October 31st, 2016 by Adam Armstrong
Seagate Announces SSD For Xbox
Today Seagate announced that it would be releasing a portable SSD for Xbox. The new drive will offer gamers faster load and boot times and comes with Xbox branding making it fit right in with any model of Xbox One or Xbox 360. The drive is compact and can allow users to store several games for portability and faster performance.
Last year Seagate released its Game Drive for Xbox with upwards of 4TB. While this drive delivers 4-8 times the capacity of an Xbox One and several times the capacity of an Xbox 360 (in either case the capacity varies by model), it did not deliver a performance increase. The new Seagate Game Drive for Xbox SSD comes with 512GB of capacity (about 15 games or doubling the size of a standard Xbox One at 500GB) and a performance increase to boot.
Using Seagate's new SSD, gamers will be able to get through the initial load quicker (from the disk, downloads will see internet speeds as the bottleneck), and will be able to load levels faster. If players want to work through an entire campaign they will be able to load levels faster compounding the benefit (this is especially beneficial for games where one dies frequently while adjusting to game play such as with Mafia 3, Gears of War 4, and Dark Souls 3). The SSD will also be of benefit to games with especially long load times such as Forza Horizon 3.
The drive not only matches the design of an Xbox it is also pre=formatted, so users only need to plug it in and they can start playing. 512GB may not seem like a huge amount of space (Quantum Break for example can take up to 121GB in space). So instead of moving all of the games currently owned onto the SSD, players need only to move the games that are being played at the moment or the ones that feature larger campaigns where the benefits can be fully felt. Other games can be moved onto cheaper storage media like the Seagate Game Drive for Xbox 4TB.
Availability and pricing
The Seagate Game Drive for Xbox SSD is expecting to be available in November, making it a good holiday present for any gamers looking for more space. The drive comes with a MRSP of $199.99.