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







Comments

  • NibblingPanda

    Hopefully this new update also includes fixes for the lingering Bluray Drive issues introduced from previous builds. Such as, like mine, when I use the “Instant-On” feature, the drive doesn’t wake up along with the console. I have to wake it up by pressing the eject button, then I will hear that audible bluray drive sound we normally hear from the beginning. Or, such as, when the console is idle for a time (which I think is related to the issue above) the blu ray drive “turns off” and you have to wake it up again.

    Crossing fingers for fixes!

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  • Lakerfanalways

    Just wondering what hard drive might be good to buy for the XBOX ONE..I was checking out Seagate’s site and saw the 5TB external one(USB powered) but its 200 bucks not sure if its worth spending that much money on a hard drive or if it will be a good speed when playing games

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    • ryder4life22187

      Make sure to do some research on that seagate drive before you drop the cash. I know seagate has had issues with drives dying out on people in a years time.

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      • Lakerfanalways

        I have a seagate drive 4TB power adapter supply and it works great, have had it for a few years, problem is its already a discontinued model since its old..now seagate only has USB powered drives, no longer any adapter powered drives..so not sure what to go with..havent had any experience with western digital so dont know how good they are

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      • ryder4life22187

        Western digital drives are the best drives I’ve used so far. They last longer then most drives I’ve used before

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      • Lakerfanalways

        Ive seen online those Western Digital My Book 4TB drives I think that is the highest it will go not sure how good they are..I would buy the seagate USB powered 5TB drive but not sure if the USB powered ones are maybe less reliable than the wall powered ones

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  • Jordan Blyth

    so will we EVER get 3D Blu Ray support? it really sucks that neither PS4 or Xbox One support it yet and i have to keep my PS3 connected to watch them.

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    • Death Dealer

      Yes, an app update shoud be available for that in the next couple of months.

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  • Chuck

    This is of little use until they actually start releasing games people want to play.

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    • deadbox102

      Judging by your comment you don’t read the sales data.

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    • http://Www.mylifewithgaming.wordpress.com/ Mitchell Hall

      lame

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  • Adam

    There has been a lot of good updates recently, but they miss the simple things. What about the option to get rid of the beeping noise every time you move in the menu’s. Why can’t you choose to disable just the hand gestures of the Kinect? Plus, why can’t you delete your notifications history?!!

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  • Death Dealer

    Major, I’ve been receiving some request from my friends if MS could do another public announcement to allow more people into the preview program.
    Could you check into that (and perhaps make it happen)?

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    • Shomberlon

      If you go to the preview registration in the apps, you can invite your friends in to the programme from there.

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      • Death Dealer

        I know that, but it’s more for the friends of friends of friends making it all a bit cumbersome instead of a simple registration.
        I personally am not fond of having to befriend people I have rarely talked to (basically don’t know) just for spreading out beta builds.

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  • avi

    awesome, now one last thing.
    give us backgrounds and transparent tiles.

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  • GmailIsDown

    my console just got a system update. not sure what it is. my console is not set to always on and i feel i am always among the last who gets a system update.

    i am not in the beta program.

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    • Death Dealer

      If it’s build 1406 (june 2014), then you have the new update, otherwise it’s still 1405.

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      • GmailIsDown

        thanks. i checked and it is still 1405

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  • chris

    Any chance the Hard Drive update can make its way to Xbox 360? I know we already have it but we have the stupid 32GB limitation. Since Xbox One is getting Hard Drive update how hard can it be to just remove the limitation in the Xbox 360?

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