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Xbox One hard drive filled up at 362 gb used — report

Tuesday, 10 December 2013 15:41 GMT By Phil Owen

The Xbox One contains a 500gb hard drive, but of course that doesn’t mean you have full run of the entire capacity. Though the console doesn’t tell you how much space you’re using at any given time or what its limit is, IGN has done the math and concluded that you have access to 362-365 gb of space.

That would make for a significant cutoff — A Windows 7 PC with a 1tb HDD, for example, will let you use 931gb of its capacity, but the Xbox One interface and native apps apparently use much more than that. The reason for the range of sizes above, by the way, is the aforementioned lack of data management tools on Xbox One combined with how the thing they attempted to install that trigger the “you’re out of space” message was the 3gb Zoo Tycoon, and they didn’t have anything smaller left to try to install. Which means the true limit could be anywhere in there. And, yes, these are estimates based on listed file sizes, but it’s likely pretty close.

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30 Comments

  1. Rikki

    Man, that’s pretty lame. Shades of the 360 though, 20GB HDD only get 11GB…

    #1 1 year ago
  2. CycloneFox

    The whole video streaming stuff costs alot of space. The Vita for example will let you use up all of the space on the memory card, but as soon as you want to stream a youtube video with less than 40MB left, you want be able to watch it in HD.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. mistermogul

    MS’s software seems to be come in very large sizes.

    If I remember rightly their Surface tablet only gives you 23Gb out of 64Gb! lol

    #3 1 year ago
  4. Ilovesony

    Score one for sony!! I have a 1 TB Hard drive in my PS4 and I have 968GB free… That sucks that you Sockbox One Users out there are getting shafted… you paid 100 more than I did.. You cant swap out your harddrive.. and your system is already inferior… I dare anyone of you Sockbox fanboys to respond….

    #4 1 year ago
  5. DrDamn

    @4
    Pretty sure the 500GB drive on my PS4 had 409GB to start with. Not sure how you managed 968GB with a 1TB drive – was that before the OS was installed?

    #5 1 year ago
  6. monkeygourmet

    Sorry, but the X1 seems a bit of a shambles. I know you can add hard drives etc.. Wii U blah blah… But people have waited many years yet this machine seems poorly designed and at odds with itself…

    Even more of a problem considering it’s the ‘luxury’ choice at the moment. I hope STEAM machines bring it and show up ‘next gen’ for what it really is.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. Fin

    Yeah you guys don’t really know what yer talking about.

    HD manufacturers equate 1TB as 1,000,000,000 bytes. A megabytes is actually >1000 bytes (and a gigabyte > 1000 megabytes), so usable space on a 1TB HD is around 931GB. This isn’t to do with OS taking up space, it’s differing definitions of the size of a TB.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. monkeygourmet

    @7

    I felt the problem was more that it didn’t tell you how much space you were using?

    #8 1 year ago
  9. Rocketbilly

    @7 But the PS4 also has a 500GB HDD and it gives users 409GB of space. So clearly there is an issue of the OS or some other software taking up a lot more space on the XB1.

    #9 1 year ago
  10. DrDamn

    @7
    Nah we are talking about usable space. Formatting mechanism will use space and OS will use space. This is about how much you as a user can use for Games and stuff.

    #10 1 year ago
  11. Dragon

    @7,
    I haven’t seen the video, but I doubt that is the case. Almost every manufacturer uses 1000mb=1gb and so on ratio, essentially creating an industry norm. Nothing to do regarding this topic.

    But you are right, 1tb = 2^10gb or 1024gb, not 1000gb.

    #11 1 year ago
  12. MFBB

    #6 Steam box is a normal PC with a Linux operating system…there is nothing to “bring” :)

    If you put 1500€ in your Steam box its gonne max out all games for a while, if you put 600€ in your Steam box, it wont max out anything…

    As Valve said you can configure them yourself or buy pre configured once at selected retailers.

    To turn your current PC into a Steam box, get the free Steam OS when its released and buy a Steam controller.

    The big picture mode is great for TVs and the controller could be good if it works well, but anything else is just blaaaaah

    #12 1 year ago
  13. Dave Cook

    Yep the console doesn’t tell you how much hard drive space you have left. Total error in UI, systemic reporting basics.

    Yet, I can tell you it fills up so fast based on the mandatory installs I’ve had to do.

    PS4 is the same, but at least it tells you how much you have left to play with.

    Suddenly 500GB isn’t a whole lot. Roll on the 1TB consoles.

