We're already in the 2020s and Microsoft, as well as Sony, still think that their consoles can get by with measly amounts of storage space. At just 1TB and 825GB, the Xbox Series X and PS5, respectively, can't store that many games. The worst part is that both Sony and Microsoft have made it difficult and expensive to expand the storage on their consoles. However, Microsoft appears to have a more affordable solution.
According to retail promos leaked earlier this week, a 512GB expansion card from Seagate for the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S is going to release soon.
Are the 512GB Xbox Series X expansion cards confirmed?
Microsoft has not confirmed that the more affordable Xbox Series X expansion cards are coming, but the retail promo spotted by Windows Central looks legit. In addition to the standard 512GB SSD for the Xbox Series X/S, the retail promo also shows an external SSD coming. However, there was no pricing information available for both the former and the latter.
Microsoft and Sony are working closely with Seagate on additional storage options for their flagship gaming machines. Unfortunately, the ones already available from Seagate aren't cheap. For example, the 512GB version of Seagate FireCuda 530 for the PS5 retails at $169.99 and can cost as high as $1,049.99 for the 4TB version. On the other hand, the 1TB expansion card for the Xbox Series X by Seagate has an MSRP of $219.99, which isn't cheap either.
With that said, if Seagate makes a 512GB version of the expansion card for the Xbox Series X for a slightly lower price, most gamers will be more than happy. Adding an extra 512GB is a lot, especially in a world where certain video games can take up hundreds of gigabytes of storage space.
According to Window Central, Microsoft might start promoting the 512GB expansion card for the Xbox Series X/S consoles as early as next week. Because the promotional materials are already available in retailers in the United States, it's only a matter of time before Microsoft and Seagate start selling them. Unfortunately, it appears that we'll have to wait until they are officially available to know how much they cost.
We speculate that Microsoft and Seagate are waiting for the holidays. In particular, the release of Call of Duty: Vanguard and Battlefield 2042. Both of these shooters are notorious for taking up large amounts of space. It wouldn't come off as a surprise if Microsoft and Seagate end up partnering with either game's developers to help promote the drive's launch sometime during the holidays.