When the Xbox One first came out, 500GB was plenty of hard drive space. However, soon after games started creeping up in size not only on physical disc but also on digital downloads. Now with the Xbox One X, it’s not unheard of for games to top over the 100GB mark with the 4K textures and other Xbox One X Enhanced features.
In addition, the Xbox One still runs off an HDD internal hard drive. The Seagate Game Drive for Xbox isn’t something new, we previously reviewed their current 512GB SSD model and found a significant speed increase when running games from it over the Xbox’s USB 3.1 port. At E3, the company announced a new design for the Game Drive for Xbox SSD in three capacities: 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB.
“The quality of production and in-game environment for today’s game titles is off the charts,” said Jeff Fochtman, vice president of marketing for Seagate Technology. “Seagate’s Game Drive for Xbox SSD offers gamers the extra capacity for their entire library and flash-speed performance so they can jump into their games without waiting on slow menus and load times.”
When connected to your Xbox One, the Game Drive for Xbox SSD allows you to store and play games on the external hard drive. As mentioned above, we did find significant speed increases when running games from an external SSD as opposed to the original Xbox One’s internal hard drive and expect the same to be true with the new drives. In addition, the external drives make it a snap to pack up and take your game collection with you to a friend’s house to continue playing away from home.
The new Game Drive for Xbox SSDs will be available later this summer at retailers and online for an MSRP of $600 (2TB capacity), $300 (1TB capacity), and $150USD (500GB capacity).