Seagate is reportedly getting ready to release a cheaper 500GB storage expansion card for Xbox Series X|S consoles to complement the 1TB model currently priced at $220. The French blog XboxSquad (via Video Games Chronicle) shared a screenshot of an internal listing from French retailer Micromania showing the new Seagate card.
According to the screenshot, the 500GB Seagate Extension card for Xbox Series X|S consoles will be priced at €154.99 in Europe (the 1TB model is €249.99), and it’s listed with a November 14 release date.
The existing 1TB Seagate Expansion Card uses a new proprietary port on the back of Xbox Series X|S consoles, and it supports the same Xbox Velocity Architecture as the consoles’ internal NVMe SSDs. Games optimized for Xbox Series X|S consoles can only be launched from the consoles’ internal hard drive or a Seagate Expansion card, but the 1TB model probably remains too expensive for most gamers.
It remains to be seen if other manufacturers than Seagate will release their own Storage Expansion cards for Xbox Series X|S consoles at some point. If Microsoft’s proprietary plug-and-play technology is currently really easy to use, Sony went a different way with its PlayStation 5, allowing gamers to install M.2 SSDs inside the console. This is good for competition, but the installation process isn’t exactly seamless for consumers who also need to make sure to purchase a compatible M.2 SSD.