Although it will be an included feature later on in the console’s lifespan, the Xbox One will not have external storage support when it launches. Although that is almost crucial for Xbox 360’s, the Xbox One will ship with a 500GB internal hard drive, so it’s unlikely that customers will need the extra space right away.
It was Microsoft frontman Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb that confirmed the missing feature during a recording of his podcast during this year’s PAX Prime 2013. Hyrb took the question from an audience member stating, “The Xbox One will ship with the 500 GB hard drive, all of them have that,” Hryb confirmed. He then added, “The future plan is for definitely to support external storage much like we do on the Xbox 360. My understanding is that feature will not be there at launch, because the team is working on some other things, but it definitely is on the list. I don’t know when it will come in though.”
This comes after the senior director of product planning for Microsoft, Albert Penello, told fans in May that the Xbox One would have USB 3.0 that would allow external hard drives. Unlike the PS4, the internal hard drive of the Xbox One will not removable, Microsoft has also not confirmed what type of hard drives would be supported.
This really shouldn’t be an issue for most players, but it is another ‘clarification’ that Microsoft has to make surrounding the company’s claims on the Xbox One. Something that players may soon get tired of very quickly.
That being said, the Xbox One should sell-out rather quickly this holiday season, the two leading online retailers that are still allowing pre-orders for the ‘Day One’ launch console are Microsoft’s own online store, and Amazon. You can check out pricing, availability and other launch details below on the companies’ official product pages.
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