The Xbox One’s much-anticipated June update, which brings with it many features, including the much anticipated external storage capability, has a preview beta that can be tested by those who have applied for it now.
Microsoft’s next update for the Xbox One will allow users to use external USB 3.0 hard drives as permanent storage for the console. The news has been circling about as rumors, and has been a fairly open secret for a couple of weeks.
Microsoft has now released the official detailed patch notes on their private preview forum. The obvious highlight is the external storage capability, but this major update also brings in Real-Name Sharing and Auto Sign-in, along with a redesigned and updated Xbox Store.
In addition to the patch notes, Microsoft also released an official FAQ compilation, which mostly targets the external storage feature of the console.
If you’re a part of the beta preview, you might want to check your Xbox One for your early access to the update. Those who are willing to join can do so by asking someone they know who is already in it for an invite.
Here’s the update preview, followed by the official FAQ for your convenience:
External Storage for your Games and Apps – This has been a much requested feature, and it’s here! With the June update preview, you can connect up to two external hard drives to use as extra storage for your Xbox One console. We have a detailed list of how to use this feature here, and you can discuss everything external storage related in the External Storage on Xbox One forums. Don’t forget to check out the FAQ!
Real Name Sharing – Now you can share your real name with your friends, and even with your friends-of-friends. Don’t worry though, you’re in total control – share your name with your entire friends list, or just a few. The next time you open the Friends app, you’ll receive a setup prompt. If you don’t receive the prompt, you can also access the setup by selecting My profile and Share real name.
Auto Sign-In – You requested this, and now you have it! With Auto-Sign In, you can now select an account to sign in automatically when you turn on your Xbox One. To enable this option, navigate to Settings > Preferences > Instant sign-in, and choose the account you wish to sign in automatically. The next time you turn on the system, you’ll be signed-in from the get-go!
Updated Store for Home – The Xbox Store has been redesigned and now includes featured content front and center with Game, Movie, Music, and App categories to the right. The search bar has also been moved, and it’s now an icon under the categories at the far right.
Please note we’ve added a new widget next to the forums to keep you updated on what the current update OS number should be, and when you should expect it. You can click on the version number to go to the post for more information. As always, for the latest news on updates, new additions, known issues, and fixes, please visit the Announcements forum.
Q: What can I install on my external storage device?
A: You can install games, downloadable content, and apps on your storage device.
Q: Can I store game saves on the external storage device?
A: No. Game saves are automatically stored in the cloud and synced to the Xbox One console.
Q: Can I use the external storage device for music and video playback?
A: No. For the initial release of the external storage feature, media files, including music and videos, are not supported. We are considering this for a future release.
Q: Can I copy or move a game from my internal hard drive to my external storage device?
A: Yes. Check out the content management features by going the Manage page for the game or app.
Q: Can I use my external storage device with my PC as well as my Xbox One?
A: No. The external storage device will be formatted for use by the Xbox One console only. PCs won’t recognize the drive partition created by the Xbox One.
Q: Can I re-format my storage device from my Xbox One console?
A: If you’d like to remove all content from your storage device and start over, you can re-format your storage device on the Xbox One. To do this, go to Settings>System>Manage Storage, choose the external drive you want to format, and select Format. After this is done, the Xbox One will treat it as a brand new drive.
Note: Formatting causes the storage device to wipe all data.
Q: Do I need to bring my game disc while roaming with my storage device?
A: Yes. The external storage device does not change the licensing for games, so if the game was installed from a disc, the disc is required to play the game.