It costs $300 to upgrade the Xbox Series X and S storage - MobileSyrup
|MobileSyrup 24 Sep 2020 at 11:49|
The drive is manufactured by Seagate andworks with Xboxs Velocity system architecture to enable next-gen gaming experiences, including fast loading times and Quick Resume. For context, these super-fast Storage Expansion Cards drives facilitate many of the next-gen features Microsoft is promising with the Series X and Series S .
Users can still plug in a standard USB 3.1 external hard drive to the Series X or S, but it will only be able to play backwards compatible titles and not next-gen games that require access to the ultra-fast storage.
For what it is, the hard drive is incredibly expensive, so if you plan on having a few games installed on your console, you might want to spring for the larger Xbox Series X since it has a 1TB hard drive. The smaller Xbox Series S only features a 512GB hard drive. If you need to buy this upgrade, it brings the cost of the $379 Xbox S to roughly $679. The Xbox Series X, for comparison, is $599 in Canada.
Its hard to critique this new storage system since fast SSDs are a significant part of what makes the consoles feel next-gen, but then again, asking people to pay roughly $300 to add a terabyte of storage to a console is a steep proposition. Hopefully, in the future, as SSDs go down in price, Microsofts expensive storage option for the Series X and S will as well.