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June update for Xbox One includes free games, new apps, external storage

Microsoft released June’s update for Xbox One and it is a big one. The update includes: Games with Gold Program, external storage, the option to use real names, Smartglass app for mobile devices, and plethora of new apps for Xbox One.

The Games with Gold Program arrives to the Xbox One with “Halo: Spartan Assault,” and “Max: The Curse of Brotherhood.” Both games are available now and can be found in the Games section.

External storage has finally arrived for the Xbox One. The Xbox One can support up to two external storage devices. The hard drives must be at least 256 gigs and have a 3.0 USB. Users must format the hard drive and can also select it to become the default storage device.

The option to use real names is now available for Xbox Gold users. Players now have the option to display their real names display or continue displaying the gamertag.

The Smartglass app also received an update. A few of the changes to the Smartglass app include the ability to control the pinned apps, universal remote, and Twitch notifications. Now Twitch users will be able to notify their friends anytime they broadcast. These broadcasts will be available to watch through the Smartglass app.

Finally, Microsoft has removed the paywall for apps such as Netflix and Hulu Plus. Hulu will be offering a three-month free subscription to first-time users. Also, Xbox will be rolling out apps throughout the next few months. Gamers can expect HBO GO sometime this year. Xbox Wire has a full list of the upcoming apps.  Check out the tutorial  below from Larry Hryb, Microsoft’s Major Nelson, for all the information regarding the new update.


Sources: Xbox Wire and Major Nelson

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