    #13 1 year ago
  14. Lloytron

    @7 Yep, a megabyte is definitely > 1000 bytes. Its 1048576 bytes, that’s way bigger! :D

    #14 1 year ago
  15. AmiralPatate

    Don’t confuse bits (b) with Bytes (B) which are almost like octets (o) (which are exactly 8 bits) but not really. Don’t confuse k/M/G/T/etc. which are SI prefixes for powers of 1000 and Ki/Mi/Gi/Ti which are SI prefixes for powers of 1024.
    If you take a 1TB hard drive (exactly as advertised by the way), it actually translates into roughly 951GiB (which is the same thing as 500GB for those not following). Your system will display it as “951GB” which is utterly false, hence the confusion.

    #15 1 year ago
  16. monkeygourmet

    @Dave or anyone really

    Can you see any reason from a technical standpoint why games can’t be run straight from the drive?

    The Bluray drives in both machines are faster than previous gen, I don’t understand why it’s not an option at all. Especially considering the 40 / 50 gig installs (more than a PC game in a lot of cases!) it’s not like anything has been so mind blowing graphically it couldn’t have been streamed or am I missing something?

    It all seems more to do with anti piracy measures? Although I’m prob wrong on this…

    #16 1 year ago
  17. pukem0n

    it seems more and more obvious that a new revision of the X1 is in the making and will come out sooner then we all think with swappable hard drives and all that

    #17 1 year ago
  18. DrDamn

    @16
    Even a 6x Bluray drive only has a max read speed of 27MB/s. A SATA II drive – even 2.5″ 5400RPM one will read at 300MB/s. Ten times quick, and that’s before you factor in seek speeds. When you have to fill up to 5GB of memory this really matters. Optical tech like BR just doesn’t cut it for anything but delivery mechanism.

    #18 1 year ago
  19. Erthazus

    Just like windows Vista.

    I remember when there was the latest Service pack it could be 200 GB with all updates.

    #19 1 year ago
  20. Ireland Michael

    This wouldn’t be half the problem it is if you could just replace the HDD.

    But you can’t. Because that would be sensible, and Microsoft has been full of baffling decisions lately. Whoever is at the wheel needs to get off.

    #20 1 year ago
  21. lookingglass

    500GB is too small for either console. Period.

    Luckily, you can switch out the PS4′s drive and in the near future XBO will support external drives via USB 3.0.

    It’s still insanely lame that they’ve cut costs on such a critical component. More convenient than critical though, so if they have to cut something…

    #21 1 year ago
  22. Johnnymaxx

    @21 is right, 500 is to small for these days. Specially when you consider buying only digital instead of discs as I am. Just Killzone alone took me more than 10% of the full storage space with his 50 GB or something like that.

    #22 1 year ago
  23. xxxGamesMasterxxx

    wow that’s messed up. It should be 470GB for real. Glad I never purchsed the Xbox One, Microsoft are such scamming bastards that only want you to spend more money on there peripherals.

    #23 1 year ago
  24. Moonwalker1982

    These guys already broke it down and came up with 391.9….I think they did it a better way.

    http://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Xbox One Teardown/19718

    #24 1 year ago
  25. Maguire82

    O wait I’ve solved it every one! Try un-installing one of the 20 other games to fit another one on. No need to buy a new HDD.

    There’s my money saving tip this Christmas!

    #25 1 year ago
  26. sebastien rivas

    Poorly designed, too many crap app?
    Hope x1 user have patience for updates

    #26 1 year ago
  27. Cobra951

    It doesn’t tell you how much free room you have? Seriously? When they upgrade the system software to be as good as the 360′s, let me know.

    Edit: Hard drive manufacturers routinely lie about capacity. A true 1-TB drive would hold 2^40 bytes. The calculator tells me that’s 1,099,511,627,776 bytes. But manufacturers will instead give you around 1 trillion bytes of capacity and call it 1 TB. So they’re shortchanging you about 98 GB. That’s quite a lot, but not nearly the percentage deficit with this XB1 drive.

    #27 1 year ago
  28. TheShoe

    hard drive manufacturers have used that measure for a long time now; it’s not much of a surprise to me – kind of like what manufacturers of monitors used to do by inaccurately reporting screen size by measuring corner to corner of the entire monitor instead of the actual viewable screen. i received a few shekels as part of a class action lawsuit way back when about monitor screen measurement (i recall playing the original Unreal at the time on my 3DFX card… good times)

    anyway – cool that the PS4 allows you to upgrade the hard drive. not sure why MS doesn’t do this as well.

