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Microsoft showing off Xbox Series X's 1TB Storage Expansion Card

Published: 11:24, 18 March 2020
Xbox Series X rear panel and Storage Expansion Cards
Microsoft, Xbox Series X Storage Expansion Cards

In the wake of their bombastic presentation, Microsoft have been trickling info on Xbox Series X and its components, highlighting the hefty storage expansion cards that are being manufactured by storage specialist Seagate. Yeah, they're 1TB memory cards.

Granted, referring to Seagate's storage cards as memory cards can be a bit misleading. Memory cards are the glorified cartridges that helped keep your save games. Xbox Series X's storage cards are 2x multipliers on storage space.

Microsoft's next-gen console lists the following flagship features:

  • 12 Teraflops of power 
  • True 4K Gaming & 8K Ready 
  • Up to120 FPS
  • 1TB Custom SSD

As you can see, Xbox Series X comes with 1TB of storage out of the box, courtesy of the internal SSD. Should you need more room, though, expanding the console is as easy as plugging the card in the back.

"The Storage Expansion Card slots into the back of the Xbox Series X, expanding storage with the full speed and performance of the Xbox Velocity Architecture", they wrote. 

Seagate's Storage Expansion Cards will connect directly to the CPU via PCI Express 4.0, which translates to faster loading times and lightning-fast connections. In other words, the added storage was planned as an eventual upgrade that slots into the existing Xbox Velocity Architecture seamlessly.  

Note that the rear panel will take USB 3.1 and 3.2 external hard drives, which you can use to play Xbox, 360 and One (X) games. Xbox Series X games, however, must be run from the internal SSD or Storage Expansion Cards. 

Much like with the consoles, the only thing left to learn is the price Xbox Series X players will have to fork out for this pleasure. No 1TB SSD comes cheap, let alone one tailored for a specific system, but Microsoft's involvement makes any estimates difficult. 

We can only assume that 2TB versions are planned down the line, but we can't confirm that at the moment.

Microsoft Xbox Series X artwork showing hardware specs Xbox Series X

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