Xbox One external USB storage support wont be ready at launch

first_imgYou have to hand it to Microsoft. The software giant and heir to the next-generation gaming throne took criticisms of the Xbox One seriously. It tweaked the DRM, got rid of the region lock, and even made Kinect optional. But still some things aren’t coming together as expected. At PAX last weekend, Xbox Community Manager Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb explained external USB storage support will not be ready when the console launches in November.The standard Xbox One will be rocking a 500GB internal drive, but users won’t have access to the drive as they have in with the 360. Well, they won’t have official access. Someone will probably figure out how to crack the Xbox One open and fit it with a new drive. The lack of external USB storage means most owners will have to make do with a measly half terabyte of space, at least for a while.Major Nelson went on to explain completing work on the USB storage feature is on the list of things to do, but other projects are currently taking priority. He could not provide an approximate release date for the feature.Whether or not this seriously affects early adopters of the Xbox One will depend very much on how fast that 500GB disappears. Xbox One games will be taking up space on the drive, and they’re likely to be quite a bit bigger than 360 games were. The PS4, by comparison, will not support USB storage devices, but will allow owners to replace the 500GB internal hard drive with something bigger. The Wii U supports external USB drives up to 2TB.This isn’t the first promised feature that’s falling behind schedule — Microsoft amended its FAQ page last week to clarify only five countries would have Kinect voice controls at launch. Perhaps making all those changes to the way the Xbox One operates delayed Microsoft more than we thought.last_img

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