Back in March, we warned you that the proprietary NVMe storage expansion used in Xbox Series X (and now Xbox Series S) may be much more expensive than traditional storage options. Today, we have a clear confirmation of this fact, because Microsoft and Best Buy have released Seagate’s “Xbox Series X and Series S Game Drive” on November 10 and priced it at $220.
In contrast, Seagate’s own 1TB external USB 3.0 hard drive is priced at only $57.49 on Best Buy. Seagate’s 1
Seagate game drives are cheaper than comparable microSD cards. Best Buy requires a 1TB SanDisk card compatible with Nintendo Switch for $299.
A standard external hard drive or SSD can be used with Xbox Series S/X, but only backward compatible games of the early Xbox system can run directly from this drive.Games designed for the S/X series can be Stored It is used as a backup on an external hard drive, but these games need to be transferred to NVMe storage (such as Seagate’s Game Drive or the system’s internal storage) to run. This is to enable the fast loading and efficient texture streaming technology that Microsoft calls the Xbox Xbox architecture.
For players considering Xbox Series S, the cost of NVMe expansion may be particularly important, which only comes with 512GB of internal storage (compared to Series X’s 1TB). Thanks to “Day One” downloadable updates and patches, many major Xbox One games have far exceeded the 50GB feature limit of a single Blu-ray disc. As the details of 1440p or 4K images are required, respectively, games that are “optimized” for the S/X series may become larger.
The storage expansion situation on PS5 may not be very good. Sony said in March that the upcoming system will support “certain M2 SSDs”, which support the system’s internal specifications of 5.5GB/s. This may require drives that comply with the new PCIe 4.0 standard, which currently costs approximately $200 per 1TB of storage.
Sony said it has conducted benchmark tests and PS5 compatibility tests on multiple drives.Publicly confirm that the first batch of such drives officially certified as PS5 compatible “may exceed [launch]”, Sony said in March.
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