Many have been concerned about the lack of USB support for the Xbox One. Previously you could plug in a loaded up USB full of videos and watch them through your Xbox 360.
Whilst it is still unknown how long it will be before Microsoft allow USB dongles and other devices to connect to the Xbox One we have found a simple but potentially time consuming work around that many seem to have missed.
SkyDrive allows you to upload files via your internet browser and watch them on your Xbox One.
Upload times will vary according to your bandwidth restrictions but if you set them up at night to upload they will be ready for the next day.
Easy to remove again via your browser and buffers within seconds (again bandwidth dependent) and with a general 7 gig limit which is expandable for as little as £15 for a whole year and an extra 50 gig of data this is a simple solution for your personal video needs.
Below we have provided the information from Microsoft support on how to setup and use SkyDrive on your Xbox One.
Download the SkyDrive app
To download the SkyDrive app, follow these steps:
- On your console, sign in with your Xbox Live gamertag. (Xbox Live Gold Membership is required.)
- Select Store and then select Browse Apps.
- Browse for SkyDrive.
- Select SkyDrive to download and install the app.
- Do one of the following:
- Sign by using your SkyDrive username and password.
- Create a free SkyDrive account by selecting the tile in the lower-right corner.
- Once you are signed in, you can browse through the catalog and view details about the available content.
To start SkyDrive later, select My Apps and games, and then select SkyDrive.
To upload files on SkyDrive
Now you need to have the files uploaded into your Sky Drive
So head over to SkyDrive and login with your Xbox.com credentials. (otherwise you wont be able to see the files on your Xbox One)
Depending on the web browser you use, you can upload files up to 2 GB in size.
On average 7GB seems to be the usual storage capacity available to you. but this can be upgraded
- To add files to a folder, open that folder.
- Tap or click Upload.
- You might be prompted to install Microsoft Silverlight. After you install it, you can:Drag your files into the Drop files here area, staying on the page until they finish uploading, and you’re done.
Tap or click select them from your computer.
- Pick the files you want to upload, and then tap or click Open.
Viewing the files on your Xbox One
- Select My Apps and games, and then SkyDrive. Note The first time you start the SkyDrive app, you will be prompted to enter the password to the Microsoft account that is associated with your gamertag and Xbox Live account.
Note The default setting is keep me signed in. If you do not uncheck this box, the app is activated, and you will not be prompted to sign in again.
- From the Photos and Video hub, you can access any of the photo or video folders you have stored on your SkyDrive. (videos may take a few seconds to buffer)
- shared – This hub lets you access the folders that were shared with you by other users of SkyDrive. For example, your mom goes on vacation and then posts all of her pictures to her SkyDrive. She then shares access to that folder with you, so that you can view, copy, and print the pictures. That folder will show up on this hub on your Xbox.
- Select something to watch, and then do one of the following:
- Press A to select the item.
Multiple account suggestions
To view the photos and videos on your SkyDrive from your Xbox, you need to use the same Microsoft account for SkyDrive and Xbox. We recommend having only one account per person so that all your content, contacts, security info, and billing info is in one place. You have a couple options:
- Move your Xbox gamertag to the Microsoft account that you use for SkyDrive. For information about how to do this, see the “Can I switch my gamertag to a different Microsoft account?” section of the Questions about a Microsoft account or a gamertag page.
- Move your SkyDrive content to the Microsoft account that is connected to your Xbox. The fastest way to do this is by using the SkyDrive desktop app to unlink your account.Note You must be using a Windows 8-based computer or a Windows RT-based computer to download and install the SkyDrive desktop application.
To move your SkyDrive content to the Microsoft account that is connected to your Xbox, follow these steps:
Note If you sign in to a Windows 8-based computer using a Microsoft account, you can’t unlink the Microsoft account using that computer.
- Unlink the account that you use with SkyDrive. To do this, right-click the SkyDrive icon in the notification area at the far right of the taskbar and click Settings. Then, on the Settings tab, click Unlink SkyDrive.
- After you unlink your account, move the SkyDrive folder on your computer to a different file system location.
- Restart SkyDrive and sign in with the account you use with your Xbox. You’ll need to select the location for your SkyDrive folder again.
- Copy the content from the SkyDrive folder you moved to the new SkyDrive folder that was created.
We hope in the coming weeks and months that Microsoft will enable USB storage devices, I mean why do we have loads of USB ports and nothing to plug into them? We will keep you updated as we hear more but for now we hope the family can sit down together again and enjoy content together.