether its not for you. The thought of horizon 2 on x1 is mouth watering, the scope of them game could be huge.

        • Some guy

          That’s not really anything new.
          Forza, Gears, Halo, every years all years.
          Quantom break could be neat but that’s still just one game.

          • ryder4life22187

            That’s one of the reasons why I loved gaming back in the sega and super nintendo era. I swear during those days we were lucky to get a sequel to anything and mostly got a ton of random games.

          • Jorge Garza

            Sunset Overdive, Ryse 2, Below, Halo 1 to 4 collection, Crackdown 3. Plus I am sure they will announce some new games.

          • Some guy

            Never heard of Below, what is it about?
            Ryse 2 could be great as it won’t be a reworked kinect title.
            Sunetset look like crackdown 2 and it’s not a good thing(and I hate that since Insomniac is one of my favorite studios)
            Crackdown 3 could be a lot fun though.
            But yea it’s looking pretty good.

      • beardyman3218

        While some of that list maybe true Phil Spencer has already said there still bringing more and more together for e3 so the only people who truly know what Xbox e3 is going to be like, is ms. I can almost guarantee there are some HUGE announcements coming.

        • NarcoSleepy

          The whole E3 event will be Phil Spencer walking out on stage and proclaiming “You’re Welcome. Thank you, Goodnight!”

          • Nick Peck

            Walks out, drops the mic and shows some kickarse new IP trailers :D

    • Death Dealer

      It’s GAMES, GAMES, GAMES.

  • http://www.niknokseyer.com/ Niknok Seyer

    Blu-Ray 3D support next please !

  • Beano

    MORE EXTERNAL STORAGE FOR ALL OF US POOR, DUMB 360 USERS

    • Alex_Atkin_UK

      I suspect the 360 is limited due to how its external storage support works. Its all split into 1GB files so if we have 1TB of storage it would eat up all the system RAM with that many open files causing games to crash.

      What they “should” have done is format the drives natively to Xbox, which it sounds like is how it will work on Xbox One. I believe the 360 did it the way it does to keep compatibility with memory cards and avoid having to completely rewrite external storage support from scratch.

      That said, they could always release an “affordable” (ha, not gonna happen) 1TB replacement drive for Xbox 360 now.

      • billy middleton

        I’ve seen xbox360’s with 1TB drives work no problem.
        the 360 can use over 1TB HDD externally.
        some 3rd party manufacturers make 2tb drives for the 360 and they work, its limited to 32gig because Microsoft want people to buy there branded items.
        remember the 360 superslim has usb 2.1 connectors which are the same ones used on the pc and the whole myth about the system ram being its limited factor is just that…a myth

        • Michael Burden

          LOL, not exactly. If anything the 32GB limit was introduced as a piracy prevention method. Plus at that time Games on Demand was just coming into existence so bigger storage wasn’t really as necessary as it is today.

          Yes it is an artificial limit in place, but not to push their own memory options. If that were the case, they would have went with a totally proprietary requirement and sold their own 32GB models as well (Microsoft only sells 8GB and 16GB USB drives).

        • Nick Peck

          Kinda like how sony sells overpriced memory cards for the vita? Only problem with that is, MS didn’t force you buy anything from them as any usb drive works with it just fine.

        • Alex_Atkin_UK

          Because if you are playing a video file from a 1TB drive it only has to open that one file.

          If you are accessing a VIRTUAL memory card split into 1GB files, it has to open 1000 files in order to access the internal file structure where it then opens yet more files.

      • trfe

        X1 is the priority.

      • Peter

        B.S a modded 360 can handle more memory just fine. MS purposely gimps the external 360 usb limit on purpose to sell more overpriced/underpowered drives. You honestly believe that if ms didn’t want to they couldn’t release a patch to allow more space available???

        Its done on purpose like the headphone adapter and basically done to help monopolize or limit unauthorized peripherals so they can sell theirs.

        • Michael Burden

          If that were the case, Microsoft would have went with a totally proprietary format and sold their own 32GB drive (Microsoft only sells 8GB and 16GB models). If anything, the external limit was a piracy prevention attempt.

          • Nick Peck

            Don’t bother talking logic to a tinfoil hat wearer, his conspiracy theory is stated and he is happy… lol.

        • Alex_Atkin_UK

          If a modded 360 crashes, its your fault. A modded 360 also deliberately bypasses DRM which could be a consideration for how its implemented in a retail unit, it HAS to be secure.

          You are suggesting that the modding community have tried every single possible combination and verified its stable on every single game and configuration. There also WILL be overhead in the DRM that potentially the modders have removed.

          I’m not saying its definitely not possible, just I can see why it might not all be down to lost profits on HDD sales.

