Western Digital and Microsoft have joined to provide storage expansion cards for the versatile Xbox Series X/S following a leak. For owners of Xbox Series X/S, Western Digital has finally released its expandable storage cards. This is a substantial break from Xbox and Seagate’s previous exclusive collaboration on official storage expansion. Western Digital’s memory expansion cards for the Xbox Series X/S consoles have been formally introduced, bringing huge market competitiveness. For Xbox Series S / X consoles, Western Digital is now selling its own 512GB and 1TB expansion cards.
Two storage capacities of the C50 storage extension cards will be offered: 500GB for $79.99 and 1TB for $149.99. Both configurations are now available at Best Buy and on the Western Digital website. The expansion card may be preordered for release on July 7, 2023, in various shops, including Amazon. The 512GB card from Western Digital is $10 less than Seagate’s, but the 1TB variants are priced the same at retail.
The WD_Black C50 upgrade cards offer a modern, industrial look that matches WD’s recognizable aesthetic. Users must insert the card into an additional console port to use their straightforward, ready-to-use installation method. The games on the supplementary card will use the same Xbox Velocity technology, providing fluid gameplay interactions with tools like Quick Resume and blazingly rapid download speeds. Due to their reasonable price and reliable performance, these expansion packs offer Xbox Series X|S owners a welcome option for expanding their game library and extra space for storage.
Expandable storage cards from Western Digital and Seagate are compatible with the Microsoft Xbox Series X|S and employ their own formats to match internal SSD performance. Xbox games from the current generation can be installed more easily on external USB 3.0 SSDs, but for best performance, they must be transferred to an internal SSD or storage expansion card. For the Xbox Series X and S consoles, Microsoft opted for proprietary storage, which makes extending capacity highly user-friendly at the expense of more expensive storage.
In addition, WD offers a warranty that is five years long as opposed to Seagate’s three. Gamers should weigh factors like price, warranty, and individual storage needs while deciding between the two.