Microsoft has opened pre-orders for the Xbox Series X 1TB Storage Expansion Card, which is designed by Seagate. The proprietary storage solution is priced at $219.99 / £220 and slots into the rear of both the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S.
The Xbox Series X comes with 1TB of super-fast storage, while the Xbox Series S ships with 512GB. Priced at $499 / £449 and $299 / £249 respectively, if you were to buy the Storage Expansion Card alongside Microsoft’s cheaper Xbox Series S, you’d end up spending $520 / £469 in total for 1.5TB of storage
Microsoft claims that games for the Xbox Series S will be 30% smaller in size than their Xbox Series X counterparts, as they won’t require 4K textures. This means that the internal NVMe SSD should go a bit further than at first glance, but space will still be at a premium.
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It’s worth noting that Xbox One, Xbox 360 and original Xbox games can be stored on an external hard drive. You can also store games that are optimized for the new Xbox Velocity Architecture on an external hard drive, though you’ll need to transfer them over to the console’s internal SSD or Expansion Card when you want to play them.
Microsoft has outlined how the new storage system works, and why the Expansion Card is so pricey in a detailed Q&A on Xbox Wire (opens in new tab). It's an interesting read if you're new to the world of NVMe SSDs.
Xbox 1TB Storage Expansion Card US
Seagate 1TB Game Drive for Xbox Series X, Series S:
Seagate 1TB Game Drive for Xbox Series X and Series S: $219.99 at Best Buy (opens in new tab)
You can instantly expand the storage of the Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S with Seagate's 1TB Storage Expansion Card. Experience faster load times, and improve the performance of Xbox, Xbox 360 and Xbox One games.
Seagate 1TB Game Drive for Xbox Series X and Series S: $219.99 at Microsoft Store (opens in new tab)
The Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S 1TB Storage Expansion Card is available directly from the Microsoft Store. Just plug it into the back of either console to experience faster load times.
Xbox 1TB Storage Expansion Card UK
Seagate 1TB Game Drive for Xbox Series X and Series S: £219.99 at Microsoft Store (opens in new tab)
Expect to pay a premium for the Seagate 1TB Game Drive in the UK, as Microsoft has priced the expandable storage at £219.99. That's £30 less than an Xbox Series S.
Comparatively, the PS5 comes with 825GB of storage. Sony has previously said that the console will be compatible with Sony-certified, off-the-shelf NVMe SSDs, but these drives must match the PS5’s internal SSD’s bandwidth specifications. It’s also unclear whether any new drive would replace the internal SSD solution, or expand upon the existing storage. If it’s anything like the PS3 and PS4’s storage solutions, it’s likely to serve as a replacement.
Microsoft has stated that additional sizes will be available in the future, but as we’ve seen with current NVMe SSDs, the price tends to increase exponentially the more storage a drive includes. The Xbox Series X/S 1TB Storage Expansion Card will be available when both the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S launch on November 10, 2020.
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