A new Xbox One update is coming in June and includes improvements for which many users have asked. External storage and real names are just the beginning of a major update to Microsoft’s video game console.
The most wanted update is the ability for the Xbox One to support external hard drives. This feature has been asked for by many players because the storage on the Xbox One is limited to only 500 GB, and having to install every game the user wants to play can eat away that internal space quickly. On the Xbox 360, the external hard drive was limited to only 16 GB. With the updated Xbox One, there will be no limitations, as it will support two external hard drives connected at the same time. However, the external hard drives will have to be at least 256 GB or larger and support USB 3.0.
The external hard drive will have to be formatted through the Xbox One, but afterwards there will be no limitations as to what the user can store on the external hard drive. The user can copy over games, add-ons and apps to increase the space on the internal drive. Games copied can also be brought over to a friend’s house and played directly off the external hard drive. The user will have to login to Xbox Live or insert the game disc to verify game ownership.
Another feature Xbox One will gain through the June update is the ability to show full names along with a user’s gamertag. This is optional and the user will be able to choose who is able to see their full name from their friends list. The user can choose to share with everyone or no one at all. Real names will not be displayed during gameplay, but will be displayed on the home screen to help find a friend with which the user wants to communicate.
Smartglass will also be upgraded to allow more functions from the mobile app. Once the app is installed on the user’s mobile device, the user will see some new features such as OneGuide and Universal Remote Control. Through Smartglass, the user will be able to view all the upcoming television schedules on the OneGuide. With the Universal Remote Control, users will be able to interact with the OneGuide, change channels, setup DVR, and view shows recorded from previous DVR schedules.
The Xbox One will gain a new hub on the home screen for Xbox Live Gold membership benefits. The previously announced Games with Gold and Deals with Gold will be faster and easier to find for users. Xbox Live Gold members will be able to quickly search the hub for the free game and deals currently offered.
The Xbox One update will also bring along the option to choose which profile will automatically sign in. Previously, the console would recognize the player through the Kinect and sign that player in automatically. However, now that the Kinect has become optional and the player cannot be recognized, the console will be able to automatically sign in a user profile without having to select a profile every time the Xbox One is started.
For now, the update is being tested through Microsoft’s preview members. The full Xbox One update will be coming in June once all of the latest features have been tested and verified.
By Raul Hernandez