Xbox Series X, Series S Get 512GB And 2TB Storage Expansion Cards From Seagate
Xbox gamers currently have the option of thousands of games to play from its library, thanks to four generations of backward compatibility and the Xbox Game Pass subscription. With so many games available and many more in the pipeline, it is paramount that you have plenty of storage space. Titles like Call of Duty: Warzone, Red Dead Redemption 2, Forza Motorsport 7, and Forza Horizon 5 each take up more than 100GB of storage space. If you consider the internal usable memory of the Xbox Series X and the Xbox Series S, which is about 800GB and 365GB respectively, you don’t have enough storage to store more than 8-10 games. So, Microsoft has built a storage expansion feature in its new gaming consoles. Earlier only 1TB Storage Expansion Cards were available for the latest Xbox consoles. Now, under its ‘Designed for Xbox’ branding Seagate has announced 512GB and 2TB storage expansion cards for the Xbox Series X and the Xbox Series S. They will give more flexibility to gamers.
How To Use The Seagate Storage Expansion Card
Unlike the Sony PlayStation 5’s storage expansion process, you don’t need to take disassembly and assembly lessons to expand the storage space of your Xbox Series X or Series S. It is a pretty straightforward job as the console comes with a storage expansion port at the back. To give you an idea, the Seagate Storage Expansion Card is a bit bigger than your average USB pen drive, and you just insert it into the storage expansion port on your console’s rear (beside the Ethernet port).
Seagate Storage Expansion Card Features
The Seagate Storage Expansion Card is a customised internal PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD built using the ‘Xbox Velocity Architecture’. It is capable of delivering 2.4GB/s of raw I/O throughput. That’s about 40 times the throughput of the Xbox One! The ‘Xbox Velocity Architecture’ API enables faster, reliable and consistent performance on the SSD. It also offers backward compatibility for games, which will help games load faster.
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The Seagate storage card, which is advertised to match the performance of the Xbox Series X’s and Xbox Series S’ internal SSD, lets you choose to install games to the expansion card by default or play games directly from it. You can also move or copy games between local and external storage. The Quick Resume feature will work efficiently as well because it stores the data on the internal drive. It won’t matter if you have the storage card inserted as it takes the game license details stored in the internal memory.
Take a look at the chart below to see how the Seagate storage expansion Card fares against the competition.
Seagate Storage Expansion Card Price, Availability
The Seagate 2TB Storage Expansion Card for Xbox Series X and Series S is priced at $399.99 (around ₹30,000) while the 512GB variant is priced at $139.99 (around ₹10,500). It will be available for pre-order in the US in November 2021 and will launch by early December 2021.