One of the most controversial aspects of the new Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S consoles is the storage situation. The new NVME SSDs give us the fastest Xbox console load speed in history, taking games like GTAV from almost two minutes of initial load time to seconds. However, both consoles come with relatively restrictive storage options, with 512GB on the Xbox Series S and 1TB on the Xbox Series X. While that was great initially, game download sizes are getting insanely huge. , with games like Call of Duty and Halo Infinity approaching or even exceeding the 100 GB mark.
There is a solution for Xbox. The best Xbox Series X and S SSD available right now is the official Seagate 1TB expansion card. Unfortunately, being CFExpress, it’s quite expensive, averaging $ 220. There may be cheaper options along the way.
Recently, retail ads have popped up in France teasing a Seagate 512GB Xbox storage expansion card designed for next-gen consoles. It would undoubtedly be a lot cheaper than the 1TB option currently available, maybe even about half the price, given that it has half the storage. Thanks to an anonymous whistleblower we recently received, it looks like these storage solutions may arrive in time for the holiday season.
It looks like Seagate will start promoting its new Xbox 512GB storage expansion card as early as next week as promotional material has started showing up at US retailers. In addition to the 512GB expansion card which essentially increases your internal storage, Seagate is also preparing to offer a USB-based SSD deep storage solution, which will allow you to store games separately from the internal storage pool. While you can’t run next-gen games from this USB expansion, moving them from the USB SSD to your internal SSD will be faster than downloading them again, potentially.
At the time of writing, it’s unclear how much these storage solutions will cost, but we’ll be sure to update you as Seagate and Microsoft make these new accessories official.