    #28 1 year ago
  29. nollie4545

    No hard drive will ever give you the exact capacity of the drive as stated. Some is reserved and inaccessible in normal use. I don’t think owners of large hard drives will feel short changed if 30MB was missing they are cheap as chips.

    Also, many thanks for the laughs all the fan boys have given me, your back and forth comments about hard drive size or usable space amuse me greatly, given that both console sports a cheapshit mechanical drive which PC boys have a hard time getting excited about.

    #29 1 year ago
  30. manamana

    @20 agreed, Ballmer’s gone, nothing changed. Xbox brand costs a fortune and a half. Keen where it is heading.

    #30 1 year ago

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  • Source Engine 2 doesn’t have hidden costs or royalties – but is Steam exclusive

    Three major engines went free at GDC 2015, and each of them is monetising in a different way. There’s been a heck of a lot of discussion about development tools and the costs associated with them during GDC 2015. First Epic announced that Unreal Engine 4 would be free, bar royalities on successful releases. Then […]

  • Final Fantasy creator hates sequels

    Final Fantasy, a byword in prolific franchises, was created by a man who hates sequel. Final Fantasy games are famous for being reinvented with each core release, and it was not until series creator Hironobu Sakaguchi began to withdraw from the franchise after Final Fantasy 9 that we started seeing regular sequels and spin-offs. Speaking […]

  • Guardian complaints led to the closure of Destiny’s Loot Cave

    Destiny players are to blame for the shuttering of the much loved Loot Cave. Early in Destiny‘s history, many players got hugely excited about the “Loot Cave”. Accessible shortly after starting the game for the first time, this high-volume spawn point allowed players to stand in one place, taking out waves and waves of low-level […]

  • Xbox and PC games boss Phil Harrison to leave Microsoft – rumour

    Microsoft Interactive Entertainment Business VP and EMEA head of games Phil Harrison is rumoured to have thrown in the towel. Microsoft has not issued a statement on Harrison’s alleged departure, despite repeated questioning by press at GDC 2015. Instead, word comes via multiple sources speaking to GamesIndustry at the show. According to the rumours, Harrison […]

  • Metal Gear Online commentated trailer explains stuffed dog – but not invisibility

    Metal Gear Online developer Kojima Productions has provided significantly more insight into how the multiplayer side of The Phantom Pain works. Metal Gear Online is the online multiplayer component of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain. Konami hasn’t shared a great deal about it yet, but we did see a very cool Metal Gear […]

  • Elite: Dangerous Xbox One trailer shows off space MMO

    If Elite: Dangerous looks this good on Xbox One we have nothing to complain about. Microsoft revealed Elite: Dangerous is coming to Xbox One this year during its GDC presentations today. We don’t know very much about the port, but I suppose we ought to have expected it; Frontier Developments has a very close relationship […]

  • Battletoads to appear in Shovel Knight Xbox One

    A Battletoads remake must be on the horizon. Right? Right?? The Battletoads will appear in the upcoming Xbox One version of Shovel Knight, Yacht Club Games revealed today. The Battletoads drop in for a fight! Shovel Knight is headed to Xbox One and meets up with @RareLtd brawling trio! pic.twitter.com/OCQIuWbH3W — Yacht Club Games (@YachtClubGames) […]

  • The Division pre-alpha footage leaks, Ubisoft says it’s well out of date

    The Division fans finally got a look at Ubisoft’s MMO this week, but the publisher has said the footage is not in any way representative. Pre-alpha footage of the The Division was leaked this week, but has since been thoroughly smacked down by takedown notices. All that remains are a few screenshots and a GIF: […]

  • Microsoft HoloLens designer killed in hit and run accident

    Very sad news out of Redmond this week, as Mike Ey was killed in a tragic accident. Ey, 30, was one of the key project designers on Microsoft’s HoloLens AR headset. He was killed on Saturday morning in a rear-end collision. The driver of the second vehicle fled the scene but was tracked down by […]

  • AMD throws support behind VR with new low-latency anti-nausea tech

    GPU manufacturer AMD has released a new SDK compatible with “a broad set of VR devices”. Called LiquidVR, the tech is designed to “bring better content, comfort, and compatibility to VR applications” including games, simulation, entertainment, education, social media, travel, medicine, real estate and ecommerce, apparently. AMD said maintaining comfort and realism in VR environments […]

