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PS4 Vs Xbox One external storage with Microsoft blow

The PS4 and Xbox One next-gen consoles are going to be shipping with a 500GB hard drive, ensuring that there’s plenty of space for users to utilize for their personal media needs. However, we have some important news for those looking to expand upon this with the Xbox One specifically.

We already knew that the 500GB hard drive in the Xbox One could not be removed, but now we have a bigger blow to tell you about. Microsoft has now revealed, with just weeks to go until launch that the system won’t support external storage on day one.

It essentially means that the 500GB will only be your primary method of storage on the console, with Microsoft stating that external storage will be added to the system at a later date – due to the team focusing on ‘other areas’ at the moment.

This is different to the situation on PS4, with Sony making it clear that their own 500GB hard drive can be removed and upgraded to say a 1TB drive if users desire it.

Just take it slow..
Just take it slow..

Some may think this is a non-issue with 500GB being a lot of space to get through, but the key area for us is whether Microsoft can add external storage before users start to get close to the 500GB threshold.

If they do it will obviously be no problem, but those intending to store a lot of movies on that 500GB drive may raise one or two eyebrows over this.

How do you intend to use your 500GB on the Xbox One? Do you have a strong need for external storage or not?

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Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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