A smaller version of the Xbox X|S storage expansion card might be on the way after being spotted in recent retail promos.
As reported by Windows Central, a 512GB version has been spotted on listings in France and US retailers. In addition to the listings, Windows Central has published an image from an anonymous source purportedly of the packing. Furthermore, the company that makes these drives—Seagate—also seem to be gearing up to reveal an SSD-based USB game drive.
Currently, the Storage Expansion Card is the only solution that also allows you to play Xbox Series X|S specific games. While you can store Xbox Series X|S enhanced games on an external drive, they usually have to be transferred to the console’s internal drive to play. This, Xbox say, is due in part to the ‘Velocity’ architecture in the bespoke NVME SSD which also features on the Expansion Card.
There’s been no official comment at the time of writing on the smaller sized Xbox Series X|S storage expansion card. Presumably, it’ll cost less than the 1TB version which launched alongside the console last year for about £199. Hopefully, we’ll hear official word soon and we’ll let you know when/if we do.
Last month, PlayStation 5 officially unlocked the ability for users to use their own SSD drives (within specification) in their latest console update.