We’re still waiting for the day to pre-order the Xbox X console. In the meantime, however, Seagate has unveiled the first third-party external storage option for the next-generation console. The X-Series plans to use an exclusively new type of expansion memory card to ensure high speeds for X-Series games, unlike the external hard drives we used to store our last-generation games. Because only one company has unveiled storage options for the X-Series, it’s unclear whether we’ll see more or if Microsoft has partnered with Seagate, the only manufacturer of console memory cards. Unfortunately, no pricing was revealed, but you can register on the Seagate website to stay in the picture.
The Seagate Storage Expansion Card for the Xbox X Series is its own NVMe PCIe Gen4x2 SSD, which means it̵7;s fast enough – NVMe SSDs are the fastest storage option currently available for PCs. The next generation of games has highlighted these speeds in fast loading as well as in open stream streams. Unfortunately, we do not have the exact clock speed of these memory cards.
Seagate Storage Expansion Card for Xbox Series X.
One of them is the capacity of these memory cards. 1TB is expected, but looking at this last generation, the games have gotten huge – many games are holding around 50-100 GB, but Call of Duty itself: Modern Warfare itself is pushing 200 GB. It is reasonable to think that future-gen games will be even bigger, although Microsoft says it plans to use dedicated hardware to use decompression and installation to reduce game size. There is only one storage space on the back of the X Series, which worries me a little about how often you will manage your storage space.
Seagate also mentions the “improved overall performance” of “thousands of Xbox, Xbox 360 and Xbox One titles” through the use of the new Storage Expansion Card. This probably applies to games that are already pre-programmed to use more powerful hardware – most likely to affect load times and performance in the open world, although we can’t confirm anything at the moment.
Of course, the Xbox Series will continue to support external hard drives, although you will only be able to use them for games that are not optimized for the X Series and backward-compatible titles. This means you’ll be able to easily move your entire Xbox One library to the X Series – simply transfer all your games to an external hard drive and then plug it into the X Series. If any of these games have received an Xbox Series X update, they won’t be saved to the hard disk. Plan your game installations accordingly.