Consoles have a huge limitation when compared to PCs. No, it’s not just CPU power, it’s the storage space. With games getting larger and larger, especially with the push for 4K gaming, the middling 1TB drive that all Xbox One X consoles ship with is not enough. If you have all the games in the Halo: The Master Chief Collection installed with the 4K update, that'll take up 87GB right there. Halo 5 takes up a further 99GB and Gears of War 4 is sitting at about 112GB. Red Dead Redemption 2 recently released and caused a bit of a stir when the download size was revealed to be 107GB. Forza Horizon 4 seems reasonable at “only” 63GB. Just those five games take up 468GB combined! With game recordings, screenshots, and the monthly Games with Gold offerings, that 1TB drive that seemed so large a few months ago, just won’t be enough now.
That’s where Seagate’s external hard drive comes in. This peripheral takes advantage of modern console OS features that allow you to expand storage via external USB 3.0 hard drives. The Xbox One family of consoles supports up to 8TB drives, but even that may be overkill (ed - for now). Simply unbox the drive, plug it in, and voila, you have a ton of extra space to play with. It really is that simple.
...the drive is necessary as, unlike the PS4, the Xbox is completely, irresponsibly difficult to upgrade if you want to swap out the internal drive.
...the drive sports an appropriate Xbox-green case - slightly less neon than the Xbox splash screens - but it fits in with the brand.
Grumpy Old Man who still collects toys (THEY. ARE. NOT. DOLLS), PC Gamer lured to the Dark Side of console gaming, comic book reader and fan of all things pop culture.
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1 November 2018
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