  • Danganronpa 3 in the works, but a long way off yet

    A new Danganronpa is happening. Danganronpa 3 is in the very, very early production stages, writer Kodaka Kazutaka has confirmed. Nothing about the project is “set in stone”, Kazutaka told Polygon, so there are no details to share yet; the characters and story may change several times before being finalised. The writer said he’s weighing […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare MLG Pro League 2015 schedule announced

    Major League Gaming has announced the full schedule for the 2015 Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare MLG Pro League. The eSpots firm revealed two more seasons of Pro League, a live Relegation tournament for Season Three, and a season ending World Championship with $250,000 up for grabs You can watch all the action on MLG.tv […]

  • Happy Birthday PlayStation 2, you are almost old enough to drive

    Amidst all the GDC 2015 hoopla today, we forgot to wish PlayStation 2 a Happy Birthday. The system turned 15 years old today, going by its March 4, 2000 launch date in Japan. It was released in the west that autumn, and had shipped 100 million units in less than six years post launch. PS2 […]

  • Here’s what the final version of Valve’s Steam Controller looks like

    A look at the updated Steam Controller has surfaced via a hands-on post from Polygon. Valve said what you see in the images below is the final version of the controller. The controller has gone through numerous revisions since it was first revealed, but it seems Valve has decided on two touch pads which work […]

  • The Sims, SimCity developer closed down

    The Sims 4 developer Maxis has been shuttered, EA has confirmed. The Sims, SimCity and the rest of the Sim franchise has traditionally been helmed by Maxis, which had its flagship studio in Emeryville, California. Now EA has confirmed with Kotaku that this studio is being closed. “Today we are consolidating Maxis IP development to […]

  • Gigantic MOBA coming to Windows 10 and Xbox One with cross-play

    Today during GDC 2015, Microsoft announced that the new IP from Motiga called Gigantic will be cross-play enabled. Slated for Windows 10 and Xbox One, the five-on-five third-person battle arena game allows the player to select from an array of heroes with distinctive powers and play styles. Players will then make their way through areas […]

  • Here’s a look at Unreal Tournament DirectX 12 gameplay

    Epic Games is creating Unreal Tournament using Unreal Engine 4 running on DirectX 12, which Microsoft says “sets a new bar for visual fidelity.” DirectX 12 is a single API developers can access across Windows devices, which can result in a 20% improvement in performance over DX11 running on the same machine. The Unreal Tournament […]

  • Wireless adapter for Xbox One controllers out later this year

    Microsoft announced at GDC 2015 today it will that all wireless Xbox gaming accessories will be designed for and supported on both Xbox One consoles and Windows 10 PCs moving forward. Later this year, a wireless adapter will be released, allowing current Xbox controllers and future devices to be used wirelessly on PCs. This will […]

  • Microsoft offers up more details on Spencer’s GDC 2015 talk

    Microsoft has provided more details on Cross-Buy functionality between Windows 10 and Xbox One as well as the Xbox Live SKU and other announcements made during Phil Spencer’s talk today. During the session, the head of Xbox shared “the next step” in the company’s plans for a unified platform across all Windows 10 devices which […]

  • Wasteland 2 is coming to PlayStation 4 this summer

    Wasteland 2 is coming to PlayStation 4 as a Game of the Year Edition. inXile Entertainment announced the news on the PS Blog, noting the edition contains enhancements and improvements. The game has been ported to Unity 5, which was announced over the weekend, providing upgraded visual effects, “improved character models, upgraded environments, and Unity […]

  • Cross-Buy detailed for Windows 10 and Xbox One; Elite: Dangerous coming to Xbox One

    During Xbox boss Phil Spencer’s session at GDC 2015 today, it was announced Elite: Dangerous would release on Xbox One. Spencer also outlined cross-buy functionality across Windows 10 and Xbox One. Spencer’s talk started off with Frontier Developments announcing Elite: Dangerous for release this summer as a console debut on Xbox One, suggesting the Elite: […]

  • Longbeards Culture Pack available now for Total War: Attila

    The Longbeards Culture Pack is now available for Total War: Attila and it comes with three new playable factions. The Langobards, the Burgundians and the Alamans can be played in both single and multiplayer campaign modes as well as custom and multiplayer battles. A new feature called The Lay of Ybor is also included. It […]

