The Xbox One won't support external storage at launch, and it's unclear when it will, going by the comments of Microsoft's Larry 'Major Nelson' Hyrb. In a Q&A session during his PAX podcast
, Hyrb said his understanding is the feature "will not be there at launch because the team is working on some other things, but it definitely is on the list." He added that he doesn't know when it will be added. We've reached out to Microsoft for clarification.
As Microsoft Senior Director of Product Planning Albert Penello told our pals at Engadget back in May
, the Xbox One is expected to support external storage devices via the system's three USB ports. According to Penello, those devices will be able to store the same things the system's integrated 500GB HDD can, including game installs and downloaded software.
The Xbox One launches in 13 markets this November.