Are you running out of space on your Xbox? If so, don’t worry, as Microsoft recently announced a 2TB upgrade solution
. This upgrade comes in the shape of a Seagate-powered expansion card – one of two soon to be available for both Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S
consoles. Set to cost just a penny shy of $400, a more affordable 512GB version has also been unveiled. It’s available to pre-order now and officially hits shelves mid-November.
Storage space for Xbox owners is increasingly at a premium. It’s a particularly pertinent issue as Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate
continue to make it possible for gamers to expand their libraries like never before. Add in four generations of cross-compatibility on Series X and Series S consoles alike, and there are thousands of titles now available to choose from and play.
With that, Microsoft has ensured that customers have the storage capacity they need to maintain huge libraries of games.
Microsoft Joins Forces With Seagate
Microsoft previously announced
its upcoming close collaboration with Seagate back at the combined launch of the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S. Said to be focused on supporting next-generation storage needs, the partnership has now yielded a pair of all-new expansion cards.
Seagate, the company says, helps the world store more data and harness its potential. They use a combination of breakthrough cloud storage services, systems, hard drives, solid-state drives, end-to-end data management solutions, and more.
With that, and as a part of Designed for Xbox
, Microsoft, alongside Seagate, proudly unveiled a choice of two 512GB and 2TB storage expansion cards. These cards are tailored exclusively to Series X and Series S console owners.
512GB Xbox Storage Expansion Card
Microsoft, it seems, is saving the best for last. They’re launching the 512GB storage expansion card ahead of the 2TB version by several weeks.
The 512GB Xbox storage expansion card created in collaboration with Seagate is available to pre-order now, exclusively from Walmart. The smaller of the two upgrade solutions costs $139.99, and buyers can expect to receive their orders starting in mid-November.
2TB Xbox Storage Expansion Card
Meanwhile, the significantly higher capacity 2TB storage expansion card created by Seagate for Xbox won’t be available until the first 512GB cards have shipped. Microsoft has suggested that pre-orders should be possible from around the start of the third week of November.
Expect to pay $399.99, with the first 2TB cards likely reaching customers in early December.
Designed for Xbox Limited Series
The costlier 2TB version will also be Microsoft’s next product to feature its exclusive Designed for Xbox Limited Series badge. According to Microsoft, Designed for Xbox Limited Series designation guarantees premium product quality and ensures a high level of both performance and design.
How to Install
Installing either of Microsoft’s new Xbox storage expansion cards looks to be a breeze. A first peek at the pair shows that they plug into the existing storage expansion ports on the back of both Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S consoles.
Once up and running, Xbox owners with either card can then:
- Choose to install games on the expansion card by default
- Play games directly from either the 512GB or 2TB card
- Move or copy games between local and additional storage
- Do anything previously possible with an external hard drive
On which note, all of this comes with one major benefit over having to employ an external drive. That’s because Microsoft and Seagate’s new Designed for Xbox expansion cards are constructed to perfectly match the exact performance of the internal storage of both Series X and Series S consoles.
Microsoft Xbox Warranty
While waiting for the first 512GB and 2TB Xbox storage expansion cards to land, why not lock in the peace of mind of an extended warranty for your console? A choice of two- and three-year Xbox warranty
packages are available from Upsie
, each priced at up to 70 percent less than coverage sold elsewhere.
Upsie cuts out the middleman and passes the savings on to you, all while providing comparable or superior coverage. Benefits of all of Upsie’s video gaming warranty solutions include protection against power failures, mechanical faults, and hard drive issues.
Coverage from Upsie also includes comprehensive accident protection. It’s designed to safeguard against damage resulting from drops, liquid spills, and all manner of other eventualities. All-important accidental damage protection is something that’s never included in the standard limited warranties granted by manufacturers. All too often, it’s explicitly omitted from other extended warranty providers’ policies as well.
Accordingly, extended games console warranty coverage from Upsie isn’t just more affordable; it’s also invariably more comprehensive than even significantly costlier solutions, including those offered by manufacturers and retailers. Expert local repairs are available as and when needed, too, all for the price of Upsie’s industry-leading low deductible of just $25.
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