Storage capacity is always a big talking point when it comes to next-generation video game consoles, and on the Xbox front, it's no different.
Internally, Microsoft's next-gen system is packing a 1TB SSD, but if you want to be able to play even more of its future line-up, it might be worth checking out the 1TB Seagate Storage Expansion Card. The official web page for this card is now live on the company's website and you can even sign-up to stay informed.
The page itself notes how there is "no compromise" - with this card giving the player all the speed and power of the Xbox Series X. It comes with a limited warranty of three years and will launch "Holiday 2020" alongside the console (there's no mention of price).
Syncing with the ultra-powerful Xbox Velocity Architecture’s groundbreaking hardware, CPU, and deep software integration, every game that plays from the Storage Expansion Drive Card for Xbox Series X plays at peak levels. In addition to Xbox Series X games, thousands of Xbox, Xbox 360, and Xbox One titles will experience improved overall performance.
External USB drives will still be compatible with the Xbox Series X and can run Xbox One games and other backwards compatible titles, but there are limitations in place when it comes to Xbox Series X games, as previously explained by Major Nelson:
"You can always take your Xbox One games and play them directly off your external hard drive when connected to Xbox Series X. Now for Xbox Series X games, you can certainly store them on your external hard drive, but when you're ready to play them, you're going to want to move them to the internal SSD or the Seagate expansion drive."
Will you be picking up the Seagate Storage Expansion Card at launch? Tell us down below.
[source seagate.com, via mspoweruser.com]
I think were gonna need a bigger hard drive
I begrudgingly expect to have to expand the hard drive space on the console, I had to do it for 2/3 this gen.
That said I won't be getting one at launch. External Hard Drive prices cheapen over time, and I expect the 1TB it comes with to last me at least a year
This is so thoughtful and seamless to plug and play hassle free unlike in other console where you need to check the supported SSDs, open the machine and install into the slot like a caveman. This will ensure the same exact performance and thermal efficiency matching the internal ssd.
@Z3u5000 I think they will both have expansion slots.
Biggest concern is going to be pricing on these I think.
As long as they get the pricing right, this could be a big boon for the console. Plug and play, guaranteed to work - people like simple.
Just price it right, Microsoft. Don’t pull a Vita.
Not a fan of Seagate - all of their interanl & external HDs I've had in the past died in very quick succession & well before their warranty expired. I'll be interested to see what other solutions come out during the launch period. I suspect I will only be getting a few games within the first year as the new Halo will keep me busy for some time.
The design of these new expansion slots takes me back to the days of the PS2 and Gamecube. Let's hope they'll do a VMU upgrade next =0p
@Medic_Alert Aye, very unlucky! I've mostly stuck with Toshiba as they've been consistently good for me. They've all been mechanical drives with Seagate though, so I expect the SSD tech to be more robust.
I will certainly be getting one - just maybe not at launch as I doubt I will have the games to fill the internal one for a while...
I must be honest and full credit to Microsoft for getting their act together with SSD storage expansion for series x.
There are gonna be pricey, sadly.
But, I have tons of expansion that I can use and will just swap between it and the internal, I won’t need to buy one of these cards for a little while.
I expect file sizes as a worst case to be the same, but in all probability a little smaller (no need to duplicate data next gen) so file transfer will be quite fast, it’s already not bad on the current Xbox one models.
@AJDarkstar Yet this one is specifically designed for Series X.
I can't really say if I'll pick one up until I've lived with the 1TB in the console itself and how much of a pain transferring stuff to and from the external will be (to be fair it doesn't take too long on the One X).
But I'll probably wait until a bigger one comes out and either get that or hope the 1TB gets cheaper.
@Jaxx420 It’s already confirmed only Xbox Series will have an external plug and play proprietary format SSD slot.
@Z3u5000 I would hope they are not proprietary I'd rather pick my own brand of SSD.
I’ll definitely be picking one of these up.
And I love how Microsoft is making upgrading your storage so easy.
I generally only have one game on the go at any one time, so storage shouldn't be a problem for me. Hopefully these cards won't be too expensive for those who do need the extra space, but I'd imagine this is how Microsoft intend to recoup some of the costs from selling the Series X at a reasonably cheap price.
Assuming the Series X is sold at a reasonably cheap price, that is...
@Jaxx420 Without being proprietary there will be quality and performance/thermal issues. Besides Xbox Series X expandable SSD looks way more compact format and easy to install than anything you will ever get to buy on the market.
@sikthvash By comparison, Seagate is my preferred brand. I've used probably around 50 of their drives over the last 20 or so years, always recommended the brand to others and have never had a single issue or seen any recommendations die.
@Medic_Alert The drives with the speeds required for the PS5 are top of the line and therefore already very expensive. To change that into a proprietary media would make them cost even more.
As an example, the 1st drive that is PS5 compatible (it's actually faster than the PS5, which makea it compatible) is supposed to be launching next month and will be around the €500 mark for 2TB.
@Menchi My friends and I have obviously been terribly unlucky over the years =0( glad you've found them to be realiable though! I haven't had much luck with WD either.
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