Xbox One external drive support may be coming soon

Xbox One external drive

If an image posted by an Xbox One developer is any indication, external drive support may be coming to the Xbox One soon. An anonymous Xbox One developer posted the above image to Reddit last week, with the title: "Adding more hype on the list of things to come."

The image posted by the anonymous dev shows an Xbox One dashboard with the message "External Drive Ready," along with a widget that reveals the available storage on the external drive. Although the Xbox One comes with a 500 GB internal hard drive, triple-A games like Titanfall take up to 50 GB of storage. Install enough games and you're bound to run out of disk space eventually.

There is no indication as to what kind of drives will be compatible, but it is possible we'll hear more details at Microsoft's E3 event on June 9. With the sheer aggression with which Microsoft has been pushing updates to the Xbox One, it may not be long before this feature is available.

Source: Reddit, Via: Engadget



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Md Anwer says:

I am going to play lot of games!!

adrian1338 says:

I am wondering if there isnt enough space for all available games yet. You could proberly fit alle ps and xbox exclusives on 500GB :O

Stevied1991 says:

My Xbox One HDD is maxed out.

Z10YkakPES says:

Exactly, I had to delete ryse to fit NFS and Forza :(

How about an iSCSI mounted drive from a NAS, that would be cool - but unlikely! ;)

stui83 says:

Shear agression... So you never know :)

blackfire says:

This... PLEASE!! But true, probably unlikely...

ChrisFricke says:

If it's NAS then it's not iSCSI. The two are related but not even remotely the same technology. iSCSI is a block level protocol that encapsulates scsi disk commans into IP packets. Basically this means that the remote storage volume looks and acts like a local disk as far as the OS is concerned. Generally a one to one relationship. This will never be offered on XBox One even though the software initiator is built into Windows.

NAS is simply network hosted volumes that clients can connect to using network sharing protocols such as CIFS or NFS. The connection method is the same as any windows or linux share you've ever used (file server, media center, etc etc). It's generally called NAS when it's a networked appliance with a lot of hard drives that is purpose built as an independant file sharing device for large/many file volumes. That ABSOLUTELY needs to be added to XBox One.


I realize this isn't a super techy blog but I thought it would be worth to point out the difference with a simplistic overview to help those that may not understand the jargon. I've been working with enterprise storage "stuff" for over 20 years and I understand it can easily get confusing.

Md Anwer says:

I know this comment has nothing to do with the above article but anyways.
what is going on with whatsapp? For the whole night I was waiting for it. :(


You have to wait for very very long time, what's app updated always take some time.
The problem now if anyone install it from his device :|

adrian1338 says:

Is it part of your mentality to just post some random questions under articles?

Didn't know Whatsapp was available for Xbox One?

RaRa85 says:

Why did you do it?lol You gotta resist the urge to post unrelated comments. You gotta say no.lol

fazdoc says:

Dammit! Just bought a PS4 last week.

Aashish13 says:

Time to sell that

AlastorX50 says:

External drive support is coming and the PS4 has an upgradeable internal drive. So I don't see the bad about it.

Robborboy says:

I'd really rather an upgradeable internal over having a cable running on the outside to an external drive stashed somewhere.

pyrosol08 says:

There are plenty of wireless external drives available ? 

Z10YkakPES says:

You mean its so convenient to unscrew ps4, pull it out and put new one in, basically not being able to play those games? I don't think that's even close as convenient as external storage

Micfur says:

It took me less than 5min to upgrade the HDD on my PS4 to a 1TB drive, and external support is also coming. I just hope they don't limit our options to Microsoft branded external drives. I don't think they'll make that same mistake.

eric12341 says:

How many average consumers know how to upgrade an internal hard drive? It's better to have external.

Nimdock says:

I have an Xbox One and I disagree. It is better to have BOTH.


Choice is good.

When they added external drive support to the 360, you could use (almost) any flash device or HDD you could plug in, so I'm not too concerned about that. With regard to internal vs. external, I'd rather external so that I can plug in a new drive and continue to benefit from the 500GB it came with, rather than wasting that. I would have no other use for the HDD it came with if I removed it. What am I going to do, plug it into my Lumia or my Surface? :-P

You're gonna need a special hard drive to install and run games off an external HD I believe. So Microsoft will probably have their own to sell.

spyderzWPC says:

I was looking at my 70% filled and thinking hope this comes soon.  Because I havent even pushed all my updates yet.

TechFreak1 says:

Sweet, also add-ons also can take up a lot of space. Not that I'm complaining :P lol.

What I would like is a way to change the internal drive.

UnnDunn says:

That will never happen for security reasons.

lubbalots says:

It's been done. Look it up on YouTube.

Nimdock says:

Yeah, PS4 beat 'us' on that one. I would like that too.

Aashish13 says:

Off topic, Does anyone feel the difference of battery after the minor update? Even the visual glitches are still there are multitasking on WP.

imranjazib says:

No improvements in battery. But the OS seems faster than before. It is very responsive now.

Aashish13 says:

Yeah it seems faster. Lets c I guess battery will remain like this forever the reason is that we have got a lot of features with 8.1 like use of live tiles then notification centre. So battery consumed is enough because wp performs more functions than droid when phone is kept locked or even while operating.

