The 512 GB Xbox Series S hard drive is designed to keep costs down, Microsoft confirms.
Platform tech and hardware director Liz Hamren confirmed in the leaked Xbox press conference that the 512GB limit is to keep the price of the Xbox Series S console down – specifically $ 299 / $ 249.
“If we move to SSD technology, we get much, much higher performance, but of course that performance comes at a higher cost. Of course, more storage is always better, so we tried to reduce the size of the storage drive and the cost and ourselves to reconcile.” landed on 512[GB]”explains Hamren.
“The S Series also supports the Seagate expansion card, and you can always plug in your USB 3.1
Now note the USB 3.1 reference there. The current Xbox One X and Xbox One S consoles are compatible with external USB 3.0 hard drives. Does that mean you may not be able to work with the Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X?
Rumor has it that the Seagate expansion card Hamren is talking about starts at $ 220 for a 1TB card, which would quickly drive the price of the Xbox Series S plus one card to the price of the Xbox Series X.
We’ll have to wait for the official Seagate expansion prices to come to a decision, of course, but it’s interesting how much of a difference switching to faster SSD storage makes for price.
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