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Thursday, 05 June 2014 06:55

External storage support comes in latest update

Written by David Stellmack

First Games with Gold titles hit the Xbox One

The latest system update from Microsoft for the Xbox One finally delivers on the promise of external storage support. The update is available for download right away and will let users plug in external USB 3.0 hard drives to install games on as well as additional content.

Consoles can support up to 16TB worth of external USB 3.0 storage. Initial testing indicates that installing games and content to high performance USB 3.0 external hard drives running at 7200 RPM can greatly improve load times of some games. Forza Motorsport 5 and Dead Rising 3 seem to be at least two games that greatly benefit for the use of high performance external USB 3.0 7200 RPM hard drives. Word is that the performance improvement on these two titles with the right external hard drive can be as much as 33% increase over the standard internal Xbox One hard drive.

In addition to the support for external hard drives, Games with Gold has now come to the Xbox One. For a limited time Xbox One owners can download Max: The Curse of Brotherhood and Halo: Spartan Assault for free. While the two games will be free for Xbox One owners that have a Xbox Live Gold membership for a limited time. Microsoft has not been clear on what exactly a Limited Time means, so we would step on it and download them before they return back to the regular sale price.

David Stellmack

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