Xbox One HDD (Hard Drive) - Providing Space for Your Gaming Needs

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 08:17 -- RLWaterman

As with all computer related components in recent years, there have been a lot of changes when it comes to storage space. Perhaps we notice this more than other technological advances due to the ever-expanding size of files that we wish to save and transfer on a daily basis. It’s not uncommon to find more storage space on a key-ring these days than many early computers were granted, even more perhaps than a basic entry level Xbox 360 would grant you these days at 4GB.

Hard drives have grown larger and come down substantially in price, and so it’s not really surprising to expect that the next generation of games consoles will ship with a reasonable amount of storage space. In fact, it’s going to be more important than ever to have access to a nice large hard drive as the Xbox One will be providing full HD graphics, making game downloads larger than ever before.

Microsoft’s announcement regarding the Xbox One let us know that the new console will come complete with a 500GB hard drive. Unlike previous Xbox consoles that have shipped with different options regarding storage for the console, it seems that there will just be one console available and it will come with that size hard drive.

Rumors circulating before the event seemed to suggest that Microsoft may be likely to adopt a policy enforcing us to install games before being able to actually play them on the Xbox One. This is a system that Sony is already using for a lot of recent titles on the PlayStation 3 and you can understand the logic behind it. Running a game straight from the hard drive undoubtedly grants us access to the full processing power that a console has to offer, stopping the process of having to read from a disk before allowing the game to proceed.

Whether or not this installation will be enforced within the Xbox remains to be seen, but at least we now know that we should have a big enough hard drive to cope should that be the case.

xbox one hard driveUnlike previous Xbox models however, the Xbox One’s 500GB hard drive is mechanical on-board storage, which means you can’t remove it, you can’t plug it into another console (without a reasonable amount of difficult) and you can’t upgrade it. Could that be a problem for the next Xbox? Are we likely to run out of storage space?

Detachable Hard Drives
Previous Xbox models have favored the idea of detachable hard drives, allowing users to upgrade their systems, or even take out their hard drives and plug them into another console with a minimal amount of hassle. It looks like this functionality has been removed from the Xbox One altogether with the inclusion of the 500GB on-board storage.

Solid State Storage
We’d have loved to see some nice solid state storage on the Xbox One but unfortunately that’s not to be included in this generation of gaming consoles. The extra speed offered with these drives could have helped games to load that bit quicker, but given that this is still an expensive technology it’s not really a surprise that the next console won’t feature it. Maybe next time!

Memory Cards / USB Storage
Old Xbox 360 consoles offered some external storage space in the form of memory cards, but these were soon phased out as USB became the more popular external storage solution. The Xbox One will feature three USB 3.0 ports, meaning that if you do start to run low on space with the 500GB hard drive you could always plug in an external hard drive to give yourself a bit more room.

Cloud Storage
Finally there’s also the possibility that an increase in cloud storage space will grant your Xbox One a bit more room. Xbox LIVE Gold subscribers currently have access to 512MB of cloud storage space through the Xbox 360, so chances are we’ll see this service continue to expand as cloud storage space becomes the norm in the computing world. Microsoft seems very keen to allow all of its devices, from computers to mobile phones to the Xbox One, to communicate seamlessly and cloud storage would certainly be a key solution in addressing this idea.

So there we have it. The 500GB to be incorporated into each Xbox One will certainly give us enough storage space to get started, and with the other options for expanding in the future we’re not concerned about having enough room for our games.

Article by - Rebecca Waterman
Insert Date: 05/21/2013

Update -- Xbox One to Ship with 500GB Hard Drive -- May 22, 2013
Following the announcement from Microsoft of the 21st of May, 2013, we can confirm that all Xbox One models will ship with 500GB of on-board storage. This hard drive can’t be removed as in previous Xbox consoles, but instead is built into the console itself. Time will tell if this level of storage is enough to suit our needs as the years go by, but 500GB should be more than enough to get us started with the Xbox One.

Update by - Rebecca Waterman
Insert Date: 05/22/2013

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