Seagate may release new cheaper 500GB SSD expansion cards for the Xbox Series X/S consoles to boost game storage capacity.
Seems a bit backwards but... I guess any kind of option is better than no options. I remember hearing there may be other brands coming as well. Like WD and even possibly Sandisk / Samsung. On a side note, I only paid $160 for my expansion card. Got it 2nd hand and it made a big difference on my S. So deals are out there for these if you know where to look.
There's a period of exclusivity with Seagate. Whenever that ends other brands will come up with their own models. Hell, we could even see Xbox or someone launch just the casing so people could use any M.2 drive they want.
Maybe not. It would really depend on if MS would release a fw that would open up that CFE slot (expansion port) to do something like that. For now, even with a CFE to M.2 converter, the system does not detect any other drive attached. Check out this video for more info: https://youtu.be/6QCkho9lVM... My guess is it could work with drives that are PCIe Gen4 x2 where as most of the Gen4 are x4.
Totally agree, they need to introduce a 2TB card at the current price and drop the 1TB down to $125.
I bought the 1 TB expansion for my XSX and XSS devices. Also bought 2 x 2 TB Samsung SSD external drives for each XB. I do not notice much difference in performance between the External SSDs and the 1 TB expansions. You do need the "special NMVe" drives for guarantteed performance and some games require themselves to be on that kind of storage in order to run, But having the external SSDs and games on there is also really good. Unless you have a ton of games requiring the NVMe storage, I recommend getting the cheaper per TB external SSD drives.
I use a 4tb seagate game drive (hdd) for my series s. it holds all of my digital xb / 360 / xbo games. I like that quick resume works for pretty much any game on any of the drives, not just series specific one on the ssd. Though there is still some loading from the hdd but it is not nearly as long as starting a game from a cold boot.
@darthv72 I used 4TB seagate drives early last gen. Then I switched to 8 and 10 TB large external HDDs. The problem with putting a bunch of very large traditional HDDs on an XB is that the OS is always going out to them getting the game info and such. I had 3 x 10 TB HDDs on one XBO X and booting my XBO X and getting to being able to play a game took about 15 mins with 2,300 games installed. I have rethought my process on XB Series devices, limiting myself to games I will most likely play. Now I have about 250 games installed between the 1 TB internal NVMe, 1 TB external NVMe, and 2 Samsung SSDs at 2 TB each. That seems to be a good balance for high performance and having games on the high speed NVMe.
I was wondering how well an external ssd expansion would work, thanks for the info!
Personally, I think offering smaller options is kind of pointless. Games are huge these days, 500GB won't get you very far.
I agree but given the nature of them being so quick & easy to plug/unplug... they could be like the old days of memory cards. You could have one for racing games, fighting games, platformers... you get the idea. but they have to be cheap enough to really make that a reality. I have several PS2 & Gamecube memory cards like that.
Yeah, I guess I could see that. But I agree, they're have to be cheap enough.
I don't think it's that bad tbh. I had 8 new games on 250-300gb in the PS5. Unless you play the p**s taking games for space like Warzone. Everyone's different but personally I don't see why people need 25-30 games saved at one time
It mostly affects people with slower internet connections. Downloading 20-50GB games can be time consuming. But yeah personally I would have maybe 10 games installed at one time, then eventually delete the ones I beat or never plan to play again.
That's a lame excuse, you can store your unplay games on your external hard drive. When you're ready, put it into your internal drive
@RedDevils that's not a "lame excuse." People clearly have different ways of managing storage on their devices. A console is no different. I personally think expansion options is a must for whoever wants it. People act like this is REQUIRED or something.
Huh? A few games are huge but otherwise a lot of games are under 50 GB.
Right now, yeah. But every generation games have gotten increasingly bigger. Compression algorithms keep getting better, but games still keep getting bigger. As we start seeing more and more current gen-only games those file sizes will jump again as they always do.
I'm sure I'm not the only one that plays a game and then moves on. I don't leave a bunch of games installed if I've already beaten them. I'm always looking for new experiences not old ones so it wouldn't be a problem for me. Considering gamepass is the way to go for Xbox games i wouldn't mind a cheaper version of the series x. Even an all digital
500 gigs is what 2 possibly 3 games 500 gigs is pointless now as games are getting bigger and bigger.
It depends on the size of the games. Before i got the expansion card, I had like 8 games on my internal storage. I only installed Series optimized games to that and everything else is on a 4tb hdd. I got the expansion in order to install flight simulator and it takes up over 100gb easily. I decided to use it for any games over 50gb so ones such as halo 5 and Gears 5 are also installed to it. I tend to keep smaller ones on the internal and i still have a couple hundred gb free.
maybe COD and GTA. Plenty of games are under 50GB.
