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Xbox Series X will have expandable storage through custom 1 TB cards

Microsoft detailed the total Xbox Series X {hardware} specs on Monday, confirming the nuts and bolts of the next-gen Xbox’s CPU, GPU, RAM, and inside storage — the latter of which is a 1 TB customized NVMe solid-state drive. That drive will allow quick loading instances, but it surely additionally presents a problem: 1 TB isn’t a lot storage nowadays, particularly as current-generation video games balloon nicely past 100 GB.

Microsoft’s reply to that’s the Xbox Series X Storage Expansion Card, a proprietary {hardware} resolution being developed with Seagate. According to Seagate, these 1 TB growth playing cards will replicate “the full speed and performance of the Series X’s internal storage.” The again of the Xbox Series X has a port devoted to those Storage Expansion Cards, however the Series X can even settle for exterior USB arduous drives. Xbox Series X video games might be backed as much as a USB drive, however customers should set up them to the console’s inside SSD or a Storage Expansion Card to play them. This additionally applies for Xbox One video games that get “optimized for Xbox Series X” updates, similar to Gears 5 — Microsoft says these enhanced video games can’t be performed off of a USB drive if customers need “optimal performance.”

Neither Seagate nor Microsoft revealed specs on the Xbox Series X Storage Expansion Card (aside from to say its efficiency “matches internal storage exactly”). The firms additionally didn’t disclose the value for these Storage Expansion Cards. We ought to word that 1 TB NVMe SSDs price round $100 or extra, pointing to a probably costly storage growth card.

In February, after we acquired a peek behind an Xbox Series X prototype, the port that accepts Xbox Series X Storage Expansion Cards was noticed for the primary time. The port was imagined to have been suitable with the CFexpress format, a high-capacity, high-speed storage possibility. According to Digital Foundry’s hands-on analysis of the Xbox Series X, the Storage Expansion Card is successfully an NVMe interface machine encased inside a chunky heatsink to maintain it cool. The playing cards will supply some degree of portability between Xbox Series X gadgets, letting gamers copy full video games to the cardboard to maneuver them from console to console.

The Xbox Series X is slated to launch throughout vacation 2020.

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