Game space

Running out of play space? Xbox storage options expand

Last week, storage vendor Seagate announced a planned expansion of its line of exclusive Xbox Series X | S memory cards.

Previously only available in a 1TB capacity, the officially titled storage expansion card will soon be available in two additional data sizes: 512GB ($ 139.99) and 2TB ($ 399.99). Currently, only the 512GB model is on pre-order, but Seagate says the 2TB version is expected to follow suit in November.

Like Seagate’s $ 220 1TB predecessor, these new memory cards aren’t exactly the cheapest storage options, which has long been a complaint from some Xbox owners. Given their proprietary nature mentioned earlier, storage expansion cards are really the only expansion option available to Xbox gamers if they want to take advantage of the oft-touted Velocity architecture.

More rugged (and usually slower) USB external hard drives and SSDs are great for storing large game libraries, but when played from those older storage solutions, newer Xbox titles can’t reap the benefits. Velocity architecture like faster load times and quick summary. Hence the frustration of some consumers with only one licensed VA-compatible storage card and no option to replace the Xbox’s internal PCIe 4.0 SSD with a larger third-party drive.

That said, these storage expansion cards are a snap to install and work like a charm right out of the box. There’s no need to tinker around – you plug one in and suddenly you have more space to download games.

Even with the $ 400 price tag, the 2TB model should be a flagship once released, as even super-fast 1TB plug-and-play storage can run out quickly. I have a little trouble imagining who the 512 GB card is for. If you play a lot of AAA titles, I doubt you can store more than four or five large files. Guess this might be good for players who play a lot of smaller indie deals.

As more gamers turn to digital-only collections, this type of console accessory becomes downright invaluable, especially if your ISP imposes data caps. Hopefully, they don’t become as hard to find as the Xbox Series consoles themselves.