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

  • 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.

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  • 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?

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    • 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).

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      • 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.

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      • 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).

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      • 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.

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      • Shawn

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

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      • 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.

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    • Death Dealer

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

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    • 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.

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      • 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.

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      • Death Dealer

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

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  • profeteer

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

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  • Death Dealer

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

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  • David Marshall

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

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    • Sir Tanka

      Yes it will

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  • Sir Tanka

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

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  • Nick Peck

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

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  • 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!

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  • rkm80

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

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    • Nick Peck

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

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    • 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)

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      • 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.

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  • 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 …

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    • Fingleberries

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

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      • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Ryan Tinney

    Amazing

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  • Daniel Gomes

    Now the Internet explodes.

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  • A. J.

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

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  • 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:)

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    • John Conor

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

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  • 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)

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    • 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.

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  • 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?

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    • 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.

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      • 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😛 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.

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  • Cole

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

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  • Nick King

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

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  • Hugoku

    Now make the storage thingy happen on the 360.

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    • 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.

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      • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • bloody

    what abiut the x360?

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  • 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.

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    • 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.

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      • 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.

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      • 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.

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    • 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.

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  • 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”.

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    • 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.

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      • 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”.

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      • ryder4life22187

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

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      • 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.

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      • 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.

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      • Andrew VanSpronsen

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

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      • 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.

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      • ryder4life22187

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

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      • Some guy

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

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      • 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.

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      • Some guy

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

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      • 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.

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      • 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.

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      • 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.

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      • Bush

        back out and resume playing to fix the sync issue.

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      • 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.

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  • ryder4life22187

    Makes you wonder what their limit for external HDD is.

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    • beardyman3218

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

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      • 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.

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      • beardyman3218

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

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      • 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)

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      • beardyman3218

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

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    • 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).

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