After PS5, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S are the most beloved gaming consoles. Although the console looks like a mini gaming PC, it boasts some of the best hardware configurations available in the market. Unlike its previous models, the new Xbox Series X|S upgraded its hardware with the new custom solid-state drives (SSDs) storage. It also assured a faster loading time and better software optimization. But one thing that still needs an explanation is the limited storage options.
Unlike the former Xbox One and its counterparts, which had an additional option to plug in an external hard drive, the new Xbox Series X|S gaming consoles didn’t have that luxury. Instead of using an external hard drive, Microsoft’s Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S storage can be upgraded using the new Seagate Storage Expansion Card.
Microsoft might be reviving the retro gaming style where players upgrade their storage with additional storage cards. The reason for using such an approach complements the custom NVMe SSD storage technology, increasing the processing speed 40 times over the Xbox One consoles.
But this doesn’t mean players have to say sayonara to older Xbox games. The Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S still support the USB storage for the backward compatible titles, including Xbox 360 and original Xbox games. However, next-gen games require an internal SSD or an official expansion card, which costs around $219.99 on Amazon.
Why do you need an expansion card?
Xbox is a next-gen gaming console, and with the new machine comes new peripherals. Another reason that might catch your attention is the limited available storage on the new consoles. While the Xbox Series X promises 1TB of internal storage, in actuality, it comes down to just 802GB of space usable for games. Additionally, the Xbox Series S desperately needs an internal storage card because after setting it up, the internal SSD storage comes down to just 364GB.
Another thing players might have noticed by now is the recent increase in the new games sizes. The Xbox Series X|S optimized games can go up to 200GB of storage space. With new titles like Cyberpunk 2077, Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, and Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2, the need for an expansion card is inevitable.
How to use an expansion card?
Using an expansion card is not rocket science. You take the card and plug it into the back of your Xbox Series X and Xbox series S gaming consoles, and you are done.
The best part about the expansion card is the portability and reliability. You can put the card in your pocket and play the same games on someone else’s Xbox, and as a cherry on top, the Seagate Storage Expansion Card comes with 1TB of available storage, which can store up to 10-15 games at once.