Xbox Series X/S Storage Expansion Card is Available for Pre-Order Now, and It’s Expensive

Sep 24, 2020 11:27 EDT
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Next-gen consoles embracing speedy solid-state drives should be great for gaming overall, but it does create issues when it comes to storage expansion – the days of plugging any old cheap portable hard drive into your console are over! Way back in March, Microsoft announced they’d be offering a proprietary Xbox Series X 1TB SSD expansion card, developed in partnership with Seagate, but we haven’t heard much about it since.

Well, the Xbox Series X/S memory expansion card if officially up for pre-order at Best Buy, and you’d better prepare your wallet if you want one, as they cost a whopping $220. Now, that’s not actually a terrible price for what’s basically a 1TB NVMe SSD in a special case, but still, I suspect most Xbox Series X/S owners are going to wait on upgrading their internal storage (if they do it at all). Here’s a bit more detail about the memory expansion straight from Best Buy’s listing:

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Instantly expand the peak speed capacity of the most-powerful gaming experience Xbox has ever created with the Seagate Storage Expansion Card for Xbox Series X|S. Effortlessly compatible with the Xbox Velocity Architecture, experience the fastest load times and most dynamic worlds - even improving the overall performance of thousands of Original Xbox, Xbox 360, and Xbox One games. The ultimate power, speed, and compatibility is now at your fingertips.

Key Features

  • Seamless gameplay - Designed in partnership with Xbox to seamlessly play Xbox Series X games from the internal SSD or the expansion card without sacrificing graphics, latency, load times, or framerates.
  • Exclusive to Xbox - The only available expansion card that replicates the Xbox Velocity Architecture - providing faster load times, richer environments, and more immersive gameplay.
  • Quick resume - Switch between titles in seconds - directly from the internal SSD or the expansion card.
  • High capacity - 1TB of storage increases the overall capacity of the Xbox Series X|S - collect thousands of games across four generations of Xbox without sacrificing performance.

Will you be picking up one of these memory expansion cards? Don’t forget, the Xbox Series X comes with 1TB of storage and the Xbox Series S comes with 512GB. Those will likely fill up pretty quick given next-gen game file sizes, but you should be able to survive for a while without expanding.

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