It's not like Microsoft has done it before. It's only in the two years since 2TB One S (under), the only other hardware with the same storage space was a special edition Gears of War 4 One S and The Thieves Sea Game Drive from Seagate. There have been countless other, smaller bunks since. Microsoft defended this position this autumn and said that data shows that people have on average 15 games over the life of a console and that 1TB was the right size for them.
When every big budget game costs $ 60, it may be water. But through today's presentation, Microsoft continued to push Game Pass, the $ 10 a month you can eat digital subscription service for Xbox games. Each Xbox exclusive will be available via Game Pass day and date with physical copies, which means more people want more games on their hard drives at any time. In June, Microsoft said people played "more games than ever" the year since Game Pass was released.
One X reserves 220 GB for system data only.
A 1TB hard disk does not translate into 1TB of storage, though. One X, for example, reserves 220 GB for system data alone. Forza Horizon 4 bundle comes with downloads for Horizon 4 and last year's Motorsport 7 both fully optimized for the more powerful hardware. The latter is just under 100 GB. Similarly, Horizon 3 from 2016 received a very post-launch One X update, adding HDR and native 4K resolution. The lock was around 700MB, and the total file size is just over 50GB.
The autumn Horizon 4 however, has 60FPS-visual, one in the six-year history of the underworld, all seasonal cycles, and only more in general. It was the first one that was developed with One X in mind from the beginning as well. If so, it will probably record as much hard disk space as Motorsport 7 . Between these two games and system software, over half of the storage space is left. If you are a fan of Microsoft's other franchises like Halo and Gears of War, the latest games are over 100GB each thanks to One X enhancements. Quantum Break Another One X Enhanced Exclusive is 84GB.
Even standard AAA games without 4K ornaments have swept to over 50GB each, without counting for title updates and additions. The nasty side effect of games that looks better is that they grow bigger. It seems that Microsoft did not care when it started pushing 4K to the masses of One S.