          Of course ultimately they can patch it out, they could use the proper xbox format
          instead of a virtual filesystem on top of FAT32. But like you said,
          there is no motivation to do it as it would actually cost a lot of money verifying that change works in all situations and on top of that they lose out on HDD sales.

  • John Smith

    Does this mean yet another update with no option to auto-boot to full-screen TV, aka “Wife Mode”?

    I was really hoping to be able to re-connect my cable to my console. Another gut-punch from Microsoft.

    • Raul Rangel

      Meh! I would rather have a sleep option on my xbox to shut down when watching TV after hours.

    • beardyman3218

      It would be good if they updated it so when the x1 is in standby always on mode it passes through the HDMI in, that way you wouldn’t need to turn the x1 on and it would use less electricity.

    • trfe

      One thing at a time dude. This is a huge update with lots of far more requested items.

    • Corey Wisla

      You can’t teach her to say ‘xbox watch tv’? (or push the guide button even)

      • John Smith

        “Xbox watch tv” responsiveness is spotty in a family room setting. Booting up the controller, switching to full-screen, and then powering it down is a pain to “non-gamers”.

        “Gamers” like you and me like this setup, and it probably works great in your bedroom. Non “gamers” see this as a hassle when the just want to watch TV.

        • Satsumo

          Why don’t you just buy a X1 remote – it’s pretty damn cool and as well as allowing for easy switching to TV (because it is always on) it will also allow you to control volume.

          • John Smith

            I may, thanks for the suggestion.

        • Corey Wisla

          Correction, responsiveness is spotty in your family room, I have one console in my living room and one in my rec room and both respond quite well. Try recalibrating it with the volume on your tv/surround cranked way up.

          It sounds like you haven’t done a good job selling the entertainment features tbh. The reason I got two is because I showed that stuff off in the rec room console and my wife wanted one in the living room as well. My wife always uses the Kinect features to control almost everything she can now. I also showed her the PS4 in my rec room, and there is still just one ps4 in the house,

    • darkcharger

      The only workaround that I have done for my family is create a script on the universal remote.

      • John Smith

        Thanks – that’s one of the best suggestions i’ve heard.

        • darkcharger

          No problem. FYI, I have the Harmony Ultimate remote but many other models offered by Harmony provides the same functionality. I simply put a timer for when I turn on the system and then an Xbox One select command to enable full screen.

  • Charles

    Does the external hard drive have to have its own dedicated external power source, or will a hard drive powered just by usb work?

    • Death Dealer

      USB powered should work.

      • Charles

        Either way is fine. I’m glad the support for external drives is coming to the X1. They have been doing a lot of great updates. I was just wondering, because I know the Wii U recommends using an external drive with a dedicated power source and not one that is powered by usb only.

        • Death Dealer

          I thought I read somewhere that all the USB 3.0 ports on the console are full spec USB 3.0 and allowed up to 900mA.

        • Nick Peck

          Yah when I had my WiiU I hated that restriction because the only external I had that would work with it was one of the bigger desktop drives in a case (WD book type I think) which was as big as the WiiU itself lol.

          DD answered correctly though, you can just slap in a usb 3.0 and go to town, it will power through the system.

  • conrad owens

    When you format the drive is it creating a proprietary Xbox partition/volume ? Can we still use the drive on other non-xbox devices ?

    • Death Dealer

      Yes and no, unless you delete the partitions first and reformat.

    • trfe

      The drive is dedicated to xbox one. You can reformat it to use it for something else if you choose.

  • Andrew VanSpronsen

    Still no DLNA Browser?

  • http://soundcloud.com/ViRUSfromMARS Jaffa Cake King

    Excellent news on external storage and auto sign in, very happy about that. Bit baffled as to why we have to use smartglass to be able to move our pins around though.

  • Raul Rangel

    Keep them coming! EAT! EAT! EAT!

  • trfe

    So awesome! Love that there is no cap on the external hard drive!

  • shafnitz

    This is a great update. Much better than the last one. Keep it up!

    • miguel madera

      Good point. 32g is nothing

  • Peter

    Anyone believe that the external storage update wasn’t held back for july? yeah something tells me we could have gotten this much needed update sooner but ms was like let’s hold it off until july when we announce gwg for x1,etc etc

    Yeah like skype wasn’t held back for x1 as incentive and thats why the 360 didn’t get skype

    Trust me they could have given this much earlier i suspect

    • beardyman3218

      Yes I mean, its not like these updates take time or have to be thoroughly tested(sarcasm). They could have given these updates earlier but they wouldn’t have worked then people would be on here complaining they don’t work. Better to take there time and make sure it works correctly.

    • http://www.Soundcloud.com/Stream-Of-Consciousness Stream Of Conscious

      No.

  • nego

    Greats news!

    Please add “wishlist” like Steam, and send us a notification when that game is in offer, and please! please! let us play music in the background without snaping

 
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