Xbox One Won't Support External Hard Drives At Launch

By William Usher 2013-09-02 18:20:40 discussion comments
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Is this a future 180 news item waiting to happen? It appears that with every bit of news for the Xbox One a prompt 180 happens shortly thereafter. Anyway, Marjor Nelson confirmed in his latest podcast that the Xbox One won't feature external hard drive support at launch, which means, you better count every gigabyte you use until you get an extra 1TB hard drive.

The podcast comes courtesy of Major Nelson's official website, where Major “Switch Flipper” Nelson talked up all things Xbox. The one comment that stood out above and beyond everything else, however, was the mention of the new Xbox One external hard drive situation, where the Major of Switch Flipping stated that...
The Xbox One will ship with a 500GB hard drive, all of them have that. The future plan is definitely to support external storage, much like we do on the Xbox 360.

My understanding is that feature won't be there at launch because the team's working on other things. It's definitely on the list, but I don't know when it'll come in though.

Yikes.

On the upside, since Microsoft has a prime focus on mostly AAA titles and there aren't a whole lot coming out for the Xbox One right at launch, you won't have to worry about filling up the hard drive that quickly. Now if they had all the free-to-play and high-quality PC ports that Sony is bringing over to the PlayStation 4, then yeah... they would be in a huge pickle considering that the hard drive would fill up awfully quick with such a wide variety of games to choose from.

Don't be surprised, however, that with the string of reversals that Microsoft might pull a 180 and allow for external hard drive support at the launch of the Xbox One in November.

The system has consistently been plagued with all sorts of negative media attention ever since its debut on May 21st earlier this year. The system hasn't really scored one major positive point with gamers outside of timed exclusivity of specific AAA titles, namely just Titanfall.

Leading up closer to the console's launch this holiday season, other games have also lost a bit of their luster, including the likes of Dead Rising 3, which many feel seems fun but isn't much of a killer app, and Killer Instinct, which was hit with the EVO 2013 booing fiasco, and then there was Ryse, which left a rather poor taste in the mouths of video game journalists after the poor showing of the multiplayer portion of the game.

Maybe with a little media spit shine and polish, Microsoft can pull it together, hunker down and turn up the competitive heat, because right now they seem to be trying to imitate everything Sony has done all while managing to fall with loose feet a few steps behind the competition every single step of the way.

Need more info on the Xbox One? Feel free to head on over to Microsoft's Official Website.
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