Xbox Series X SSD storage may soon be more affordable
And even before those Black Friday sales
New technology is always expensive, and the same goes for the latest and greatest console hardware from Xbox and PlayStation. But new reports suggest that the SSD storage expansion on the Xbox Series X could be about to come for a decent amount of money.
SSD or solid state drive storage is much faster than your typical hard drive but more expensive for the same amount of digital space. What can further complicate matters on Xbox Series X/S consoles is that you also get different performance from an SSD external drive and an SSD expansion card (the latter is better but more costly).
One of the best options so far has been the official Seagate 1TB expansion card, which currently has a suggested price of $220 / £200 (about AU$300). That’s pretty much to fall for a console accessory, especially if the device has set you back $499 / £449 / AU$749.
Fortunately, new information from Windows Central suggests that smaller (and therefore more budget-friendly) options will be available soon, including a 512GB card from Seagate. While pricing details have yet to be leaked, we think this card will likely sell for around $120 / £110, or just over half the price of a 1TB card.
We’ll be the first to admit that this is still not a cheap add-on, but at least it will give you a second option if 1TB seems like too much. With Black Friday 2021 fast approaching, a big bargain in SSD storage expansions, especially older options, may be worth the wait and seek.
Analysis: Are SSDs worth the hype?
Even with the rumoredly cheaper SSD expansion card, you’ll want to consider it if you want to increase the available storage of your Xbox Series X. So, is it really worth the cost?
If you’re after the best gaming experience you can get, then probably yes.
Most of us will get used to your typical hard drive storage on the devices we use. To drive HDDs there will be spinning components that can read or write data at a rate based on how fast their parts are moving. While this means HDD speeds will have a lower cap, HDDs can offer more storage at a lower cost than alternatives.
SSDs, on the other hand, don’t move at all. Instead, they rely on NAND flash memory; The more NAND memory chips an SSD has, the more storage capacity it has. Thanks to recent advances, SSDs have been able to pack more NAND chips than ever before, finally allowing them to offer the capacities that HDDs can offer without an excessive premium.
Higher read and write speeds mean your games can launch much faster and load new domains much faster. If you care about making the most of your time while gaming, you’ll want to use SSDs, but if you’re not that bothered, you may find them a bit too expensive compared to HDD alternatives – it all comes down to personal preference. the end of the day.