At E3, both Sony and Microsoft touted their next-gen consoles’ ability to expand their hard drive storage with external options. As it turns out, there are some clarifications for both machines. Updates from company representatives over the weekend resulted in new information for gamers that may have them considering how many games they can install at the same time.
The Xbox One comes with a 500GB hard drive. At E3, we learned that all games will require installation to the hard drive, and that the drive will not be something that gamers will be able to replace. Microsoft did say that people could expand the console’s storage via the USB 3.0 port using an external drive for game installs and other files. During a PAX Prime podacst Microsoft’s Major Nelson said that the ability to use external storage with the Xbox One will not be available at launch.
“The future plan is for definitely to support external storage much like we do on the Xbox 360. 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. I don’t know when it will come in though.”
Sony’s PlayStation 4 also comes with a 500GB internal drive and games will require installation. The storage capability of the PS4 can be expanded via an external drive, but new information from Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida clarifies that there are caveats. An external drive cannot be used to install games, making the addition of a USB thumbdrive a limited solution for gamers keen on a cheap storage option. Fortunately, gamers can change out the internal drive with any standard laptop hard drive, so there is a way to natively get more room for games.