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MICROSOFT ANNOUNCED on Wednesday that an upcoming Xbox One update will bring external storage support to the games console in June.
External storage support has long been called for among Xbox One users, and Microsoft announced today that it will arrive next month in the June dashboard update. The Xbox One will support USB 3.0 hard drives with 256GB or higher capacity, and Microsoft said that it will support up to two at once.
While a huge boost for those who want to store apps and games outside of the console, Microsoft also boasted that it's a great way to take content to a friend's house.
"You'll need to sign in to Xbox Live if you've purchased your content digitally or insert a disc to verify your game ownership when you take your content on the road," Microsoft explained. "The great benefit here is there's no need to wait to re-download your game and all the [downloaded content]. With external storage support in June, you can also choose to copy full games and all of the associated content in one easy step."
Real name support will also be included in the next Xbox One update, which should make it easier to find friends who also own an Xbox One games console, along with TV and Oneguide features that will finally arrive in the UK, Canada, France, Germany, Spain and Italy, and automatic sign-in.
Xbox Smartglass enhancements will also be included in the update. The ability to act as a makeshift remote control is one of these enhancements, with Microsoft saying that users will be able to use their smartphone, tablet or PC to view TV listings and set recordings. The Smartglass app will also receive hero statistics and activity feeds in the update. µ
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