Microsoft is gearing up to roll out new expandable storage cards for the Xbox Series X/S. Up to now, Seagate had an exclusive contract with the company which barred other tech brands from making and distributing storage expansion cards for the Xbox Series X/S console. However, that contract will end soon opening up new options for gamers who want to expand their console storage.
According to early listings for the Western Digital Xbox Series X/S Expandable Storage Cards, they will cost $179.99 for a 1TB model. This is a comparison to the Seagate version which costs $219.99 for the same size. Sadly, these expandable storage solutions have also remained quite expensive despite SSD storage prices significantly dropping over the past few months.
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A PS5 2TB SSD cost R9.000 – R10.000 last year and you can pick the same model up for R4.000 – R5.000 now. Microsoft’s proprietary storage cards have remained expensive since launch.
Hopefully, the new Western Digital Expandable Storage Cards for Xbox Series X/S will bring in some competition and force Seagate to drop the price of its units. At the moment, we don’t know how many different sizes Western Digital will offer gamers. However, you’ll likely get the same 512GB, 1TB and 2TB models available at cheaper rates than the Seagate brand.
Since the models were leaked over the weekend, Best Buy has removed the listings from its website. Microsoft will likely make an official announcement soon.
Source: Best Buy via web archive