New Seagate 512 GB Xbox Series X|S storage cards leak via U.S. retail promos

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New Seagate Storage (Image credit: Jez Corden | Windows Central)

Seagate Expansion Card

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What you need to know

  • Xbox Series X|S storage can be expanded with a 1TB card from Seagate, but it's a bit pricey.
  • Recently, we were sent exclusive promo materials confirming a cheaper 512GB option.
  • The new 512GB Xbox storage card will likely appear in time for the 2021 holiday season.

One of the most contentious aspects of the new Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S consoles is the storage situation. The new NVME SSDs give us the fastest Xbox console loading speed in history, taking games like GTAV down from almost two minutes of initial loading time down to mere seconds. However, both consoles come with relatively restrictive storage options, with 512 GB on the Xbox Series S, and 1TB on the Xbox Series X. While that was great initially, game download sizes are becoming crazily huge, with games like Call of Duty and Halo Infinite approaching or even breaking the 100GB mark.

There is a solution for Xbox. The best Xbox Series X and S SSD available right now is the Seagate official 1TB expansion card. Unfortunately, being CFExpress, it's quite expensive, hitting $220 on average. There may be cheaper options on the way.

Recently, retail listings appeared in France teasing a 512GB Xbox storage expansion card from Seagate, designed for the new-gen consoles. This would undoubtedly be far cheaper than the 1TB option currently available, perhaps even roughly half as expensive, given that it has half of the storage. Thanks to an anonymous tip-off, we recently received, it seems that those storage solutions could be coming in time for the holiday period.

It seems Seagate will begin promoting their new 512GB Xbox storage expansion card from as early as next week, as promotional materials have begun showing up in U.S. retailers. In addition to the 512GB expansion card which essentially boosts your internal storage, Seagate is also gearing up to offer a USB-based SSD deep storage solution, which will allow you to store games separately from the internal storage pool. While you won't be able to run new-gen games from this USB-based expansion, moving them from the USB SSD to your internal SSD will be faster than downloading them all over again, potentially.

As of writing, there's no word on how much these storage solutions will cost, but we'll be sure to update you as and when Seagate and Microsoft make these new accessories official.

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  • We need more be vendors to offer these so prices go down through competition. 1 TB isn't really enough.
  • I thought they originally said more vendors would be able to produce these in time. I would love to see other options as well. Haven't heard anything official on this in a long time...
  • Wish there was another memory slot in the xbox
  • The expansion card is hot swappable. You could buy a second card and switch them out when needed.
  • I don't think Microsoft has much incentive to change their strategy. The new consoles are still relatively difficult to come by and storage becomes a nonissue for their Cloud Gaming customers. That said, I really wish they sold an NVMe to CFExpress adaptor for enthusiasts and let us pick our own SSDs. I have some spare Samsung 980's that would be great for this.
  • I think the reason they aren't doing this is for the sake of consistent performance. I think they said all external hard drives have minimum specs that must be met.
  • Apparently you can I think. I’m sure Microsoft will patch it to prevent their customers from not going bakrupt. But from what I understand…you can use a CFExpress adaptor with certain NVMe M2 PCIe 3.0 (or higher?) to get around the disgusting $220 pricetag that Microsoft negotiated with seagate. Look into it. The CFE’s go for $52 on eBay. And supposedly they fit into the expansion slot. The console recognizes a drive (but not it’s name etc). But it should theoretically give you the speed needed to play optimized games. I’m also looking into ways to use a PCIe NVMe M2 SSD card within a USB-C 3.2 container. Of course XB purposely f’ed us by NOT providing a USB-C port in addition to only 1 HDMI port. But with a fast enough SSD usb-c 3.2 to usb-a port…10Gbps might be enough to use an external. If not… …then I’m looking into HDMI splitters and even what’s involved in replacing one of XB’s 3 usb-a ports by soldering a USB-C 3.2 or thunderbolt port into its internals. I have no idea if that’s possible. But I’m not giving any more money to those aholes. They should’ve stopped the scalpers 1 yr ago and made better controllers than their pathetic elite 2 that breaks every 6months. I bet they even paid collectiveMinds not to produce paddle attachments for the new controller—unlike PS5 which already has affordable mods.
  • The consoles (Series X in particular) are still not readily available, where you can just walk into a store and pick one up, or order online at will. Storage is still a secondary problem for now.
  • It isn't for those of us that own them.
  • Good to have another option at least. I'm waiting for a 2-4 TB option
  • Samw here, man.
  • WTF!!! I'm waiting for a bigger storage option, not a smaller one!!!!
  • OK sure, but what about those people who are on a tighter budget, specifically those who bought the Series S?
  • Keep in mind that when the Series X launched, even iFixit said the SSD in the Xbox was about as good as it gets at that price point. So, it's not like thumb-sized 2TB NVME drives are all that common at a decent price. Add the chip shortage on top of that and it is no wonder Microsoft has shifted focus to the cloud.