Microsoft and Seagate have confirmed that both 2TB and 512GB versions of the Storage Expansion Cards are on the way to retail. Last month, we reported on the possibility of a 512GB version after the retail listing was leaked online. However, it seems that Microsoft and Seagate are also planning on releasing a 2TB version too. This would be double the storage space compared to the only available model on the market at the moment – the 1TB card.
Unfortunately, those looking to purchase an Xbox Series X/S Storage Expansion Card from another brand are out of luck. While Microsoft did confirm other hardware brands would release the storage solution soon after the consoles launched, no one other than Seagate has taken up the project yet. It is unclear as to why the market is empty and Seagate is the only brand making these cards.
You are going to have to fork out quite a lot of money to upgrade your Xbox Series X/S storage with these cards. The 2TB Seagate Storage Expansion costs $399 and the 512GB model is $139 (excluding tax). Thankfully, these cards simply plug into the back of your console and you never have to worry about them again. 3TB of storage is probably enough to tide you over for a few years ahead.
At the time of writing, Microsoft hasn’t confirmed a local launch for the product. However, the 1TB model did launch in SA last year and you can grab it for as low as R4,499. The 2TB model, while pricing hasn’t been confirmed yet, will most likely cost around R8-9k.
The new 512GB and 2TB models boast the same performance as the 1TB storage solution. They make use of the Xbox Velocity Architecture to deliver raw speed performance on the console.
The Storage Expansion Card uses the foundation of the Xbox Velocity Architecture. This is the custom, internal SSD delivering 2.4 GB/s of raw I/O throughput, more than 40x the throughput of Xbox One. The Seagate Storage Expansion Card was designed using the Xbox Velocity Architecture to deliver the exact same consistent, sustained performance of our internal SSD ensuring you have the exact same gameplay experience regardless of where the game resides.
The Seagate Storage Expansion Cards are the only external SSDs on market designed to leverage the Xbox Velocity Architecture and deliver the exact same performance as the internal SSD.