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Xbox Series X expandable storage priced and it's not that pricey

Published: 10:03, 24 September 2020
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Microsoft, Xbox Series X Storage Expansion Cards

Microsoft have lifted the veil off of one of the last remaining Xbox Series X unknowns - expandable storage. And as it turns out, 1TB of the console's SSD storage sits at $219.99.

Now, let me explain myself here, because "not that pricey" is likely to vary depending on where you live. So let's get some context here before you start chucking rocks at me. 

Best Buy have started taking preorders for Microsoft's next-gen console SSDs. Dubbed Xbox Series Seagate - 1TB Game Drive for Xbox Series X and Series S External Custom PCI Express Gen4 x2 (NVMe) Solid State Drive, it goes for $220, which viewed on its own isn't exactly cheap. 

In comparison, Samsung SSD 860 series of drives, which many PC players are pretty fond of, go from $100 to $300 in some arbitrary average. We're talking about 1TB versions, of course, so we're trying to get a realistic comparison here. 

We are not that interested in diving into every single figure for an in-depth comparison, but there are a few important things to consider. 

Firstly, it's actually moderately priced for SSDs if you're looking at them as a PC user - there are cheaper as well as pricier options on the market. 

Secondly, and this is perhaps even more important, we're talking about a specialised piece of equipment, built for Xbox Series X consoles. And if you've ever had to buy specialised equipment, and trust me that you have, you know they usually feature a hefty price premium. 

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In Microsoft's case, however, it isn't that bad and Xbox Series X is increasingly gaining the modularity of PCs, which once again reinforces the company's intentions to position it as a possibly PC-complementary device, rather than an adversary. 

You can find the listing on Best Buy .

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