by Adam Armstrong

WD Rolls Out WD_Black For Gaming

At Gamescom in Cologne, Germany Western Digital Corp. (WDC) announced a new portfolio of external storage solutions for PC and console gamers, its new WD_Black products. The new portfolio includes five new HDDs and SSDs purpose-built for expanding PC and console game capacity. Among the portfolio of new drives is the first-to-industry SuperSpeed USB (20Gb/s), USB 3.2 gen 2x2 port in a game drive. WD will showcase its new WD_Black portfolio at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany at Entertainment Area - Hall 10.1 | Stand E-051 and B2B Area/TRADEVISITOR PLACE - Hall 2.2 D-042.

Games are getting more complicated, come in higher resolution, and unfortunately need more capacity to store and use. While adding capacity to a PC is somewhat easier, upgrading the capacity of a console is more difficult and costly. Gamers sometimes have to delete or move games they play less in order to make room for current games or games with never ending DLC. WD is filling this need with its new WD_Black portfolio. 

The company is building off of its WD_Black SN750 NVMe SSD for its new portfolio. The new solutions come with Wester Digital quality and reliability while being built and designed for gaming storage challenges. For the SSD solutions, gamers can see boosted loading screen speeds. WD has teamed up with Microsoft, giving some of the new solutions up to three months of membership of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.

New products in the WD_Black gaming portfolio are:

  • WD_Black P10 Game Drive: 
    • HDD with up to 5TB - holds up to 125 games
    • Portable form factor with a USB 3.2 Gen 1 port
    • High-performance to optimize the console or PC gaming experience
    • Three-year limited warranty

  • WD_Black P50 Game Drive: 
    • SSD featuring a first-to-industry USB 3.2 gen 2x2 port for a game drive with speeds up to 1980MB/s
    • Up to 2TB of additional storage to keep cherished games and save new ones
    • Five-year limited warranty

  • WD_Black D10 Game Drive: 
    • HDD comes with up to 8TB capacity - holds up to 200 games
    • Speeds up to 250MB/s and rated at 7200RPM with active cooling technology
    • Three-year limited warranty

  • WD_Black D10 Game Drive for Xbox One: 
    • HDD comes with up to 12TB to save and grow an Xbox One gaming collection - holds up to 300 games
    • Included for free with purchase is a three-month membership of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate
    • Speeds up to 250MB/s and rated at 7200RPM with active cooling technology
    • Three-year limited warranty

  • WD_Black P10 Game Drive for Xbox One: 
    • HDD with up to 5TB - holds up to 125 games
    • Two-month membership of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate included with purchase, giving access to 100+ game titles on Xbox One and PC, as well as Xbox Gold Live
    • High-performance to help optimize the Xbox One gaming experience
    • Three-year limited warranty

Availability and Pricing

  • The WD_Black P10 Game Drive comes in capacities of 2TB up to 5TB and ranges from $89.99 up to $149.99 MSRP USD and is currently available.
  • The WD_Black P10 Game Drive for Xbox One will come in capacities of 3TB up to 5TB and ranges from $109.99 up to $149.99 MSRP USD. 
  • The WD_Black D10 Game Drive 8TB capacity is $199.99 MSRP USD.
  • The WD_Black D10 Game Drive for Xbox One 12TB capacity is priced at $299.95 MSRP USD. 
  • The WD_Black P10 Game Drive for Xbox One, the WD_Black D10 Game Drive and the WD_Black D10 for Xbox One will be available this quarter. The WD_Black P50 Game Drive is expected to be available in calendar Q4.  

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