Seagate debuts new line of premium Xbox One SSDs

Seagate has announced a further expansion of its line of Xbox One "Game Drives," with a new solid-state solution on its way to market. Announced at E3 2018, the new Seagate Game Drive for Xbox SSD delivers various improvements upon the first revision that launched two years ago.

The new SSDs will be offered in 2TB, 1TB, and 500GB variants and compatible on any Xbox One console over USB. These plug-and-play drives promise to cut download times across the console family, while also providing additional storage beyond your internal drive capacity. A new streamlined metallic design appears to have adopted too – closely matching Microsoft's other premium accessories.

Seagate hopes to deliver its new Game Drive SSD range this summer both through online retailers and physical stores. Pricing is currently set at $150 for the 500GB model, $300 for 1TB, and $600 for 2TB. This price point comes in reasonably high compared to other SSDs on the market, though we'll be sure to take a closer look at launch.

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  • So, If i use a game from the SSD, will it run faster even if i have a standard hard drive in the Xbox?
  • Tests have been done to show that load times are faster from an SSD than the internal or an external HDD. I used to have a 1TB SSD connected to mine, but I opted to use an 8TB HDD instead for the storage space. While the difference in load times is noticable, it's not necessarily notable. It's not instantaneous. You might be saving a second or two on a 20-30 second standard load time. The difference in load times for me isn't significant enough to warrant the prices they're asking for these.
  • It will load faster, but not by much. The USB 3.0 interface is a bottleneck that prevents the SSD from running as fast as an SSD normally would, and the real bottleneck when loading games is the CPU in the Xbox One. On a PC with a fast CPU, an SSD can dramatically increase game loading times. On my PC, which is a few years old, I can launch and get into a game of Fortnite in about 15 seconds. On the One X, getting into a game of Fortnite takes about a minute, whether its loading from a HDD or an SSD. The SSD shaves off a couple of seconds. Really not dramatic.
  • These make a much bigger difference on the original Xbox One or Xbox One S than they do on the Xbox One X. Here's a video that shows a comparison:
  • Overpriced. Get a Samsung SSD and an enclosure.
  • For those ordering right now, thank you...the rest of us will wait till Black Friday and get it for significantly cheaper...
  • For those prices I think not. But to others, they might have that kind of bread.
  • These are more expensive then the Xbox one S and X itself costs. X has 1TB onboard and I bought the console WITH the 4TB ext HD for less than the 2TB SSD costs.
  • The better option is to purchase a $40 Nyko Data bank and buy a 3.5 inch drive to put in it. I bought a 4TB Seagate hybrid SSHD for $160 in 2015, which meant I got double the storage of the $600 model for 1/3 the price. It's 6x more cost effective to do that.