Xbox Series X vs. PS5 storage expansion: Which solution do you prefer?
Green or blue?
Recently, there's been a big flare-up on the internet over which gaming console is doing storage expansion the "right" way. PlayStation and Xbox have two very different approaches to this debacle.
The method Microsoft is using for the Xbox Series X and S is straightforward, though it's also expensive and devoid of freedom of choice. In short, if you want to expand your console's storage to fit more of the best Xbox games, you buy a pre-approved expansion card that's guaranteed to work with the system. That guarantee comes with a premium price tag, though.
Meanwhile, Sony's take is a little more radical: Go out and buy an SSD yourself, and maybe it'll work with the PS5. On the one hand, this allows you to pick whichever model and brand suits you (within Sony's provided parameters, that is) and fits your wallet's needs. However, not only do you not get a guarantee that the thing will work, but you also have to do some minor disassembly work on your PS5 to get the SSD in there. It's not a plug-and-play operation, which is what consoles are most famous for being.
We've already discussed the topic over here on Windows Central and, at least in the case of editor Richard Devine, have taken Microsoft's side. But that's not to say there's not a perfectly valid argument to be had for Sony's side of the debate. After all, many Sony employees had to sign off on what has ultimately become the PS5's storage expansion solution method, so there has to be logic behind it.
With that said, would you rather Sony put a stamp on pre-approved SSDs and sell them for a jacked-up price like Microsoft is doing? Do you prefer proprietary solutions (like what Sony did with its beloved PS Vita), or do you like the risk and reward of choice? Comment below and let us know.
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Because, for 500€, both consoles should have come with far more than just 1TB of storage (specially when none of them actually comes with 1TB of free space anyway).
My solution is a 12TB external USB HDD. Just swap the games I need to actively play into the internal storage when needed (which in any case is not even all games). I don't actively play that many games simultaneously anyway. It's not a big deal to swap games into and out of internal storage. No way I'm paying over $200 for only 1 TB storage.
HDDs are still the way to go for real bulk storage, which is what is needed to hold the ever growing library of games. The internal storage is for games in active rotation, not for the archive of games.
I can not wait for read horror show of how many PS5 owners bricked their consoles when they open that system to add the SSD themselves.
Don't worry, once this officially releases SSD manufacturers will run as fast as they can to market their SSDs as PS5 compatible, they are already kinda doing that and it's only in beta, so there won't be any confusion.
Seriously, if I wanted to screw with my system I'd just have bought a PC. I really like Sony games but that is just stupid.
I will agree the series x/s expanded storage is too expensive but it will come down over time. Plus I just use my portable SSD to keep all non X/S games on there and I still get the FPS boost and HDR support.
Face it, Microsoft made a better system this go around. I love people saying Sony is the "cheaper" method as well. Cheaper tends to mean not as good, so have fun with that.
Or "free" with an extended warranty added in?
Australian retailers must be a lot friendlier than the US big box stores.
US list price it's $229 for the Seagate card versus $279 for a 1TB samsung drive with heat sink. The Samsung bare drive *is* cheaper but the heat sink isn't optional. And it had better be a good one.
(So, what's the australia price of the Samsung 1TB card with Heat sink? AU$379 vs AU$300?)
Put that way, its very retailer-friendly.
The best approach might be an XBOX to CFExpress adapter.
It would still suffer the same quality control issues as Sony's approach and not save much if any money. For now CFExpress cards aren't just pricey but outright expensive.
The key problem for all these expansions is reliable data transfer speeds to allow insitu code execution.
Since the tech is leading/bleeding edge there will be a lot of variability between vendors and even between lots of the same vendor.
Add that to the reasons for MS to be less aggressive in specs and going proprietary.
Consoles need predictability.
MS kind of forgot us, they are only offering Series S, and Sony, even after leaving Brazil, still restocking PS5, in small numbers but, with a little patience you can buy, all the big stores are now listing it for pre-order, it was for october, but now changed for september.