Xbox Series S apparently has less than 400GB of usable storage

Xbox Series S
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The Xbox Series S's usable storage has seemingly been leaked by a user on Reddit, who says that 364GB of the console's 512GB SSD is available for games and apps. User spead21 posted a picture of the console as evidence of their ownership of the digital-only Xbox – and it suggests you won't have much room for big games.

Still, Microsoft has previously said to IGN that it expects game sizes on Xbox Series S to be 30% smaller than those on Xbox Series X (which has 802GB of usable storage from a 1TB SSD). That's because the console targets a 1440p resolution rather than 4K.

Let's hope that's the case if the console's available storage really is this small. 

Still, like the Xbox Series X, you can also buy a Seagate Expansion Card to add 1TB of storage to the Xbox Series S. Since that costs £220/$220, though, it's unlikely to be desirable to everyone picking up Microsoft's cheaper next-gen console. 

The fight over storage

Microsoft and Sony have faced an interesting challenge in offering solid state drives as standard for their next-gen consoles. They're both right in thinking that faster storage offers a game-changing difference to players and developers – but finding the right balance between an acceptable amount of storage and affordability has clearly been tricky.

The PS5 has 667GB of usable storage, according to a recent leak. 

No one was expecting miracles from the Xbox Series S, considering it costs $299.99 / £249.99 / AU$499. But considering how big install sizes of games have gotten in the past few years, and that this is a digital-only console, players might find that storage disappearing reasonably quickly. 

Samuel Roberts

Samuel is a PR Manager at game developer Frontier. Formerly TechRadar's Senior Entertainment Editor, he's an expert in Marvel, Star Wars, Netflix shows and general streaming stuff. Before his stint at TechRadar, he spent six years at PC Gamer. Samuel is also the co-host of the popular Back Page podcast, in which he details the trials and tribulations of being a games magazine editor – and attempts to justify his impulsive eBay games buying binges.