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Seagate will indeed release more affordable SSD for Xbox Series X and Series S soon

Rumors that surfaced last month that Microsoft and Seagate were planning to release a more affordable external SSD for the Xbox Series X and Series S game consoles have been confirmed. Portal Window Central reports that he received from an anonymous source photographs of a promotional brochure that tells about the upcoming 512 GB Seagate Storage Expansion Card.

Image source: HotHardware

Image source: HotHardware

The source of the images did not indicate the expected cost of the 512 GB drive, but did say that the photos were taken at a store in an American retail chain.

Currently, there is only one 1TB storage model available for Microsoft consoles. Its cost in the US is $ 220, in Europe – 209 euros, which is significantly more expensive than conventional M.2 PCIe 4.0 NVMe drives, which are supported by competing Sony PlayStation 5 consoles. The higher cost of drives for Microsoft consoles is explained by the monopoly on their production – only Seagate is in charge of their production – as well as the proprietary form factor of the drives themselves and the interface for connecting them.

The rumors that Microsoft and Seagate are preparing a more affordable external storage option for the Xbox Series X and Series S consoles were some French retailers who first added them to their databases and then removed any mention of them. French sellers featured the device with a price tag of 155 euros. Portal HotHardware suggests that in the US, the novelty will cost about $ 160. This, of course, is cheaper than a 1 TB model, but still more expensive than a regular NVMe drive of the same size. For example, the Samsung 980 Pro PCIe 4.0 SSD with a volume of 500 GB can be purchased today for $ 109, and the same model, but with a volume of 1 TB, for $ 179.

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