Microsoft Explains Why The Xbox Series X 1TB Storage Expansion Card Is So Expensive

The official Seagate 1TB Expansion Card for Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S is now available to pre-order for £219.99 / $219.99 at the Microsoft Store, which ultimately puts it out of the price range of many consumers.

Fortunately, you don't need it (more about that in a minute), but over on Xbox Wire, Xbox Series X Director of Program Management Jason Ronald has been talking a bit more about why the card is so expensive.

As we've known for a while, Ronald explained that the card delivers over 40x the performance of a standard hard drive, which allows it to run next-generation games at their full capacity:

"The Xbox Velocity Architecture is a key innovation of our next generation consoles, delivering unprecedented speed and performance enabling transformative gaming experiences never before possible on console. This level of consistent, sustained performance requires advanced components which comes at a higher cost than traditional hard drives or SSDs often found in PCs. By partnering with an industry leader in Seagate, we worked together to deliver an expandable storage solution which delivers identical performance at the lowest cost possible and available this holiday."

But don't panic! As we've mentioned, you don't necessarily require one of these cards if you want to increase storage on your Xbox Series X/S. You can still connect any external USB hard drive to the system to play Xbox One, Xbox 360 and original Xbox titles, as well as store Xbox Series X/S games until you're ready to play them.

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Basically, if you don't want to buy one of these things, you can still use a cheaper external hard drive to store next-gen games, and you'll just need to swap them to and from the Xbox Series X/S internal storage when required.

Are you OK with the price, or do you think it's too expensive? Let us know in the comments.