Xbox Series X launch is becoming more of a reality today as Seagate has launched it’s website for their storage expansion card for the Xbox Series X. Gamers can now sign up for more information, including release information via their site. Not a whole lot of ground breaking information was revealed, but we now have confirmation of items we already thought we knew.
The storage expansion card is a proprietary storage card for the Xbox Series X that is a custom PCIe Gen4x2 NVMe flash memory module. This card, only available through Seagate, is going to add an additional 1TB of space to the base 1TB module that the Xbox Series X comes equipped with. The expansion card will also come with a 3 year warranty, which should veteran Xbox owner’s minds at ease, used to the standard 90-day warranty on most Microsoft accessories.
As many more gamers choose digital games over physical games, the need for more storages quickly increases, especially when dealing with games like Red Dead Redemption 2 that weigh in at a whopping 88.57GB. Too many games of that size, and one is quickly looking for additional storage room. For the Xbox One, many gamers have added external hard drives, (myself included,) to expand the capacity. However, the USB 3.0 interface is a real bottleneck, forcing games hosted on these expansion drives to load much more slowly, with the result being simply awful load times when pulling off the external drive.
The Seagate custom PCIe NVMe is designed to tie directly into the Xbox Series X so that you are “getting all the speed and power Xbox has dream up, with no compromise.” The expansion card and the internal SSD will be equally as fast. Ideally, the performance will be identical. Essentially, the expansion will perform the same as the native drive with the expansion hard-wiring memory directly to the board of the Xbox Series X.
Pricing has not been released at this time but you can sign up for “up-to-the-minute updates” on the Seagate Xbox Storage Expansion Card site.
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