As previously announced, Microsoft Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S game consoles will be sold for $499 and $299 respectively. The Xbox Series X will receive a 1TB SSD, of which users will have access to about 800GB. The Xbox Series S will have a 512GB SSD. Microsoft says the Xbox Series S should take up to 30% less space than the older console.
In order to expand the space available for installing and running next-gen games, users will be offered a 1TB Seagate gaming drive. Previously, it was already available for pre-order in the U.S. for $220. However, this price will not be available in all countries. In most of all, the price will be more expensive. The least fortunate for Xbox fans in China, where an external SSD for the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S was priced at $250.
It also finally became known that this expansion card has 920GB of free space. Obviously, there is more space on an external drive at the same declared capacity, since the internal SSD takes up a lot of space on the operating system. Information from the official Seagate website confirms that this is a PCIe Gen4x2 NVMe SSD with a theoretical maximum speed of 4 GB/s. This is so far the only accessory that will allow players to get the same great performance as the internal drive.
According to the latest information, Xbox Series X games have started to load three to four times faster. Specifically, the Xbox One Control game boots in 30-38 seconds, the Xbox Series X game boots in just 9-10 seconds, and in the case of Final Fantasy XV, the difference is almost six times.
Another interesting feature is the quick resume of the game. It allows you to switch between several games, while each game remains in memory, switching takes only 5-10 seconds.