- Microsoft made another announcement that will please Xbox users.
- New expansion cards for the Xbox Series X/S are officially on the way.
- A 512GB, as well as 2TB versions are going to hit the market soon.
- The company that manufactures these external cards is Seagate.
Xbox Game Pass made it possible for gamers to have a library of games at their very fingertips. But, between Game Pass and four generations of game compatibility on Xbox Series X|S, there are thousands of games to choose from.
Microsoft just announced new storage expansion cards for the Xbox Series X / S today, which got everyone excited.
These external storage units are manufactured by Seagate and there are three options to choose from, so the only question here is: How much extra space do you need?
More storage space for your Xbox Series X/S
There will now be a smaller 512GB card priced at $139.99 and a larger 2TB card priced at $399.99. IN between these, there’s another expansion card launched alongside the next-gen Xbox consoles, priced at $219.99 for 1TB of space.
These expandable storage cards slot into the rear of both the Xbox Series X / S to match the internal SSD speed and provide extra storage for games.
We can all agree that the storage expansion cards certainly offer ease of use on the Xbox, but we can’t ignore the fact that there’s still only a single manufacturer and they’re proprietary.
For example, Seagate’s 2TB model is priced lower than a top option like Samsung’s 980 Pro SSD for the PS5, which is priced at $449.99.
However, Sony’s more open approach allows PS5 owners to purchase cheaper Gen 4 SSDs where you can pick up a 2TB drive for less than $300.
To give you a better understanding of how things actually work, the Storage Expansion Card uses the foundation of the Xbox Velocity Architecture.
This is the custom, internal SSD delivering 2.4 GB/s of raw I/O throughput, more than 40x the throughput of Xbox One.
The Seagate Storage Expansion Card was designed using the Xbox Velocity Architecture to deliver the exact same consistent, sustained performance of our internal SSD ensuring you have the exact same gameplay experience regardless of where the game resides.
Without any doubt, these are the only external SSDs on market designed to leverage the Xbox Velocity Architecture and deliver the exact same performance as the internal SSD.
The Redmond-based tech company has previously committed to opening up its storage expansion cards to more manufacturers and different size options.
For the time being, it’s sticking with Seagate, but we hope to see more manufacturers and pricing competition that will benefit Xbox owners soon.
The new 512GB Xbox storage expansion card will be available in mid-November from Walmart, with the 2TB option arriving in December.
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