Back in March, we warned you that NVMe’s own storage extensions used in the Xbox Series X (and now the Xbox Series S) can be much more expensive than more traditional storage options. Today, we received clear confirmation of this fact, as Microsoft and Best Buy listed Seagate “Game Drive for Xbox Series X and Series S” as a pre-order for $ 220 before its launch on November 10.
By comparison, Seagate’s own 1TB external USB 3.0 hard drives are listed on Best Buy for only $ 57.49. A 1
However, Seagate Game Drive is cheaper than a comparable microSD card; Best Buy wants $ 299 for a 1TB SanDisk card compatible with similar Nintendo Switch.
The standard external hard drive or SSD will work with the Xbox Series S / X, but only backward-compatible games from earlier Xbox systems will run directly from this device. Games designed for the Series S / X can be stores on external hard drives as a backup, but these games will need to be transferred to NVMe storage (such as Seagate’s Game Drive or the system’s internal storage) to run. This enables fast loading and efficient texture streaming technology, which Microsoft brands as Xbox Velocity Architecture.
The cost of expanding the NVMe can be especially important for gamers, given the Xbox Series S, which only comes with 512GB of internal storage (compared to 1TB for the Series X). Many large games on the Xbox One now exceed the 50 GB functional limit on a Blu-Ray disc, thanks to updates and patches for download from day one. Games that are “optimized” for the Series S / X can be even larger, thanks to the level of texture detail required for detailed 1440p or 4K images, respectively.
The storage expansion situation may not be much better with the PS5. In March, Sony said the upcoming system would support “certain M2 SSDs” that support the system’s internal 5.5 GB / s specifications. This will likely require devices that meet the new PCIe 4.0 standard, which currently have about $ 200 for 1TB of storage.
Sony says it is testing the PS5 on multiple devices. The public confirmation of the first such devices, which are officially certified as PS5 compatible, “will probably be shortly after [launch], “Sony said in March.
Picture of a list from Microsoft / Eurogamer