Another sign points to external drive support for Xbox One

An unnamed Xbox developer used Reddit to post a screenshot that mentions an external drive working with the console.

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Xbox One. Microsoft

It won't be long before the Xbox One supports external drives, if a newly leaked screenshot is to be believed.

A Reddit poster claiming to be an Xbox developer recently posted an image showing a pop-up on the Xbox One's software saying that an "external drive (is) ready." The image has fueled speculation that the feature is coming sooner rather than later.

Since the Xbox One's launch last year, Microsoft has promised that external game storage would come in the near future. Xbox One comes with 500GB of internal storage. But after game data is saved to the hard drive, as well as digital versions downloaded to the storage device, it's not long before storage runs out. External drives would help mitigate that issue.

Last month, Xbox Live Director of Programming Larry Hyrb, better known as "Major Nelson," confirmed that external storage support would be "coming soon." He wasn't sure at that time whether the external storage device would allow users to also store music and videos in addition to games.

There's no word yet on when external drives will be supported, but it likely won't be long considering Microsoft's desire to appease its users and the major changes Microsoft has been making the console, including ditching the Kinect in a bundle option to bring the Xbox One price down to $399.

CNET has contacted Microsoft for comment. We will update this story when we have more information.

(Via Engadget)

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