Microsoft is reportedly preparing to launch its own new and cheaper Xbox expandable storage option than other manufacturers. A new Western Digital 1TB expansion card for the Xbox Series S/X console has been spotted on Best Buy, an e-commerce website in the US and Canada, priced at $179.99 (roughly Rs. 14,900), reports The Verge.
The tech giant first introduced the Xbox Expandable Storage Card almost three years ago with its Xbox Series S/X consoles. The 1TB card was priced at $219.99 (roughly Rs. 23,499 in India) and was made exclusively by Seagate.
The new approach toward cheap storage cards may be because the PlayStation 5’s rival gaming console ecosystem includes storage cards that cost much less than Seagate’s Xbox storage cards. Because of that, there is some criticism from the gamer community that Microsoft is working on new ones instead of reducing the price of existing storage cards.
The listing for the Western Digital C50 1TB Storage Expansion Card is no longer available at Best Buy. However, it means that the new expansion card is coming sooner or later. But it’s still overpriced at $179.99. Even though the upcoming WD card is likely to be $40 cheaper than Seagate’s card, it’s no match for the Samsung 980 Pro 1TB PCIe Gen4 drive which currently costs $79.99 in the US. In India, you can get the Samsung drive for around Rs 11,000.
It is essential that there is a second Xbox expandable storage manufacturer, as this will help stabilize costs. However, it’s unclear when Western Digital’s new 1TB expansion card for Xbox will be available, the report said.
Last month, the tech giant kicked off its Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and PC Game Pass subscription platforms, allowing users to try the service for $1 the first month before upgrading to more expensive plans.
– Written with inputs from IANS
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