Microsoft has announced that Seagate’s 2TB and 512GB storage expansion card models for Xbox Series X / S will join the existing 1TB model before the end of the year.

As detailed on Xbox Wire, The Seagate 512GB Storage Expansion Card for Xbox Series X / S is available for pre-order today at Walmart in the US for $ 139.99 USD and will release in mid-November.

The Seagate 2TB Storage Expansion Card for Xbox Series X / S will be available for pre-order in November, cost a little more at $ 399.99 USD, and release in December. The 2TB model will also be the “next product to feature the Designed for Xbox Limited Series badge, ensuring premium product quality, performance and design”.

For comparison, the original Seagate 1TB storage expansion card for Xbox Series X / S costs $ 219.99.

One of the best aspects of these cards is the ability for users to simply plug the card into the storage expansion port on the back of their Xbox Series X / S. Users will then be able to use it like any other external storage solution. The advantage of using one of these cards over a standard external hard drive is that they are “designed to match the exact performance of the internal storage of the Xbox Series X / S”.

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This exact performance is due to the fact that they are built on the basis of the Xbox Velocity architecture. This custom SSD delivers “2.4 GB / s of raw I / O throughput, over 40 times the throughput of the Xbox One.” These cards are “the only external SSDs on the market designed to take advantage of the Xbox Velocity architecture and deliver exactly the same performance as the internal SSD.”

Since Seagate storage expansion cards use the same technology that powers the Xbox Series X / S, all games will see “significant improvements in load times” and games will be able to take full advantage of Quick Resume and more. .

Microsoft’s solution for extended storage is much simpler than the one Sony offered for the PlayStation 5, as the latter requires you to remove parts of the PS5 to install it and make sure you are using a certain SSD with a heat sink to dissipate any heat generated by it.

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Adam Bankhurst is a news editor for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Tic.

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