Considering the Xbox One (of which this post is dedicated to) is plugged in to the mains I shouldn't imagine any changes in battery life...

mrvhin1216 says:

@Aashish13 Some people are just lazy to go to the right forum/discussion. Smh.

BldyIdt says:

Amazing, innit?

Dr Love PhD says:

I don't care if your question is off topic, who has time to look for it. Keep one week old stuff in one string. We are managing here to follow what is what.

I have had almost a 40% improvement in battery on my 1520. I did reset though. Normal use would suck about 4.9%, now it is 2.9 - 3.2%. I use my phone all day. I mean all day. I am an unemployed PhD candidate so I have time while I wait for university approval of dissertation topic. Till then, fiddling with phone.

One more off topic, I sucked up my Klipsch x11 headphones in the vacuum:), now that is unfortunate.

To dovetail back into updates and this thread; an updated headset is on its way...

cybermoose89 says:

How would a external drive attach via usb port maybe?

XboxOmac says:

External hard drives are usually connected through USB. So yes. Lol

cybermoose89 says:

Well that's alright then

Richard_Indy says:

Either way they go (Xbox branded ext. Drive only, or any drive you want as long as its formatted by the XB1), they will have a captive audience. Which ever way they go though, they had better stick with it because they will have an angry crowd on their hands if they waiver in thier decision.

Markp74 says:

I'm sure it will only be an ntfs or fat32 requirement.

UnnDunn says:

There may be minimum transfer rate requirements as well, to allow for things like Game DVR. Bus-powered laptop drives probably won't work.

corproberts says:

Amazing news mine is nearly maxed out too!

stui83 says:

It's beginning to become a feasible investment....

Sumit8 says:

There better be media support for videos on those drives

UnnDunn says:

Not part of this update. Maybe in future.

apocacrux says:

How could they force you to use one of the available video service like Xbox Video If they allowed you the freedom of watching downloaded videos?

They let you put media content on OneDrive and watch it on Xbox One, so why wouldn't they let you put it on an external drive? Perhaps it's another update down the road, but I would expect to see it. Not that I will use it, I do all my downloading through Xbox Video.

DavidinCT says:

I hope this comes soon. I am a few more games before being out of space. I was going to wait till my warranty was up, crack open the Xbox One and put in a 2-4tb drive. It is possible with a lunix script....

Just delete games you don't play often anymore? Its not that hard..

ChrisFricke says:

It is when you have three gamers in the house with differing tastes... How about recognize the issue as an issue and not dismiss it outright with an insulting quip simply because it doesn't apply to you?

bhast2 says:

Yeah read about this on Neowin last week

hauz_20 says:

Titanfall does not take up 50 GB on the One. The base game is 16.9 GB. The PC install size, though ...

Nice, when the Xbox One will be availible in The Netherlands we have a up and running system with extras. Worth the wait.

BsyewCP says:

I wonder if our will be able to take an 128gb flash drive.. Doubt it but would be nice to see..

NHunt67 says:

I would love to see the ability to use a network drive or NAS box for all the storage, games included.


XcZachx20 says:

Call of duty ghost takes up about 60 GB. Terrible amount, I'm going to have to delete it by the time the new one comes out

WP95 says:

I find this to be ridiculous. Do next-gen games really take up this much space or is this like an xboxonly problem because I never even came close to running out of space on my 360. And that was only 250GB!

kingkoopa09 says:

Yes u don't install whole games on Xbox 360 u have to on nex Gen physical or digital, If I had internet I'd be all digital I hate changing discs and I don't sell my games Gamestops bullshit %10-15% total value ain't worth the trip

Depends if you were installing from disk or downloading them. I've got quite a lot downloaded without maxing my drive out.

New console games are going to be bigger though, need to store the better graphics somewhere.

xboxonthego3 says:

Did you install every game on your 360? It wasn't a requirement for 360. And both the ps4 and Xbox one have large installs for games.

WP95 says:

No I actually never installed any games. I now learned that you didn't have to install on 360. Why is it a requirement now?

xboxonthego3 says:

Faster load times for games. Quicker to read off hard drive than disc. Possibly less chance of scratching disc since it now only has to read the license off of the disc not the whole game.

ChrisFricke says:

Performance. That is the reason. There's probably also some holdout requirements from the squashed DRM implementation but in general your game will load much faster from disk than disc.

Also, you can buy games without physical media (which I prefer) so that pretty much means you HAVE to download the whole thing to disk.

kingkoopa09 says:

After wolfenstein, watch dogs, and games for gold I don't see it lasting much longer needed this weeks ago

kingkoopa09 says:

9 physical games and 5 digital I'm on e now imaging if they actually released games for the Xbox it wouldn't last 6 months

kingkoopa09 says:

I click to reply to a comment and it replies to the comment before instead of the current, happens all the time after my first post Nokia 1520 even when I hold and reply it does it

stui83 says:

Fine for me it is...

Klaine243 says:

I wonder if this means they might release an arcade edition of the one like the 360. A cheaper box with the ability to use external drives could boost sales.

pankaj981 says:

I wish MS does something similar for Windows as well and let modern apps to be installed on external storage

SirPwn4g3 says:

"May be coming"?  That's a pretty lame headline, it was confirmed at least two months ago, this picture was to let you know it's coming soon. 

Coreldan says:

Titanfall on X1 isnt even 22gb with DLC