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Seagate Storage Expansion Card for Xbox Series X|S Review

| September 24, 2021
Company: Seagate
Type: Hardware
MSRP: $219.99

Somewhere in our virtual world, our games have become absolutely massive. You’d think at this point our current-gen systems would just come with a TON of space, but that would get pricey, making our already expensive consoles exponentially more costly. Thankfully, we have companies like Seagate who will let us upgrade our storage when we are ready with products like the Seagate Storage Expansion Card for Xbox Series X|S.

Between Fortnite, Call of Duty, Elder Scrolls Online and Destiny 2, my Xbox Series X space was getting tight. I was reluctant to try out an external hard drive because I didn’t want to deal with the inconvenience of moving games on and off of it when I wanted to switch to a new favourite. At that point, I may as well just uninstall and reinstall like I have been for ages. But all of that has changed with the Seagate Storage Expansion Card for Xbox Series X|S.

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Nothing in my gaming career has been easier than using this expansion card. I figured there would be some trick, something I needed to fiddle with, to get it working. I plugged it in, and it was ready to go. That’s it. Just like a USB stick, pop it in the slot in the back of the Series X, and you’re good to go. I thought I’d done something wrong, but nope, it worked perfectly.

Moving games to and from the Seagate Storage Expansion Card is just as simple. Head into the Storage menu, select the game you want to move, and select the card. It is as easy as that, and the transfer is quick. In just a couple of minutes, I had moved Fortnite over to the expansion card and back again with no issues.

“Load times for games on the Seagate Storage Expansion Card for Series X|S were faster than directly from the Xbox Series X.”

When using it, I expected playing games directly from the card to perform less than perfectly, which would make sense. To my surprise, load times for games on the Seagate Storage Expansion Card for Series X|S were faster than directly from the Xbox Series X. Loading Fortnite from my main hub to the start screen took 14 seconds from the system itself. When loading from the card, it took only 12 seconds. It’s not a huge improvement, but I was shocked that there was an improvement at all.

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My only complaint about the 1 TB card is the price. It retails around $219.99, when you can purchase a 4 TB external drive from Seagate for $119. Four times the storage for $100 less is tempting. However, it remains to be seen if that extra 3 TB of space is worth the added hassle of an external hard drive. Nothing will be easier than the Seagate Storage Expansion Card for Xbox Series X|S, unless, of course, Xbox comes out with a new console and hard drive.

So, yes, the Expansion Card is a bit pricey, but I would wholeheartedly recommend forking out the extra cash just for the ease-of-use alone. If you’re someone that needs an insane amount of game storage, this may not be the solution for you. But if 1 TB will be enough, there is nothing I can recommend more than the Seagate Storage Expansion Card for Xbox Series X|S. Spoil yourself!

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