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External hard drive support for Xbox One won’t be ready at launch


When the Xbox One was first revealed in May, Microsoft said that users would be able to expand the system’s internal 500 GB hard drive with external USB storage. It seems that feature won’t initially be available to early adopters when the console is released in November, though.

Speaking during a live podcast recorded at PAX this weekend, Xbox Community Manager Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb said that, while the external storage feature is being worked on, “my understanding is that feature will not be there at launch because the team’s working on other things. It’s definitely on the list; I don’t know when it will come in, though.”

As a practical matter, this probably won’t mean much to early Xbox One owners; it will take time to fill up 500 GB, after all. Still, it’s never a good sign when a company is still working to add promised features to a product that’s planned for release in only a few months.

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