Microsoft has chosen American storage company Seagate as its exclusive partner in the production of dedicated expansion drives in its new generation consoles, Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X, and despite the fact that a number of enthusiasts Modding Talented have already proven that there is potential to bypass the use of those expensive official products, most consumers will likely prefer to avoid such adventures - and so the next good news is the one that comes to us now, with the expansion of the dedicated branded offering.
Game Drive SSD Seagate's new exterior joins many and varied external mechanical drives marketed by the company for Microsoft consoles, with volumes of up to 5 terabytes and unique editions with Halo-inspired designs (and Cyberpunk 2077, still considered a nascent masterpiece). The only flash model in the updated family will be based on a standard USB 3.2 Gen.1 connection at a maximum theoretical speed of 5Gbps and will be offered in a volume of only one terabyte in the first phase, with a black design combined with a bright green mouth at the bottom and a logo Xbox Embedded proudly at the top - very similar to the latest hard drive drives, but with physical dimensions and weight significantly reduced of course.
This branded storage drive will be offered with a recommended price tag of $ 170 (it's time to mention that many terabytes, internally and externally configured SSDs are available at about half that price), as like all other USB storage drives it will not be able to play games Xbox Series X directly from it but only store them in it - while playing games Xbox One, Xbox 360 andXbox Genuine pastors will be able to operate directly without having to move and install them on top of the internal storage array of the latest consoles.
Another line that could be much more significant for the Xbox people is the launch of a pair of additional volumes for the dedicated expansion units of the consolesXbox One S andXbox One X - those that go into the CFexpress connection in the product body and support the running of up-to-date games directly (as a practical extension to the internal storage volume in the system), and not just in their storage. So far these expansion drives have been offered to consumers in just one terabyte, with a particularly high recommended price tag of $ 250 which has dropped to $ 220 recently - but from the middle of next month they will also be available in a more modest 512GB volume for a recommended price of $ 140 and from the beginning of December in a volume of 2 terabytes at an official price of $ 400.
These prices are still more expensive than we would have hoped for, among other things in comparison to NVMe drives in the PCI-Express 4.0 generation that will meet all of Sony's official expansion requirements for PlayStation 5 consoles (including body Cooling Metallic and continuous speeds of more than 5,000 megabytes per second) which are currently available at prices of just under $ 150 for one terabyte and about $ 300 for 2 terabytes - but adding variety is a small first step In the right direction from the side Microsoft Office, As we continue to hope that she will be educated to open the competition and give more companies the approval and permission to market means storage Official for its gaming systems.