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Microsoft has confirmed exactly how much customers can expect to pay for its official expandable storage cards on Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S - and they do not come cheap.
The Xbox Series X has a built-in 1TB of SSD storage, while the Xbox Series S boasts a more modest 512GB. While it's not entirely clear how much of that space will be free to use, it should be more than enough for most consumers. Still, if you think you're going to want to expand that storage, you're going need to pay out a whopping $219.99 (around £170) for an additional 1TB of extra space.
You can continue to use your USB 3.1+ external hard drives on Xbox Series X & run Xbox One, 360 and OG Xbox games directly from the external USB HDD. Games optimized for Xbox Series X & Velocity Architecture need to be run from the internal SSD or the Expandable Storage Drive
- Larry Hryb (@majornelson) March 16, 2020
As reported by The Verge, a listing for the 1TB Game Drive for Xbox Series X and Series S appeared on Best Buy's website earlier this week. The product overview states that it's "the only available expansion card that replicates the Xbox Velocity Architecture - providing faster load times, richer environments, and more immersive gameplay."
The 1TB Game Drive, which has been developed as part of a collaboration between Seagate and Microsoft, allows gamers to "seamlessly" boot up and play Xbox Series X games from the drive "without sacrificing graphics, latency, load times, or framerates." It'll also come with a three-year warranty, which is the least you could hope for if you're forking out that much for it.
At present, it seems that the official drive is the only one that can correctly interface with Xbox Velocity architecture. There's a chance other companies could sell cheaper storage expansions further down the line, but this is our only option for the time being.
The Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S are set to release on November 10th, and cost £449/£250 respectively. Of course the lower-spec Series S would much sooner require the 1TB Game Drive, which would drive the price of the budget console up considerably. Something to think about if you've yet to decide which model you're going for.
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