One of the exciting things about the new Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S is the added wow to not only new games, but some of your existing favorites. Titles like Borderlands 3, Forza Horizon 4 and DiRT 5 are Xbox Series X|S enhanced on day one, but those upgrades come at a price.
Modern games are large and they're going getting larger, and with only 1TB inside the Xbox Series X and even less in the Series S, the solution for the newly enhanced games is the pricey Seagate Storage Expansion Card (opens in new tab) to add another 1TB of super-fast capacity to your console.
Chances are you'll want one of these and it might be worth acting quickly.
In the U.S., Amazon has already pushed its availability back to "usually ships in 8 days" at the time of writing, with the quickest arrival date currently showing to us as November 21. Microsoft is a little better, still promising free 2-3 day shipping, but as people get their consoles and very quickly fill them up, who knows how long that will last.
For a little context, we managed to fill an Xbox Series S with just five games. So even though it's pricey, if you're planning to play a lot of upgraded games — and why wouldn't you — it's probably worth getting one while you can.
Expand your Xbox
Powerful storage comes in a small package.
Microsoft and Seagate have teamed up on a compact expansion card for Xbox Series X and S consoles. It leverages the same custom SSD technology seen inside both devices, as the only expandable storage solution capable of playing next-generation games.
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I'm waiting for cheaper options and/or greater capacity expansion. I would really love to see an NVME adapter that works with th Series X expansion slot
I agree 100%. It shouldn't be that complicated to make an adapter to allow any nvme 4.0 pcie SSD to be inserted into the expansion port instead of having to use the slower 3.1 USB ports.
You don't need this right away if you are just looking for speed with backwards compatible games. I would advise everyone to watch this Digital Foundry video that hasn't yet that provides speeds of external drives. https://youtu.be/7y-Fy1Q2O2k
Yup hence saying in this very post the "the solution for the newly enhanced games" ;-) You ain't getting many Series X|S games installed on these things as I just found and begrudgingly forked out nearly the price of a Series S again.
Well, I think it will be a necessity eventually, so you are investing for the future. 😝
ONLY Series X Games (name me more than 3 that currently exist) or Series X "Enhanced" games need to reside on the "Velocity Architecture" NVME SSDs, either internal or expansion card. ALL OTHER GAMES, be they XBox OG, XBox 360, XBox One, or XBox 1X games can safely reside on an external USB HD. If it is a good one, say, USB 3 it will run MUCH FASTER than on even the 1X due to the speed of the USB 3.2 ports and the overall speed of the Series X.
You won't even miss the "instant resume" feature because most games don't support it anyway (at this time.) 98% of the games available DO NOT NEED AN SSD to run fast on the Series X. 1TB internal will last you just fine if you use an External USB HD (or SSD even) for all other types of games. Calm down. Breath. It will work fine. You have PLENTY of time to wait for price drops and competition to emerge (as it ALWAYS DOES.)
They need an SSD if you want the improved loading times, which is probably the biggest improvement the new console offers to older titles.
I'm not arguing that. We all know the Velocity Architecture SSDs will be MUCH faster to load, I'm just saying that you STILL get the other advantages on the older games like auto-HDR, much faster load times (even from a USB HDD) and other improvements so you don't NEED an external SSD expansion card right away, unless you are ADHD and ABSOLUTELY MUST jump back and forth between games like a hyperactive Jack Russell terrier on crack.
In that case, you have other issues and spending $$$ on an expansion SSD won't solve them for you, much.
I say, enjoy your new Xbox Series X (if you can get one) and don't sweat the little stuff.
Watch dogs 2
Resident evil 8
Etc, There are tons of Xbox Series enhanced/optimized games. Just because they're not first party games doesn't make them any less optimized. And there are only a handful of games that don't work with quick resume. Even OG Xbox games do it. Stop trying to downplay a great feature. If some people buy a lot of optimized games, and are huge like Call of duty, then yes the SSD will fill up pretty fast. And if an older game gets serious X updates, it has to be ran from the internal drive in order to experience the benefits of the optimization. The mileage will vary from person to person, depending on their gaming habits. But a good solution is to get a cheaper external SSD for quick storage/ transfer and have everything else on an HDD.
??? At least 3 that you listed aren't even out yet along with the patches that need to be released. Its going to be a while.
Still more than 3. Most are getting day one patches. The Falconeer, Ori, Nba2k21, Forza Horizon 4, Ark survival, Devil May cry 5, Borderlands 3, Fortnite, Sea of thieves, Enlisted, Evergate, Grounded, etc, etc......😉
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