Seagate Expansion Card
“Designed in partnership with Xbox to seamlessly play Xbox Series X|S games from the internal SSD or the expansion card without sacrificing graphics, latency, load times or framerates.”
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It is no secret competition is good for consumers, but if ever you needed proof, take Seagate’s Storage Expansion Card for Xbox Series S|X as exhibit A.
The plug-and-play SSD, designed specifically for Microsoft’s latest-generation game consoles, launched in 2020 in a 1TB capacity priced at £220. A lofty sum for a modestly-sized drive, yet Seagate was able to attach a premium for what was then the only available option for Xbox gamers.
Fast forward the best part of three years and the arrival of long-awaited competition has had an instant effect. WD officially announced its own £149.99 1TB C50 Expansion Card just yesterday, ending Seagate’s period of exclusivity and lowering the entry point for Xbox storage add-ons.
Call it coincidence, but head over to the Amazon store today and you’ll find the original 1TB Seagate Expansion Card has dropped somewhat conveniently to £148.90 / $149.99. That’s the lowest we’ve ever seen, and a 30 per cent reduction over Seagate’s ludicrous launch price.
The 2TB model is, sadly, still hugely overpriced at nearly £350, but we’ve consulted the crystal ball and reckon prices will continue to edge downward for the remainder of 2023. WD releasing a 2TB or 4TB model would certainly help speed things along.