It was recently reported that the next dashboard update for Xbox One adds the much-needed external HDD support since the console’s in-built 500GB HDD would fast run out of space if you were to own nearly every Xbox One game on the market right now!
It couldn’t be easier to increase your storage capacity of games and apps with the external storage support features we’re bringing in June. Your Xbox One system will soon support up to two external hard drives at once. Simply plug in your 256 GB or larger USB 3.0 external hard drive and once formatted, copy and move games, apps and game add-ons to increase your storage capacity at home.
Beta tester’s have been reporting that the use of external HDD’s on the Xbox One improves loading times for games:
I am one of the Beta testers for the June Xbox One update that add’s the ability to use up to 2 External Hard Drives. I am using a Seagate 4tb Self Powered Hard Drive…
Our set up is as follows: In our Living room Xbox One, Digital version of Ryse: Son of Rome installed on the internal HDD. In our gaming room we have another Xbox One, Digital version of Ryse: Son of Rome installed on the new external HDD.
For the game, I am using the beginning of Chapter 4 titled “Trial by Fire”.
Trial by Fire Load time using Internal HDD : 1.01.55 (one minute, 1.55 seconds)
Trial by Fire Load time using External HDD: 44.49 seconds…
Microsoft hasn’t officially confirmed the improvements to loading times, but it seems that times vary per game and per external drive.