Xbox One comes with automatic storage management, says Microsoft
Xbox One owners are in for a surprise, which some people might view this as negative, and others might see this as a positive thing. Apparently, the Xbox One will not have a detailed storage management utility on the console.
Eurogamer have posted a review, stating:
With Forza 5 and Ryse installed to the hard drive … our concern now is all about storage management … there is no storage overview to tell you how much hard drive space remains or allow you to delete items in one centralized location. There also appears to be no direct access to save games.”
Now, don’t get worried, Microsoft does have an explanation. Neowin contacted Microsoft and Microsoft replied:
Xbox One was designed to make storage management automatic. For saved games, settings, and other information that Xbox One customers save to the cloud, space is virtually unlimited. On the internal hard drive in each Xbox One, games and apps can be uninstalled or reinstalled instantly with the click of the Xbox One menu button. Saved games and settings information is retrieved from the cloud for any game as its being reinstalled. By being smart about how storage is managed, Xbox One keeps everyone playing, watching, and sharing their entertainment content rather than worry about limitations. You can also see how much storage any app uses by pressing the menu button on that app.
Having no storage management utility can have its pros and cons. For example, a pro would be that everything is in the cloud, so you don’t really need to delete temporary files. Another pro is that you can access all your data on any other console thanks to the cloud, so if you have two Xbox One consoles, you can seamlessly continue any task you were doing on one console from the other console.
However, having no storage management utility can also have its cons. One would be that if you buy too many games, you won’t be able to install any more games unless you delete other games off your hard drive. This also becomes worse since external storage support is not available yet, although Microsoft has stated that this feature is coming in the near future. For now, users will have to be careful on how much data they store on their Xbox One console.
With reading all these positive and negative news about the next generation console, does it make you want to get one? Do you think the pros of Xbox One outweigh the cons? Why or why not? Share your opinion in the comment section below.Further reading: Eurogamer, Microsoft, Xbox One