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Xbox One lands external storage support in June

Next month's system update will introduce a bevy of features for Microsoft's latest console.

Microsoft Xbox One
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Microsoft announced Wednesday that June's Xbox One system update will bring a range of new features and functionality to the console, including external storage support and the ability to identify yourself on Xbox Live with your real-world name if you want to. There's no word yet on when the update will arrive, but we have a detailed breakdown of what it will include.

Regarding external storage support, when the system update rolls out next month, you can connect up to two external hard drives at once. Drives must be at least 256GB and use USB 3.0, and they'll need to be formatted. After your drive is formatted (the Xbox One will do this for you), you'll be able to copy and move games, as well as apps and downloaded adds-ons, to your external hard drive.

Microsoft says external hard drive support for Xbox One is a "great way" to bring your content to a friend's house and get started playing right away. Of course, you'll still need sign into Xbox Live if you purchased the content digitally or insert a disc to verify that you bought the game. But the major benefit is that you won't need to re-download your game or DLC if you want to play at a friend's house.

Read more of "Xbox One gets external storage support, real names for friends next month" at Gamespot.