What you need to know
- Right now, there only exists a $220 dollar internal storage option for the Xbox Series X|S.
- Xbox fans have been waiting for a cheaper option for some time, and there might be one on the way.
- XboxSquad.fr reports that a wholesale retailer has listed a 500GB Xbox Seagate storage card that is roughly half as expensive, slated for November 14, 2021.
The Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S consoles have been here for almost a year, and one of the headline features is a super-speedy SSD. With up to 1TB as standard, the Xbox Series X|S console storage can be expanded with a convenient, albeit pricey Xbox storage card from Seagate, which costs an eye-watering $220 as of writing.
Since the card's launch, Xbox fans have been clamoring for a cheaper option, and one website has claimed that may soon be on the way.
According to a report from XboxSquad.fr, a listing for a 500GB SSD option from Seagate has appeared on wholesale retailer Innelec's internal systems. The listing suggests this costs around 125 euros, making it cost roughly half that of the 1TB version, as you might expect.
Update: XboxSquad also posted a separate listing from French retailer Micromania suggesting a November 14, 2021 launch date for a 512GB card expansion, costing around $150.
While we haven't been able to independently verify whether or not this card actually exists, it makes plenty of sense. Having a cheaper option available in time for the holiday season could be a good earner for Microsoft, making it a pretty good option for gifts and so on. The expansion card would also drop in time for massively-sized upcoming games like Halo Infinite, Call of Duty: Vanguard, and Battlefield 2042.
We've reached out to Microsoft to find out if they can confirm or debunk this retail listing. Either way, it's best to take it with a pinch of salt until we get something official or more concrete. Retail listings aren't always the best sources of information, but this particular one seems promising.
Right now, the cheapest way to expand your Xbox Series X|S storage is to use an external USB SSD/HDD and move the games to and from your internal Xbox storage. The process is cumbersome, but it can save you quite a bit of cash. If you want to give that a try, take a look at our roundup of best external SSDs for Xbox Series X and S.
The Seagate NVME for Xbox Series X|S is currently the only way to expand your internal Xbox storage capacity. It's pricey, but it's fast, convenient, and adds a lot of space for that ballooning game library.
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