Xbox One owners were treated to a little bit of a tease this past February when a dashboard update (finally) gave them the ability to manage their consoles' storage, a much-requested feature since the console's November 2013 launch.
But two features still eluded those who felt otherwise bound by the console's 500GB storage limit: The ability to swap out the Xbox One's included hard drive for a bigger, fatter, or faster device, and the ability to connect external storage.
If you're one of those gamers, we have some good news for you. Xbox spokesperson Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb has confirmed that the Xbox One will soon support "external game storage."
Hryb made the small announcement in a reply to a user's question on a the /r/xboxone Reddit page, but neglected to list out any of the key details: When it might arrive, why Microsoft took so long to enable support, etc.
Hryb also said that he'll be looking into "media support," presumably to see what kinds of files would be accessible by the Xbox One — like .mp4s, for example. It would be quite nice to be able to load up videos and (legal) movies onto a USB-based device and view them via the Xbox One, especially since the console — like the PlayStation 4, at the moment — lacks any and all support for DLNA-based streaming within one's home. You can't stream videos from your various devices (including network storage) to your console, which is a feature that worked fairly well on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
It remains to be seen if the Xbox One's external storage compatibility will also be subject to the same 32GB limit as the Xbox 360. That sounds like a lot on paper, but not when you compare it to the average installation size of some of the Xbox One's bigger titles. Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag clocks in at 22GB or so, while NBA 2K14 eats up 43.6GB of space when installed. Yikes.
For more, see our full review of the Xbox One.