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May 22, 2014

Why the Xbox One will get a whole lot better this summer

The next system update will include Xbox fan’s two of your most-requested features.

By Duncan Macrae

Microsoft has revealed plans to update the Xbox One in June, giving it ‘real names’ and external storage support.

The Xbox One system, originally released last year, will soon support up to two external hard drives at once – just plug in a 256GB or larger USB 3.0 external hard drive and, once formatted, games, apps and game add-ons can be copied and moved to increase your storage capacity.

With Xbox One you can have 1,000 friends and infinite followers, but as these lists grow it can become increasingly more difficult to remember the people you know by their gamertag alone. Now, with the real names feature this update will bring, users can recognise people on their friends list and more easily discover people they already know who are on Xbox Live.

Real names and external storage support are just the beginning for the summer refresh, the company stated. With this update, Xbox Live is being improved in a number of ways.

The update includes new SmartGlass features, including OneGuide and Universal Remote Control. Xbox One owners in Europe and Canada can also get access to OneGuide and more TV, SmartGlass and voice features.

A statement on the company’s website read: "After getting great feedback from our SmartGlass beta, we’re thrilled to be bringing the entire OneGuide experience and Universal Remote Control to SmartGlass. Now in supported markets you can view all of your TV listings on your SmartGlass device and set and view your favourite channels and app channels on your smart phone, tablet or PC."

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With the Universal Remote Control, you can also easily switch channels, set new recordings and select and control recorded content from your DVR.

The statement continued: "Since our launch of Xbox One last year, we’ve been hard at work to continue making Xbox One the best destination for all your gaming and entertainment experiences.

"Because of the way we’ve designed the Xbox One platform, we’ve been able to continually improve the product for you with a more regular cadence of system and app updates. Your feedback for what you want most has been our guiding light for these updates, and will continue to be as we work to bring the fan-favourite features you want most."

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