Xbox Series X Third-Party Storage Revealed, But Still No Price

Xbox Series X has a heck of a spec sheet, but one thing has caused a bit of a worry - the internal storage space.

While we know the console has a custom NVME SSD storage solution to ensure almost non-existent loading times and richer game worlds, it only offers 1 TB of storage. Considering the likes of Modern Warfare (2019) are already pushing up against 200 GB on current-gen, expandable storage is a must.

Step forward Seagate, with the storage company offering their very own custom third-party storage solution. It's licensed by Microsoft, and will essentially match the speed of the internal drive.


Seagate's cards are expected to be "plug and play", but we don't have a price yet. Unfortunately, these tend to clock in at around 1 TB max, so we might end up having to switch them, memory card style.

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Seagate also notes that the cards will improve performance of Xbox, Xbox 360 and Xbox One titles, presumably in comparison to a standard USB 3.0 hard drive like the ones we use now. You can find out more on Seagate's site here.

It's also worth noting that picking up one of these bad boys doesn't mean you have to throw away your existing storage options that you may be using on the Xbox One console family. If you've got a USB 3.0 hard drive, for example, you can plug it straight into your new Xbox Series X console and be able to play all the games on it without having to reformat it or reinstall anything.

That only works for Xbox, Xbox 360 and Xbox One titles, though, so if you're picking up some Series X games to go with the console you'll need to rely on the internal storage or Seagate's option.

I recently bought the parts for a gaming PC, and a similar SSD solution set me back almost £100 for a 1 TB drive. It'll be interesting to see if Microsoft can keep the price down.

As for Sony, Microsoft's competitor has touted a revolutionary new SSD that offers 820GB of storage, but there are two expansion ports for more storage, too. Those expansion SSD's will offer increased storage, but you'll need Sony-certified ones to maximise the console's speed.

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