Xbox One: External HDD Load Times Comparison Show Close To 50% Improvement

Xbox One’s latest firmware update allows us to use an external storage device with the console and its storage needs. This opens potential for higher speed drives and the improvements that they can bring to the table. So what happens if we use a higher speed external drive for our gaming needs instead of the internal one?

Thanks to reddit user brain_chaos, we have a much better idea of what to expect from the move to a better speed external drive. Check out the comparison between new and old load times below.

Game Internal HDD External HDD
Watch Dogs 84 secs 63 secs
Ryse 47 secs 24 secs
Forza 5 51 secs 22 secs

The above table shows noticeable improvement in load times. In case you are curious on what hard disk was used for this speed test, it was Touro Mobile Pro 1TB 7,200 RPM SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive, which is obviously faster than the internal hard disk.

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External Hard Disk load times were already proven to be better but with this new comparison, the difference can be clearly noticed, and in more games as well. If you are still on the fence, this new comparison might make you take the plunge.

Have you noticed any improved load times by using external hard disk? Let us know in the comments below.

  • Fed Up

    I come here to find out about load times and more info on external hdds for Xbox one and all I see in the comments are ppl having a console war! Gear nuke block those comments ! They’re not helping !

  • You are flat out wrong

    Oh look, Xbots are here damage controlling. What a shock.

    • 808chi

      Agree. Ponies cry too much I know several people with that so called gaming console and its just collecting dust, no games

  • Runn

    There is nothing wrong with the Xbox One. What’s wrong, is people who choose to be biased and choose sides. And before you take say I take sides, I play on a PC, Xbox 360, PS3, Gamecube, Wii and N64. I most recently purchased a Xbox One and still have PS4 and Wii U on my list to purchase. And yes, they all have great games.

    • andy

      No Dreamcast love? 🙁

      • Runn

        Well. I really liked Sega. I never got around to the Dreamcast. About time I wanted to by one, PS1 had stolen it’s steam.

    • Wow, didn’t even own the Pippin. How can you call yourself unbiased if you didn’t even own the best console?

      0/10 credibility.

      • Runn

        Why, because I haven’t bought it yet. That makes me biased?

      • Digiadam

        Wtf is a Pippin?

    • brianc6234

      Everything is wrong with the Xbone. It’s a piece of crap. They did a horrible job designing it. Just look at all the flip flopping they did. Not a good console.

      • Runn

        Thanks for your opinion.

      • Nick Peck

        How about that ps4, can’t play cd’s, mp3’s, need a firmware update to allow it’s own wireless headsets to work with it… yahhhh…. The latest firmware is mostly for stability to keep games from crashing out. The UI is one long left to right mess, the menus are almost as annoying as the ps3’s. Games can’t run at a full 1080p/60fps (i could care less, but people seem to think it’s a big deal).

        Sony’s updates haven’t done much other than give a sharing studio for dvr stuff. Funny how they haven’t fixed their dvr yet to actually work better, it’s functional but that’s about it. Funny how sony went backwards as well, not to mention all of the games they promised and they are able to muster only 3 first party games so far?? Seems like they both weren’t really ready but like it matters, play what you have fun with playing. I have both and still prefer the XBO for pretty much everything but that’s just me.

      • Digiadam

        You are a perfect example of what Runn said. A closed minded, foolish person. I have all three console and the xb1 is a great console, so is the ps4 ( although I think the ps4 is fugly personally but it’s all about the games really ) and the WiiU.

        Once you learn how to get your head out of your ass and to be more open minded…….then respond.

    • Toast

      buy a fudging PC already, you are just a wannabee buying a console at this point in history.

  • You are flat out wrong

    Internals of the Xbone must be garbage if this is going on. Dat Microsoft hardware engineering!

    • DLConspiracy//

      Same drive specs as the ps4 smart guy.

      • You are flat out wrong

        And yet horrifically slower load times to which it makes more sense to install your games on an external HDD.

        Wanna riddle me that, smart guy?

        • DLConspiracy//

          Disc to install times? Not sure. Different pre load play options? They are different companies still. Why does it take longer to download a game from PS vs Xbox online?

          • Dameon Percival

            The difference is the Xone installs the full game from the disc you can literally install a game and purchase the license for xone games but on the PS 4 it install some files and that is why the disk is allays spinning, I have done this with both consoles that is what causes the difference in Disk to install times the load times are the same for all games.

          • DLConspiracy//

            Thanks actually what I assumed. Makes sense.

          • You are flat out wrong

            I refer to load times while playing a game. PS4 games load faster than Xbone games, sometimes taking half the time. Sorry.

        • N2K12

          Same hard drive same load times. Ps4 is not faster

          • You are flat out wrong

            Actually PS4 load times and installing on the internals is vastly faster than on the Xbone. It’s been a consistent complaint by Xbots since launch.

            I understand Xbots have to damage control everything, but there are some things you just have to accept.

    • Dameon Percival

      dude you need to stop reading online garbage, the PS 4 is not in the same league as the xone, while you look at visuals can you video chat on your PS4, can you jump from one game to another on your PS4 and resume when you go back, and the list goes on the PS 4 is a Big strong dinosaur the xone is true next gen.

      • You are flat out wrong

        Why are you trying to change the subject? It’s a fact that Xbone games take longer to install and take longer to load than PS4 games. Multiple comparisons have been done. It’s a known complaint that MS have acknowledged. It’s not a conspiracy. It’s the truth.

        I know you’re upset you wasted $499 on a gimped cable box with no games but you’re just going to have to man up and accept it. By the way, is the Kinectless SKU not “real next gen?” That was always the rationale for it for months on end.

        • 808chi

          With all you Sony Ponies true gamers doesn’t care about what you all cry about. The X1 has a huge library compared to the PS4 and most of the X1 games are exclusive. A good example would be the game Sony players are crying to get on the system as well.

          • You are flat out wrong

            LMAO! The PS4 has more and better games than the Xbone. They also share 90% of their libraries. Get a grip, Xbot. Then again if you did you wouldn’t be an Xbot anymore!

    • You are flat out wrong

      Dick head

    • N2K12

      That.