We’re still waiting for the day when we can pre-order the Xbox Series X, but in the meantime Seagate has unveiled the first third-party external storage option for the next-generation console. The X Series plans to use a brand new type of expansion storage card to ensure fast speeds for X Series games, unlike the external hard drives we used to store our games in the previous generation. Since only one company has unveiled a Series X storage option, it’s unclear whether we’ll see more or whether Microsoft has partnered with Seagate to be the only maker of the console’s storage cards. Unfortunately, no price was revealed, but you can register on the Seagate website to keep up with the times.
The Seagate storage expansion card for the Xbox Series X is a custom PCIe Gen4x2 NVMe SSD, which means it̵
Seagate storage expansion card for Xbox Series X
The only boom for these storage cards is their capacity. 1TB is expected, but given this last generation, the games have become huge – many games remain around 50-100 GB, but Call of Duty: Modern Warfare itself is currently pushing 200 GB. It’s reasonable to think that next-generation games will be even bigger, although Microsoft says it plans to use specialized hardware to use decompression and installation to keep the game in size. There’s only one storage slot on the back of the Series X, which worries me a little about how often you’ll manage your storage space.
Seagate also mentions “improved overall performance” of “thousands of Xbox, Xbox 360, and Xbox One titles” by using the new storage expansion card. This probably applies to games that are already pre-programmed to take advantage of more powerful hardware – this is likely to affect boot time and performance in the open world, although we can’t confirm anything at this time.
Of course, the Xbox Series X will still support external hard drives, although you will only be able to use them for games that are not optimized for the Series X and are compatible with back titles. This means you’ll be able to move your entire Xbox One library to Series X quite easily – just transfer all your games to an external hard drive and then plug it into Series X. If any of these games have received an update to Xbox Series X, but they will not be stored on the hard disk. Plan your game installations accordingly.