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Increasing PS5 and Xbox Series X/S Storage – Best External SSDs Available

It’s now possible to upgrade your Xbox Series X storage, and we’ll soon be able to upgrade our PS5 storage too. Here are the best external SSDs available.

According to recent reports, Sony is planning a patch that will allow PS5 owners to add additional storage space for all their games. The patch is said to be coming this summer, but Sony is yet to officially verify this.

It’s already possible to buy the relevant upgrades for the PS5. They just can’t be used with the console yet.

However, when it comes to the Xbox Series X/S, we’re good to go! The additional storage devices are available and most work like a charm. Here’s what you need to know.

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Xbox Series X Additional Storage – Seagate Expansion Card

The Seagate Expansion Card for the Xbox Series X/S is remarkably easy to use. Like older Xbox memory card devices, it simply slots into the console, updates, and is ready to go.

It offers an additional 1TB of storage space and is priced at $219.99. In the UK it’s also £219.99, meaning Brits get stiffed somewhat on the price due to the exchange rate.

On either side of the Atlantic, it’s a pricey piece of kit. 219.99 dollars or pounds is expensive for 1TB of memory in 2021.

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A cheaper option may be Samsung’s T7 Touch. This offers half the memory (500GB) for around £97/$79, which is more reasonable. It may also provide more than enough additional storage for many gamers.

However, the officially licensed Seagate Expansion Card has one killer feature. At this point, it’s the only additional storage device that can play games that are installed on it natively.

All other devices, like the Samsung T7, can store the data, but can’t run the software on the Xbox Series X/S. Instead, games can only run from the built-in SSD.

Seagate’s device however, can run games just as well as the console’s original SSD. This alone may be worth the price of admission.

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Best External Storage Device for PS5

Of course, we have a few months to wait until we can upgrade our PS5 storage space. But each console already has space to install an additional SSD, which is a nice move by Sony.

It offers more flexibility than Microsoft’s design, but at least Xbox owners could take advantage of theirs from day one.

The one that caught our eye was Crucial’s 4TB X6 external SSD. It carries a hefty price tag of $489.95 – which is as much as the actual PS5 console.

However, 4TB of space means it’s likely to be the only external SSD you’ll ever need. So, it may be a worthwhile investment for those who require a lot of space.

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No external SSD can run PS5 games, so space is really the only thing that matters. Sony is yet to create an additional drive that mimics the capabilities of Seagate’s Xbox Expansion Card.

This may be something the patch does in summer, but we'll need to wait and see. We hope so, because really, we don't see much point in additional storage if we can't use it to run the software it houses.

There are cheaper options, such as Samsung SSD T5. This offers 500GB for the reasonable price of under $90, which should keep most players going for a while.  

In other PS5 news,  Sony announced their new PSVR2 plans on and confirmed that more free games would be coming to PS Plus and the PS Plus Library in the future.

Sony also plans to help PS5 stock levels increase. After the news that the shortage could go on until summer.

However, we’ve created the Ultimate Guide to securing a PS5 through Walmart in 2021.

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Timothy Germann

Thursday 11th of March 2021

"All other devices, like the Samsung T7, can store the data, but can’t run the software on the Xbox Series X/S. Instead, games can only run from the built-in SSD."

Actually, this is only true for games optimized to run on the series X. You can still use an external SSD to directly play legacy xbox games on the SeriesX. In fact, its'a a good way to port your old games to the new system.

E Healey

Sunday 7th of March 2021

I went with a 1tb 3D NAND NVMe Internal SSD M.2 in a USB 3.1 Gen 2 10Gbps Enclosure and will plug it in a back usb port. Total cost was $130 from amazon. Fastest solution possible. Will test if usb c or just usb is faster but it shouldn't matter both are high speed.