We’re still waiting for the day when we can pre-order the Xbox Series X, but in the meantime, Seagate has revealed the first third-party external storage option for the next-gen console. The Series X plans to use a new type of storage expansion card specifically to ensure faster speeds for games, as opposed to the external hard drive we used to store our games in this previous generation. Since only one company has revealed a storage option for the Series X, it is unclear whether we will see more or if Microsoft has partnered with Seagate as the sole manufacturer of the console’s storage card. Unfortunately, no cost was revealed, but you can sign up on Seagate’s website to stay up-to-date.
Seagate’s Storage Expansion Card for the Xbox Series X is a custom PCIe Gen4x2 NVMe SSD, which means it’s very fast – the NVMe SSD is the fastest storage option you can currently get for PCs. The next generation of games have emphasized these speeds in both quick load times and stutter-free, open world streaming. Unfortunately, we do not have the exact clock speed of these storage cards.
Seagate Storage Expansion Card for Xbox Series X
A bummer about these storage cards is their capability. 1TB is expected, but looking at this previous generation, the game has grown huge – many games stick to around 50–100 GB, but Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is currently emphasizing 200 GB. It is reasonable to think that next-gen games will be even larger, although Microsoft says it plans to use dedicated hardware to use decompression and installation to keep the game’s size down. The back of the Series X also has only a single storage slot, which makes me a little worried about how often you will manage your storage space.
Seagate also mentions the “improved overall performance” of the “Thousand, Xbox 360, and Xbox One titles” through the use of new storage expansion cards. This possibility refers to games that are already pre-sorted to take advantage of more powerful hardware – this is most likely to affect loading times and open-world performance, although we do not confirm anything at this time can do.
Of course, the Xbox Series X will still support external hard drives, although you won’t be able to use them only for games optimized for X and backward-compatible titles. This means that you will be able to easily transfer your entire Xbox One library to Series X – just transfer all your games to an external hard drive, and then plug it into Series X. However, if any of those games have received the Xbox Series X update, they will not be stored on the hard drive. Plan your sports establishments accordingly.