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Xbox One SkyDrive integration explained (video)

by Mark Tyson on 12 November 2013, 11:00

Tags: Xbox

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Microsoft has revealed how the Xbox One console and SkyDrive cloud storage service are integrated. Using your Xbox One you will be able to enjoy viewing all the photos and videos in your personal SkyDrive collection or those shared with you by others.

“Xbox: Go to SkyDrive.”

On the Xbox Blog, Dan Somrack, Program Manager for SkyDrive, writes that “Starting on November 22, when the new console becomes available, SkyDrive on Xbox One will provide a seamless, beautiful experience for you to kick back and enjoy photos and videos in your own personal collection, or those shared with you.” You will be able to control your access to SkyDrive quickly and intuitively using voice and gestures – thanks to Kinect.

Somrack talks through three ‘experiences’ that work great with SkyDrive and the new Xbox; making slide shows from your photo archives on SkyDrive, easily sharing photos and videos with friends and relatives and thirdly ‘Snap and see’ with auto uploads from Windows Phone to SkyDrive.

Your photos and camera roll will be available as channels from inside the Xbox OneGuide which is also the home to live TV and on-demand streaming. Somrack also explained his favourite way of enjoying his photo library is with Xbox Music snapped to the side providing a soundtrack.

Xbox One All-in-One Demo

Just in case you missed it this weekend, embedded below is an ‘all-in-one’ demo of using the Xbox One dashboard used in real time, as demonstrated by Microsoft’s Yusuf Mehdi and Marc Whitten.

Xbox One launch title install sizes

So the Xbox One comes with a 500GB hard-drive pre-installed. You might be curious to know how many games you can fit on there. Luckily Xbox One magazine has published a list of launch titles and their install sizes yesterday.

  • Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag, 20GB (PS4 = 20GB)
  • Battlefield 4, 33GB (PS4 = 40GB)
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts, 39GB (PS4 = 49GB)
  • Dead Rising 3, 19GB
  • FIFA 14, 8GB
  • Fighter Within, 9.2GB
  • Forza Motorsport 5, 31GB
  • Just Dance 2014, 22GB
  • Killer Instinct, 3.4GB
  • Lococyle, 13GB
  • Madden NFL 25, 12GB
  • NBA 2K14, 43GB (PS4 = 50GB)
  • NBA Live 14, 9GB
  • Powerstar Golf, 3.9GB
  • Ryse: Son of Rome, 34GB
  • Skylanders: Swap Force, 15GB
  • Xbox Fitness,246MB
  • Zoo Tycoon, 2.6GB
  • Zumba World Party, 24GB

You can see from the above list that games take between 246MB and 43GB of your storage space. I have added the PS4 game install sizes to the above list from here. It looks like PS4 games are, in general, considerably bigger - what conclusions can we draw from that, if any?

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Well, each to his own, I guess, but personally, there are no circumstances under which I am putting my photos on SkyDrive, or any other cloud storage for that matter. And when I want to view photos on my TV, I can pick them up from memory stick, USB drive or network drive, and I don't need any help from Skydrive, or XBox to do it.

I'm sure there are lots of people that do use Skydrive for their photos, but for me, hell will freeze over first.
The difference in installation sizes might indicate better and bigger textures for PS4.
Don't care. Bring on the Steam box :D
I do use SkyDrive myself via Windows Phone, PC etc, so it doesn't hurt having it on XBox One. On the HD front, no rumours of MS bringing out a 1TB version of the XBO yet and charging a bit extra for it, since the HD can't be upgraded.
Hmm.. I'm beginning to wonder if MS are formulating a drastic contingency plan in the event of XBO sales being horrifically bad, which does look like a distinct possibility. Might we see a version 2 XBO? Not just a slim edition with a larger HD, but a system with an upgraded gpu(backwards compatible with XBO v1) for example.
Obviously this going to be unlikely due to cost and the massive PR hit MS will get again, but I doubt MS are going to take Sony's PS4 success lying down and maybe a massive U-turn could be on the cards again??
This is just speculation on my behalf though and maybe I'm just reading into negative space too much. Maybe I can't believe that MS are relying on Jonathan Ross to help the situation lol.
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since the HD can't be upgraded.

I believe they will be adding external storage options later down the line, from what's been shown some of the games can be up to a 43 GB install, ouch. Lucky for us PC folk, we don't really have an issue with these things, though I will feel sorry for the people who constantly have to delete games, only to reinstall to play DLC/ replay in general…