Western Digital has decided to officially compete with Seagate in the Xbox expansion memory card market to announce The 512GB and 1TB models are suitable for Xbox Series X/S consoles and cost $79.99 and $149.99 respectively.
The new cards were spotted on the website of one of the stores back in early April, and then Seagate decided to quickly respond to a competitor’s attack by lowering the prices of its own counterparts: a 512GB card fell in price to 89 $.99 and a 1TB model for $149.99. Even now, Western Digital’s offering turned out to be $10 cheaper than Seagate’s.
The arrival of a second major player in the Xbox storage market is exciting news. Until now, console memory cards have been expensive as the only manufacturer that could afford to charge $219.99 for a 1TB model was Seagate. But even at $149.99, these drives aren’t exactly cheap: SSDs for PCIe 4.0 can now be found for under $100 for the same 1TB.
Perhaps part of the blame for this lies with Microsoft, which installed proprietary connectors on the Xbox. However, Sony has opted for the standard M.2 2280 form factor and PlayStation 5 owners are free to choose from all the offerings that are on the market.