The Xbox One console comes with a large 500gb internal hard drive, but it cannot be replaced.
Back in May when the console was first unveiled, Microsoft said that players would be allowed to use the console’s 3.0 USB port for external storage and would be allowed to use that for game installs and downloads.
Sadly, as confirmed by Microsoft, at launch this feature will not be supported. According to Microsoft’s Larry “Major Nelson” Hyrb, there are future plans to support external storage much like it was done with the Xbox 360. He continues on in a podcast conducted at PAX over the weekend that his understanding is that the feature will not be at launch because the Microsoft team is working on other things, but the external storage ability is still on the list, but he is unsure of when it will come in.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the console wars, Sony had also confirmed that players will not be able to use an external hard drive to install any Playstation 4 games.
When asked by a follower on Twitter regarding the chance of using an external hard drive to install Playstation 4 games, Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida simply replied with, “No.”
Just like the Xbox One, the Playstation 4 will come with a large 500gb hard drive, but unlike the Xbox One’s irreplaceable hard drive, the hard drive for the Playstation 4 is in fact replaceable.