Sometimes tech enthusiasts overlook the steep asking price for a product simply because its intended purpose is unique, and when you dip said products into heavily congested markets, they either submit to the competition (Google Pixel) or rise to fame and attain what all brands would love to grab a piece of - luxury product-like status (Apple iPhones). Sorry, this was not supposed to be an MBA masterclass, albeit, we really need to take a step back and understand why Seagate’s expansion card is so damn expensive!
Frankly, the pricing of this storage expansion is a red flag. Enough to deter the most enthusiast buyers. So, is there any value in plonking this to the rear of your new generation Xbox or should you simply buy another console for the same price (ahem, Nintendo Switch)?
If you’re rocking the latest Xbox Series X or S this expansion card is the only option you have to increase the storage capacity of your console. You won’t need an MBA masterclass to use this. Simply unbox it and plug it into the dedicated port on your console. That’s it!
Once it’s slotted, the expansion card will work just like the internal drive. That means you’ll be able to use the Quick Resume feature and switch between games seamlessly. We’ve tried it and it works as advertised. In addition to having 1TB of storage you also get rapid load times. Games load as fast as the Xbox’s internal storage. There’s actually no difference in how you use your Xbox Series X or S. Even if you remove the card while cleaning your system, putting it back will give you access to all the games you’ve installed on it without any hassle. Seems like an Apple product now doesn’t it?
That’s precisely why the steep asking price. It’s monkey-easy to use and the benefits of Xbox’s Velocity architecture are here too. It’s also the only storage expansion option available that works as good as the internal storage. If you use any other storage drive via the USB port, it won’t let you play games off it. You can store your Series X and S games on it but if you want to play them, you’ll have to shift them to the internal SSD before playing. Even then, it’s still a great option to pick one of the many external storage drives for your shiny new Xbox if you don’t want to spend ₹24K for just 1TB of storage expansion. Stocking up games on external storage drives is easier than downloading them again and again.
Obviously, Seagate’s Storage Expansion Card doesn’t pass the checkpoint of top recommendations for an Xbox Series X or S simply because of the steep asking price but if you’re swimming in gold and have Ambani on speed dial then, by all means, the storage expansion is great! Compared to the PS5’s storage expansion, the Xbox is a lot easier to use but once Sony enables the storage slot for use through future firmware updates, any recommended NVMe SSD drive can slot it and work just as good. We’ll just have to wait and see how many compatible SSDs do work with Sony’s console and how many get approved by Sony.
Unlike Sony, Microsoft has chosen to go with a proprietary storage expansion slot. This means that the price of the storage expansion card might remain high for the most part. It’s a custom build expansion card and it will not have any competitors if Microsoft wishes. This means your only option is to go for this Seagate expansion card if you want to have an easy-going gaming experience. Obviously, much of it to do with Microsoft’s future to provide customers with alternatives like cloud gaming and platform choice among PC, console and cloud. Two of which don’t have proprietary storage issues. Honestly, though, the 802GB of internal storage is more than enough in my opinion and you can read about it more in my full review of the Series X. If you’re serious about more storage then, and then only this Seagate expansion card will tempt you. That is after you’ve considered and disliked the possibility of offloading games to an external drive.