SSD tech offers a solid boost to load times on Xbox One, even when bottlenecked by the USB 3.0 ports you connect them up with. There are a ton of great USB SSDs on sale at the moment, from Black Friday through to Cyber Monday, but they're all a bit pricey considering all you're paying for is added convenience and sometimes an Xbox logo.

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More affordable than most Xbox SSDs

Most Xbox One USB SSDs cost an arm and a leg, combining this with a USB enclosure gives you SSD speeds without breaking the bank.

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Sabrent 2.5-Inch SATA to USB 3.0


While USB 3.0 will bottleneck the speeds of your external SSD storage today, upgrading your enclosure to USB-C or Thunderbolt will be easy moving to future consoles.

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If you fancy getting some SSD speeds without breaking the bank, it's easy to do using a standard 2.5 inch SATA SSD designed for PCs, combining it with a compatible USB 3.0 enclosure. When you plug it all in together and connect it to your Xbox One, your console (or indeed, any compatible USB device) will recognize it as standard storage, and offer to format it appropriately.

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The added benefit of doing it this way is that as future Xbox consoles upgrade their ports to USB-C or even Thunderbolt, you can simply swap the 2.5-inch SATA SSD into a new enclosure to reap the benefits of the added speed.

For Black Friday through to Cyber Monday, Western Digital is offering a discount on its own SSDs, and this SSD enclosure from Sabrent is already represents some solid value. Instead of picking up an expensive branded Seagate SSD, it's up to $90 cheaper to grab some components like the ones below and set up your own SSD storage instead.

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