Microsoft during the launch of Xbox Series X announced that the newer console owners would be able to upgrade it’s storage capacity with the help of Microsoft’s SSD Expansion card which was manufactured by Segate.
Seagate Storage Expansion Card for Xbox Series X|S would cost $219 (1TB). With more storage variants of expansion card coming soon.
You can now pre-order these Storage Expansion Card on Amazon.
But, the major question being – SSD Expansion Card or External SSD or HDD? For Storage Expansion on Next Gen Console.
Well, here is a chart explaining the difference towards the compatibility of external hard drives –
Yes, you can expand your storage with the help of External 3.1 Hard Drives.
As you can see traditional external HDD/SSD would support majority of XBOX Series X functionality. Excluding faster load time and newer Seriex X/S games.
But as far as gaming is considered you will be able to play games on Xbox Series X|S, with external SSD or HDD.
Internal Storage for Xbox Series Gaming Consoles have custom NVMe SSD built especially for the console taking the advantage of ‘Xbox Velocity Architecture’.
Here is full view of comparison –
|Xbox Series X|S||Xbox One X||Xbox One S|
|Internal Storage||1TB Custom NVMe SSD||1TB HDD||1TB HDD|
|IO Throughput||2.4GB/s (Raw), 4.8GB/s (Compressed)||120MB/s||120MB/s|
|Expandable Storage||1TB Expansion Card||Expansion Through USB||Expansion Through USB|
|External Storage||USB 3.2 HDD SSD Support||USB 3.2 HDD SSD Support||USB 3.2 HDD SSD Support|
If we compare the I/O speed of Series X & One X is 40X more faster than the last generation.
Whereas Sony’s Next Gen Console Playstaion 5 will support NVMe SSD as an viable option for storage expansion. Playstaion 5 Recommends PCIe 4.0 M.2 SSD.
According to recent reports from IGN’s Youtube Video. Xbox Series X Internal SSD has only about 820 GB as usable. That makes us wonder if PS5 have lesser usable storage or has Sony Marketed it to be as 825GB of usable storage?
Guess we would have to wait.