Until recently, the Seagate 1TB Expansion Card SSD was the only way for Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S players to expand their internal console storage, granting the ability to store more current generation games that are optimized for the latest consoles. That's changed now, as Seagate is bringing in new 512GB and 2TB models.
This announcement lines up with prior reports that indicated more options would be coming soon. Preorders for the 512GB Seagate Storage Expansion Card are now available, so if you've got the money, you can go ahead and grab one. It's a smaller card, which means you won't be able to store as many games as if you grabbed the 1TB or 2TB models, but it's also much cheaper, meaning it's likely more affordable for the average user.
This is important because more and more games are being made exclusively for current-generation consoles, including big first-party Xbox titles. If you want to natively play games like Bethesda Game Studios' Starfield or Arkane Austin's Redfall, you'll need to have plenty of space.
A cheaper storage expansion
Microsoft and Seagate's custom NVMe SSD card is the only external storage capable of playing Xbox Series X and Series S titles. It's now available in a 512GB format at a much cheaper price, so you can store more games without breaking your wallet.
Xbox Series X|S Seagate 512GB Expansion Card: Price and where to buy
The 512GB Seagate Storage Expansion Card is $140, meaning it is the cheapest way to expand your Xbox Series X|S internal storage and play more of the latest games. Preorders are available exclusively at Walmart right now but we're expecting additional retailers to be added as time goes on. Preorders for the 2TB card are scheduled to go online in November.
The 1TB model, which has been available since the launch of the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, fluctuates in price a bit. Technically, the full retail price is $220 but you can often find it $20 to $30 cheaper if you look around. The 2TB model is easily the most expensive at $400, though it also grants the most expanded storage.
Xbox Series X|S Seagate 512GB Expansion Card: Release date
The 512GB Expansion Card is slated to launch at some point in mid-November 2021. There's no exact date right now, meaning it's possible some orders may ship at slightly different times. Meanwhile, the 2TB Expansion Card is currently scheduled to ship at some point in December 2021.
If you urgently need more storage space, we recommend going ahead and ordering the 1TB card instead.
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.
Get the Windows Central Newsletter
All the latest news, reviews, and guides for Windows and Xbox diehards.