Alright, Xbox One fans. It’s update time for Microsoft’s next-gen console, and the company has taken to its blog to spill the beans on all the new features that are scheduled to arrive as part of the Xbox One’s June system update.
Microsoft did not reveal a firm launch date. The update is littered with tweaks and changes to the underlying Xbox One experience and the look and feel of its user interface, but the core of the update centers on three big changes.
First up, the June update will officially “unlock” a number of the Xbox One’s streaming apps to all. You will no longer have to be an Xbox Live Gold member to access services like Netflix, Hulu, and other streaming apps on the console. If you purchased an Xbox Live Gold subscription just to be able to stream content to your console, Microsoft will allow you to apply for a pro-rated refund. The website for doing so should be online once the June system update goes live
The second major component of the June system update finally gives gamers the option to attach external storage to their Xbox One consoles, a feature omitted (but promised) at the Xbox One’s November launch last year. There are, however, a few caveats regarding the kinds of devices one can plug into one’s console. For starters, the external storage must be at least 256GB in size (or larger) in order to work. You can plug in two at a time, but they’ll have to be USB 3.0-compatible drives — and you’ll have to format them for use with the Xbox One .
“This is also a great way to take your content to a friend’s house and get straight into a game directly from an external drive. You’ll need to sign in to Xbox Live if you’ve purchased your content digitally or insert a disc to verify your game ownership when you take your content on the road. The great benefit here is there’s no need to wait to re-download your game and all the DLC. With external storage support in June, you can also choose to copy full games and all of the associated content in one easy step,” reads Microsoft’s blog post.
Finally, Microsoft’s system update also gives gamers the longed-for ability to share their real names alongside their Xbox Live gamertags, a feature built into the rival PlayStation 4 when it launched in November. Now, it will be a bit easier to remember that “MastaChief81243” is your friend Jimmy, and not Billy, who is himself “MasterChief34218.”