The big picture: Microsoft has announced two new size options for Xbox Series storage development, and they're once again reminding customers that the latest NVMe storage is still pricey. Prices are reminiscent of the days of custom Xbox 360 hard drives and PlayStation Vita memory cards, but how good are the alternatives on the market today?
The ad on Xbox Wire shows a choice of 512GB and 2TB Seagate Xbox Series X and S expansion cards, priced at $140 and $400, respectively. They join the 1 TB card available for $220.
Seagate's temporary exclusive contract to manufacture Xbox SSD expansion cards can easily be cited as the reason for the label shock. It may be reminiscent of some days when the Xbox 360 hard drive expansion with PlayStation 3 compatibility didn't match up well with some PC hard drives. PlayStation 5 has similar performance, as Sony recently revealed support for M.2 PC SSDs.
< p> The price of PCIe 4 NVMe-ready SSDs, among the most recommended for the PS5, is almost identical to that of the Xbox. It was released this month, but it's more expensive than Xbox cards. The difference is that PCs and PS5 SSDs are more than twice as fast on paper for the same price. The question is what is the difference between the actual performance.
Xbox Series expansion cards are rated at 2.4 Gb/s. The PS5's internal SSD is around 5GB/s, which is Sony's minimum recommendation for upgrading an SSD. PC SSDs are about the same price as Xbox cards with a read speed of 7GB/s, including the 980 Pro. Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart on the SSD subsystem required by Sony. The overall performance seems to be only slightly damaged. One of the games that can only be compared to new consoles and comparable to PS5 and Xbox Series is The Medium, and tests have shown that it actually loads twice as fast on Xbox than PlayStation.
It's still early days for PS5 and Xbox Series games. These tests can only prove that games have not yet used the solid state drives (SSDs) of the new consoles. The difference between the two may well appear in the coming years, and anyone who spends $400 on a 2TB SSD is likely to use it for a long time.
Without mentioning the developments that are still ongoing. For PC, we haven't yet seen games that use the Microsoft DirectStorage API, and we've heard very little about future RTX I/O from Nvidia.
New Xbox SSDs: $400 for 2TB of dedicated storage