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Xbox One getting external storage and real name support in June

Posted on May 21, 2014 AT 07:31am

Microsoft has confirmed that Xbox One’s June update will add the long awaited external storage support and the ability to identify friends by their real names.

From June, the Xbox One will be able to support up to two external hard drives at once. “Simply plug in your 256 GB or larger USB 3.0 external hard drive and once formatted, copy and move games, apps and game add-ons to increase your storage capacity at home,” Microsoft wrote on Xbox Wire. If you take your content round a friend’s house you will still need to sign into your live account to access content or insert the game disc to play an installed game.

Also, the update will add the ability to show your friends’ real names instead of their Gamertag on your friends list. Players will have full control on who sees their real name, being able to select from “all your friends, a subset of your choosing, friends of friends or none at all.” Your real name will not be displayed in games.

The update also signals an end to the need for Xbox Live Gold to access streaming apps such as Netflix and Hulu. Finally, Xbox One users will be able to select one account that automatically signs in when the console is booted up.

You can read more about the June update here.

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