Xbox One fans, rejoice! An official statement released by Xbox Wire two days ago announced a heavy XBox One update to solve the storage problem you all had so far. If you remember the promise Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb made last year upon the launch of the Xbox One, you will be happy to know that he kept that promise, and then some! Reports back in 2013 said that
Microsoft will ship the Xbox One with an internal 500GB hard drive and a USB 3.0 port that will, eventually, allow players to use external storage to manage game downloads and installs. The feature won’t be in the machine at launch, however. “My understanding is that feature will not be there at launch because the team is working on some other things, but it definitely is on the list,” said Hryb. “I don’t know when it will come in, though.”
Well, the future is here. The XBox One update will allow users to add up to two 256 GB or larger USB 3.0 external hard drives to their consoles in order to release the pressure of downloading and installing games without being forced to delete old ones. Users will also be happy to hear that the XBox One update sports many other enhancements and features to offer the players a unique and rewarding game experience. You will be able to use the Real Names feature, coming to XBox for the first time. This allows you to recognize and identify people by their real names and not just by their game tags. Also, Microsoft also improved the SmartGlass app for Xbox One:
After getting great feedback from our SmartGlass beta, we’re thrilled to be bringing the entire OneGuide experience and Universal Remote Control to SmartGlass. Now in supported markets you can view all of your TV listings on your SmartGlass device and set and view your favorite channels and app channels on your smart phone, tablet or PC.
And there is more where these came from. Finally, the non – Gold members will be able to have Netflix and all the other entertainment apps for free, without being forced to join the ranks of Gold members.
These are just the tip of the iceberg. The XBox One update announces major changes for the greater good of players in the U.S., Canada and Europe. Maybe Microsoft started on the wrong foot its race against the PS 4, but now it seems that it learned its lesson and started to also listen to its customers. Perhaps Microsoft won’t get ahead of Sony very soon, but it certainly tries to fix up the initial flaws and drawbacks of the XBox One and deliver a truly competitive product. The XBox update news pleased everybody in the field and positive results are expected once the update becomes available.