In India, Seagate released the Storage Expansion Card for the Xbox Series X (review) and Series S. The new card will add 1TB of capacity to the console while maintaining the same speed and performance as the Xbox Velocity Architecture and internal SSDs.
Attaching an external hard drive is not the same as using a Seagate Storage Expansion Card. To begin with, the expansion card is given its own slot on the back of the consoles. Furthermore, the hard drive only allows users to play backwards compatible games and provides no additional performance benefits. Players will have to switch games between the hard drive and the console’s internal SSD in order to take advantage of the Xbox Series X and Series S’ quicker load times.
Season Storage Expansion Card Price and Availability
The Seagate Storage Expansion Card costs Rs 23,499 in India. From February 8, 2021, it will be available on Amazon. Between February 8th and February 14th, 2021, the card will be available for a promotional price of Rs 22,999.
“We are ecstatic to be a major player in next-generation gaming,” says Seagate. Games will be more complex, visually beautiful, and immersive than ever before, thanks to a new standard of performance,” said Jeff Fochtman, Senior Vice President at Seagate. “Seagate’s Storage Expansion Card for Xbox Series X|S technology provides additional game storage at peak speeds, simulating the internal SSD experiences of the consoles. We are excited to partner with Xbox and look forward to assisting gamers in immersing themselves in the high-fidelity experience.”
The Xbox Series X and Series S controllers, as you might remember, come with a custom NVMe SSD for storage. Microsoft’s Xbox Velocity Architecture is built on this foundation. The custom 1TB NVMe SSD, according to Microsoft, has a raw I/O throughput of 2.4GB/s. The Seagate Expandable Storage Card performs at the same pace.
The Sony PlayStation 5 (review), on the other hand, will enable users to connect a regular NVMe SSD to their consoles. The function is currently disabled. However, we don’t know whether storing games on that SSD would affect results.