The Xbox Series X and S comes with 500 GB and 1 TB SSD for high-performance gaming. Though the inbuilt storage sounds pretty sufficient initially, you might end up wanting more storage when it comes to gaming.
Of the 1 TB of storage space, only 802 GB in the Series X is actually usable. The Series S, being an All-Digital console, the actual usable storage space at 364 GB is much lesser.
Games such as Call of Duty Infinite Warfare, Gears of War 4, Call of Duty Black Ops 3, Red Dead Redemption, etc take up more than 100 GB each. Having 3 or 4 of these high-end games easily eats up almost half of your Xbox SSD storage (almost all of the space in the case of Series S).
Why is SSD storage so important for the Xbox Series S and Series X? It is simply because the SSD storage plays a very important role in making the Xbox Series X and Series S the high-performance machines they are. Having an adequate amount of SSD storage (even after installing games) is necessary for a smooth gameplay experience.
This is where the Xbox Storage Expansion Card for Series X and S kicks in. It is a simple, compact, quick plug and play solution to combat the potential storage issue that Xbox gamers may face.
As the Xbox Storage Expansion card is created exclusively for the Series S and X, it matches the speed and performance of the internal SSD storage. This means that the games will have the same loading time and gameplay experience as you get with the internal storage.
The Xbox storage expansion card also acts as an on-the-go option for transferring games. Since the storage expansion card is made of NVMe SSD, it is insanely fast in transferring games to and from the Xbox Series S and X. It is a good option to quickly copy and take a few games with you on the move.
Should You Buy an Xbox Storage Expansion Card ?
The Xbox Storage Expansion card is more of a good to have accessory than a must-have one. For most of the Xbox users, owning the Xbox Storage Expansion card will be decided by the amount of budget set aside for their gaming niche.
Currently, the storage expansion card comes at $220 which is close to half the cost of the Series X, and close to the $300 price tag of the Series S.
If you are an avid gamer with an extra $220 saved for your gaming niche, by all means, go ahead and buy the Seagate
If you do not have enough budget to afford one and still want some additional memory, we would recommend that you wait a little longer. Currently, the only provider for the Xbox Storage Expansion card is Seagate. More manufacturers are expected to come up with their own versions, and this could bring down the price considerably.
For those of you who need some additional storage and can’t wait for the price to go down, there are alternatives such as the WD Black Hard drive (5 TB) which you can get for $119. But, the downside with USB hard drives is that they are nowhere close to the NVMe SSDs in terms of performance.