Windows Central readers prefer Xbox Series X | S over PS5 when it comes to storage expansion
Storage expansion may be more expensive on the Xbox Series X and S, but our readers prefer it over Sony's solution.
Microsoft's Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S have a dramatically different method for storage expansion compared to Sony's PlayStation 5. To expand the storage on an Xbox Series X or S, you need to purchase an expensive SSD. It's simple but pricey. In contrast, you can purchase more affordable drives for the PS5, but they aren't guaranteed to work and are much harder to install than the Seagate Xbox Storage Expansion Card. These differing methods have caused a heated debate among gamers.
Our editor Richard Devine shared his thoughts claiming Microsoft made the right move when it comes to storage. Over the weekend, we ran a poll to get your thoughts on the storage wars.
Of those that voted, just under 60% of people prefer Microsoft's solution for the Xbox Series X and S. Almost 22% said that both storage options have their own benefits. Only 12.15% of voters prefer the storage solution of the PlayStation 5. Around 6.5% of our readers said that both options are bad.
Reader ladydias says that Sony deserves any confusion with its consoles:
A comment from system22 discusses the value of how simple Microsoft's solution is:
On the other side of the argument, Goncalo Duarte 1 says:
It seems like the debate will continue, though our readers certainly lean one way. We'll keep the poll open for a while to see if it trends a different way throughout the week.
As a quick note, you can actually use a normal USB storage device to expand the storage of the Xbox Series X and S. These types of drives are limited. They can be used to play backward-compatible games and Xbox One games that have not been upgraded, but to play Xbox Series X and S games and upgraded Xbox One games, you have to use the Seagate Xbox Storage Expansion Card. We break this down fully in our guide on how to expand Xbox Series X & Series S storage with an external drive.
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By Jez Corden
Sony's option: Way more variety, but added complexity. A minute or 2 for the seasoned tech enthusiast. who knows how long for the parent with zero tech experience that is helping out their kid. Let's be real about this. I work in IT. I know it's not hard at all to add an NVME drive to a device, but there are people out there that are terrified to even try. Even worse, there are people out there that will screw up the process somehow. Sony should have just placed the NVME access plate on one of the sides of the system instead of having the user pop the bottom plate off to install the unit. Wonder how many people and retail shops will add a "PS5 storage expansion installation" service? Wonder who would charge the most for it?