  • Nvidia unveils Titan X as world’s “most advanced GPU” – video

    Nvidia revealed Titan X as “the world’s most advanced GPU” during Epic founder Tim Sweeney’s State of Unreal session a t GDC 2015 today. Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang took the stage during the panel stating it contains “8 billion transistors,” and has 12GB of RAM. Pricing wasn’t announced, but it was rumored back in January […]

  • Steam sale discounts titles announced for SteamOS

    With many of the year’s most popular games heading to SteamOS, Valve has decided to host sale in celebration. Here’s a short list of titles on sale. The full list of PC, Linux, Mac and SteamOS discounts can be found through the link. The Banner Saga Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Batman: Arkham […]

  • PayDay 2 announced for SteamOS, celebrating with franchise sale

    PayDay 2 is coming to SteamOS, Overkill has announced. Still under development, a release date will be announced at a later date. “Making sure PAYDAY 2 is available on SteamOS felt like a no-brainer,” said Bo Andersson Klint, CEO of Starbreeze in the press release. “With PAYDAY 2: Crimewave Edition coming to the next generation […]

  • Magicka 2 has a release date and a crazy new trailer

    Magicka 2 has a release date for PC and the PlayStation 4, and Paradox Interactive has released a trailer featuring “Vlad’s latest lyrical triumph,” which is his rendition of the Game of Thrones theme. Magicka arrived on PC and PS4 May 26 and the game can be pre-ordered on PC beginning today, with PS4 pre-orders […]

  • Nintendo eShop schedule: Don’t Starve: Giant Edition, Never Alone, others

    Nintendo has sent over a list of titles heading to the eShop in 2015. The schedule contains titles such as Affordable Space Adventures, Runbow, Swords & Soldiers 2, Don’t Starve: Giant Edition, Never Alone and Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars. Below a preliminary list of games scheduled to launch in the Nintendo eShop on […]

  • Week 8: Can you win the weekly VG247 GTA Online playlist? Play tonight at 8pm UK time!

    We’re hotdogging tonight. I don’t even know what that means. Eight weeks of ridiculous death. Such a brave, true milestone. We’re going to celebrate two entire months of playing weekly GTA Online playlists with VG247 readers with Hotdogging, a set of six jobs I named completely at random. This one ends with a straight-up border […]

  • Puzzle platformer Four Sided Fantasy coming to PC, consoles in early 2016

    Curve Digital and developer Logan Fieth’s studio Ludo Land are bringing puzzle platformer, Four Sided Fantasy, to PC all major consoles in early 2016. Ludo Land are developing the PC version, with Curve Digital handling the console and Vita versions. Four Sided Fantasy tasks players with venturing across “dreamlike levels” by controlling and manipulating the […]

  • Tropico 5 arrives on PS4 in April – video

    A release date for Tropico 5 on PlayStation 4 has been announced. This is the franchise’s first foray onto PlayStation consoles. It arrived in Europe on April 24 and in North America on April 28. A Limited Edition has also been announced, and it includes The Big Cheese DLC and the Bayo Del Olfato sandbox […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Limited Edition PS4 releasing in Asia

    A limited edition Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain PlayStation 4 system will be released in Asia. The system and its DualShock controller were designed in collaboration with Konami Digital Entertainment and targeted for the Asia region, per Gematsu. It will be released as part of PS4 Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain […]

  • This video shows Sid Meier’s Starships being played on iPad

    Sid Meier’s Starships will be released on iPad alongside Mac and PC, and to give you an idea on how it plays on the tablet, a new video has been released. Watch below as Pete Murray and lead producer Stuart Zissu show off the iPad version. The 4X space-strategy releases on March 12.

  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood announced as standalone prequel to Wolfenstein: The New Order

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, a standalone prequel to The New Order, will release May 5 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. The game takes pace in 1946, and and players take on the role of B.J. Blazkowicz as he embarks on a two-part mission in Bavaria. Part one, Rudi Jäger and the Den of Wolves, […]

  • Observer Mode coming soon to Evolve as a free update

    Observer Mode will be released for Evolve as a free update for all platforms, 2K and Turtle Rock have announced. The community feature was designed to give Evolve players the ability to observe and add commentary as well as livestream, allowing a sixth user to “passively enter a custom game” with the ability to switch […]

  • Dragon Quest Heroes and PS4 top Media Create charts in Japan

    The PlayStation 3 and PS4 skus for Dragon Quest Heroes were the top sellers on the Media Create charts in Japan, moving a combined 594,749 units. Elsewhere on the chart, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D was in third place with 39,751 units moved, and last week’s top seller, God Eater 2: Rage Burst, […]