Yeah, it kind of tells you what games people are playing when they talk as if every game is over 100GB.
@JEECE I have about 15 games on my Xbox and still have 250 gigs left .. it’s only a couple games I can mention that 100+ gigs , COD took up so much unnecessary space
Most games are well under 50gb. You could easily get 8-10 on it
Cold War and Warzone should fill it right up.
A lot of games average 50-60 in the AAA space. Not every game is GTA and CoD.
Sound like you playing COD exclusively.
Seems like scrambling to give more options as it's been discovered you can hack your own together like back in the 360 days they tried to make proprietary storage but people eventually found that they could buy WD black drives and flash them quickly and easily making what ms was selling for over $100 cost someone about $20 for a old drive and a enclosure from eBay.
It was always known there would be other capacities and brands. So I dont know why you'd think they are scrambling.
Because last week someone figured out how to use a off the shelf nvme drive in their Xbox then we get this a week later just seems like that news started a rush to get a product on the market to avoid home jobs flooding the market
If you read that previous article, it wasnt an off the shelf ssd. The cfe to m.2 was but the ssd they used was out of a series x. So it was already a compatible drive so the system would recognize it.
People are hating on this, but if it's priced correctly it will be pretty popular. The 1TB version is kind of an odd proposition in the context of the Series S, because if you pay $300 for the S and $220 for the card, you might as well have just gone for the X (I know the S is way easier to find, obviously). For a lot of S owners, a $99 500GB card might make more sense. Obviously if it's priced at $150 or more, that will be a little silly.
$100 less than the 1tb wouldnt be too out of the realm of possibility. Although the rule of thumb is you pay more for less. So if the 1tb is 199-219 then a 512gb would be 129. And going the other way.. a 2tb should be 349-379. More bang for the buck.
A Western Digital Blue SSD is $95 for a 1TB on Amazon, and $225 for a 2TB. That's one of the most popular SSDs. A number of other SSDs have the 500GB version for about half of the 1TB version. You may be right, but if it's more than half of the price of the 1TB version, it hardly seems worth the trouble. I guess we'll see.
we need 2TB, 3TB and 4TB
Released a 2TB one and lower the price of the 1TB. $220 is ridiculous.
Agreed... thankfully I didnt pay that for mine.
500GB in this day and age is NOTHING and a complete waste of money.
Am I the only one that starts and finishes a game and then deletes it off the hard drive? I've never had storage problems. Really don't see a point in having 10 games on there, it's not like you can play them all at once anyways.
What you're doing is fine and works best in general. But just keep in mind, some households share one console. So having multiple different games isn't that far fetched. And folks with slower connections or bandwidth caps is what extra storage is targeted for.
That's good news, specially for series s, buying expansion memory that cost almost as much as the console itself, is a lot to say the least...
Need bigger not small!
haha $160 for 500GB Just upgraded to 1TB of 7,000MB/s on the PS5 for $170
That is hilarious, isn't it?
it took awhile, but the reality is finally starting to sink in but but but, its too difficult to undo a screw
I assume you are referring to the PS5. So i will entertain that thought process. Technically it would be three screws. one for the base (if you use the PS5 standing up otherwise it would be two screws). One for the SSD bay cover and then one for the SSD mount. And that is just the screws, there is still the removal and replacement of the side panel. For xbox, you cant get any easier than plug in the expansion card. That's it. 2 seconds for something that can take 2 minutes or more (depending on the individual). Sure both have their pros and cons when it comes to getting to the same end result (expanding upon the existing storage). I am thankful that both offer paths to do that, now if they can just get the pricing for these options to be cheaper.
People vastly prefer cheaper and much more performance over plug and play and slower proprietary solution. One minute to put SSD in a PS5 isn't a big deal as you trying to spin it.
It's kind of amazing how when something requires the slightest bit of thought, we get a bunch of articles and comments about how "it's so confusing, there's too many options, people won't know what to do." Meanwhile adding an SSD to PS5 was way easier than switching the HDD on PS3 or PS4. Although you can't fault MS too much for making it convenient. It's just too bad one company has the exclusive right to make them, so there isn't any competition, either in price, or to make different sizes available.
Didn't someone already show its possible to add any SSD to the card via a cfexpress adaptor? I'd just wait for a workaround for full spec speed and buy a third party ssd.
Release a 512gb card for £49.99
I would like to see a WD option, I've had issues with SG in the past.
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