Cheaper 500GB Xbox Series X SSD expansion cards possibly coming

Seagate may release new cheaper 500GB SSD expansion cards for the Xbox Series X/S consoles to boost game storage capacity.

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darthv7229d ago (Edited 29d ago )

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.

porkChop29d ago

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.

darthv7229d ago (Edited 29d ago )

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:

My guess is it could work with drives that are PCIe Gen4 x2 where as most of the Gen4 are x4.

Anomander28d ago

Totally agree, they need to introduce a 2TB card at the current price and drop the 1TB down to $125.

NeoGamer23228d ago

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.

darthv7228d ago

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.

NeoGamer23228d ago

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.

John_McClane28d ago

I was wondering how well an external ssd expansion would work, thanks for the info!

porkChop29d ago

Personally, I think offering smaller options is kind of pointless. Games are huge these days, 500GB won't get you very far.

darthv7229d ago

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.

porkChop29d ago

Yeah, I guess I could see that. But I agree, they're have to be cheap enough.

andy8528d ago (Edited 28d ago )

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

Sarcasm28d ago

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.

RedDevils28d ago

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

Sarcasm28d ago

@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.

Smok9128d ago

Huh? A few games are huge but otherwise a lot of games are under 50 GB.

porkChop28d ago

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.

TheDoomedGuy28d ago (Edited 28d ago )

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

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Knightofelemia29d ago

500 gigs is what 2 possibly 3 games 500 gigs is pointless now as games are getting bigger and bigger.

darthv7229d ago

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.

Neonridr29d ago

maybe COD and GTA. Plenty of games are under 50GB.

JEECE29d ago

Yeah, it kind of tells you what games people are playing when they talk as if every game is over 100GB.

wiz719128d ago (Edited 28d ago )

@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

andy8528d ago

Most games are well under 50gb. You could easily get 8-10 on it

Jin_Sakai28d ago

Cold War and Warzone should fill it right up.

TheRealTedCruz28d ago

A lot of games average 50-60 in the AAA space.

Not every game is GTA and CoD.

RedDevils28d ago

Sound like you playing COD exclusively.

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Profchaos29d ago

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.

darthv7228d ago

It was always known there would be other capacities and brands. So I dont know why you'd think they are scrambling.

Profchaos28d ago

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

darthv7228d ago (Edited 28d ago )

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.

JEECE28d ago

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.

darthv7228d ago

$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.

JEECE28d ago

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.

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