After years of waiting, another company has started to produce storage expansion cards for the XBOX Series X|S. Western Digital is now competing with Seagate, and the company’s initial offerings are far more affordable than the competition. WD’s drives are priced at $79.99 and $149.99.
The downside is that the expansion cards are still relatively small when it comes to capacity. As of right now, Western Digital only offers 500GB and 1TB models. If you want 2TB, Seagate currently offers a card that is $279.99.
Like Seagate’s version, the Western Digital cards allow you to store and play games made specifically for the Series X without having to transfer them to the console’s internal storage:
“The WD_BLACK C50 Expansion Card for Xbox leverages the Xbox Velocity Architecture and delivers similar performance as your Xbox Series X|S internal storage for a seamless experience with your favorite games.”
What’s funny is that I reported on affordable memory back at the tail end of 2021. It took a year and a half from that point for us to finally get drives that were under $100. Meanwhile, affordable SSD expansion options have been available for the PlayStation 5 for some time. However, the process of adding a new drive to the PS5 requires the removal of a side panel rather than XBOX’s plug-and-play route.
At least we’re finally in a period where all versions of the competing consoles are easy to find in stores. Not only did the XBOX Series X|S and PS5 suffer from shortage, but scalpers made the situation much worse. Even the Seagate expansion cards for the XBOX were showing up on Facebook Marketplace at inflated prices: $800+ for the console and $300+ for the memory. Ugh.
If you’re looking to move from Seagate to Western Digital, check out the new expansion card specs below:
- 1TB WDBMPH0010BNC
- Operating Temperature: 23°F to 131°F [-5°C to 55°C] Non-Operating Temperature: -4°F to 185°F [-20°C to 85°C]
- LENGTH: 55.6 mm | 2.19″
WIDTH: 31.6 mm | 1.24″
HEIGHT: 7.7 mm | 0.30″
WEIGHT (WITH CAP): 25.0g | 0.056 lbs
- LIMITED WARRANTY: 5 Years
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