We already know that the Microsoft Xbox Series X and S are on sale for $499 and $299 respectively. These consoles are selling out swiftly just like the competition (Sony PS5). The Xbox Series X comes with an in-built 1TB storage space. However, it is important for us to note that the available space for players is 802GB. In addition, the storage capacity of the Xbox Series S is 512GB. As of now, we do not know the available space for players on this device. While the latter is fair enough, the former can not hold many games. Microsoft claims that Xbox Series S games should take up 30% less space than Xbox Series X games.
Seagate storage expansion card is Microsoft’s solution to the lack of space in Xbox Series X and Series S. It supports PCIe 4.0 and can be directly connected to the CPU. However, this storage expansion card is not cheap. Seagate has officially released the Xbox Series X|S dedicated 1TB storage expansion card. According to the company, this card will cost 1,699 yuan ($250) in China. It will be available for purchase at the end of October 2020. This price tag is almost the retail price of the Xbox Series S. In addition, this expansion card has 920GB of free space.
Seagate official website information shows that this product is a customized PCIe Gen4×2 NVMe SSD with a maximum theoretical speed of 4GB/s. The Seagate Xbox Series X|S dedicated storage expansion card was designed by Seagate in cooperation with Microsoft. Officially, the Seagate Xbox Series X|S dedicated storage expansion card is the only one that allows players to get the same excellent Xbox Velocity architecture performance. This custom storage expansion card seamlessly synchronizes the functions of the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S built-in SSDs.
Xbox Series X is very fast – early reviews show
According to recent reviews, games on the Xbox Series X began to load three to four times faster. In particular, on Xbox One, the Control game loads in 30-38 seconds, while on XSX it takes only 9-10 seconds, and in the case of Final Fantasy XV, the difference is about six times.
Another impressive feature is the Quick resume. It allows you to quickly switch between several games, while each remains in memory. The switch is not instantaneous – it takes 5-10 seconds – but it’s still much better than what we have now. Interestingly, there is no clear limit to the number of games in memory.