Xbox One External Drive Support, Improved Friend Search Due in June Update


While we already saw a teaser image by an Xbox One developer showcasing the external hard drive mode under tests, Microsoft on Wednesday officially announced that the feature would start rolling out in June. Users would also be able to use real names to search for their friends as a part of the next Xbox One system update.

“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,” stated Larry Hryb, also known as Major Nelson, Director of Programming for Xbox Live, on the Xbox blog.

The June system update for Xbox One will let users carry around their games along with extra DLCs anywhere via an external hard drive. However, the gamer would have to sign in after plugging in the device to continue if the content is purchased digitally. “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,” adds Hryb. The external disk should have 256GB of storage or larger with USB 3.0 connectivity.

Additionally, as a result of user’s feedback, the upcoming Xbox One system update would also enable users to simply search their friends with real names and not only by their aliases or gamertags on Xbox Live.

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