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.
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.