After spending 24 hours with the Seagate SSD Expansion Storage Card, it's clear it was built with the Xbox Series X|S in mind. It's speedy, accessible and adorable with its minute size, making for an excellent choice for anyone who is already clutching for space on their next-gen system.
Immediately off the bat its size is evident and can even fit in the palm of my hand, so don't pop it somewhere in which it could be misplaced. Its slick memory card style design comes equipped with a cover to protect the card, an excellent feature for anyone looking to consistently travel around with the expansion card.
It couldn't be easier to use set up, too. A simple click into the dedicated storage slot on the back of the console allows for easy access, and once it's clicked in, it's good to go. Although, it's worth noting from my experience that the console did not recognise the card if inserted before turning on. It needed to be fully powered and inserted to show up.
Once it's connected, no setup is required and owners can quickly get to downloading on the system. While the card and box state it comes equipped with 1TB of storage, my Xbox Series X showed it increased storage by roughly 920GB, coupling the total storage into one. Games would first install onto the internal SSD until filled and then shift over to the Seagate SSD Expansion Storage Card. Downloads took the same amount of time to install as they would have on the internal, seamlessly blending the storage into one.
One of the reasons the card operates so fast is due to the fact the Seagate SSD Expansion Storage Card also incorporates the same Velocity Architecture - a custom SSD that offers 2.4 GB/s of raw I/O throughput, which is said to be 40 times faster than the one residing within the Xbox One. Since the card uses the same technology, it embraces the same speed and efficiency found within the Xbox Series X|S.
It's also immensely easy to move storage around as and when. By entering the 'manage game' option, titles can be moved from the internal to the Seagate SSD Expansion Storage Card, or vice versa. Speeds are insanely quick, with titles such as Destiny 2 swapping over in a minute or so. For anyone looking to delve deeper into each of the SSD's storage options, the Xbox settings menu also allows access to both storage devices and the ability to move, copy or delete content at your heart's content. Having the quick, simple steps to shifting content is going to be great for people who want to take their digital games around to a friend's house - once the pandemic has blown over, of course.
But how do games run on the Seagate SSD Expansion Storage Card? The answer: flawlessly. Comparing the load times to Dirt 5 on the internal and external card showed little to no difference in load times. On one or two instances the difference would be mere seconds, but it's nothing that's going to be instantly noticeable unless you're watching eagle-eyed with a stopwatch.
It's impressive how accessible the Seagate SSD Expansion Storage Card actually is, and while its price point may be enough to put many off, it's clear the money is well spent on how seamlessly it interjects with the rest of the console. Many players may not need one now, but as 2021 rolls in and next-gen ramps up into full gear with consistent releases, it could prove to be a necessary and viable purchase to store the games we love.
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