The Xbox One is equipped with an internal hard drive carrying either 500 GB or 1 TB of memory, depending on the model you purchase. With triple-A titles requiring large chunks of storage, free downloadable Games with Gold every month, backwards compatible titles and memory needed for the Xbox One operating system, the on-board storage tends to fill up quickly. I’ve had to scurry to finish up games in order to make room for new ones on the hard drive. That is until I received the Seagate Game Drive for Xbox One.
Essentially, the Game Drive is a 2 TB portable hard drive with an Xbox green branded design. With an extra 2 TB of memory, players can store around 50 games. The Game Drive has an extremely small footprint — it’s roughly the same size as a portable phone charger. Its small size means it won’t look awkward next to your console, and you can easily take your games with you to a friend’s house.
The Seagate Game Drive holds around 50 games in its small package.
Setup is extremely simple. The included USB 3.0 cable connects to one of the Xbox One’s USB ports. We recommend you take advantage of the ports on the back if you’re using a Plug and Play Charger kit with your controller. Prompts on screen will ask if you want to configure the device to your Xbox One. Say yes, and your Game Drive is ready to go.
Note that your console will use the Game Drive as its default memory when its plugged in. You will have to change your settings if you wish to use the console’s internal storage while the external drive is still plugged in.
Combined with the fast USB 3.0 cable, the drive performed better than the console’s internal storage at times during our testing. Game installation went by quickly and loading in games went faster. This was impressive from such a small device that is meant just for storage.
The retail price of the Game Drive is $99.99, which is similar to other external hard drives on the market. Aside from the Xbox branding, the Game Drive isn’t really much different from those other hard drives either. Some people will think the Game Drive is the only external hard drive option for the Xbox One, but any drive will work. However, having the additional storage is necessary and the Game Drive stands out for its Xbox-themed aesthetics.
You will eventually need additional storage space for your console, and the Seagate Game Drive is the perfect solution to the Xbox One’s memory problem. The portable design and fast speeds will make it easy to find a place for it in your video game collection.
A Seagate Game Drive was provided to Gaming Illustrated by Seagate for testing purposes.
Ryan Bloom is a writer and avid gamer from Orange County. He received a B.A. in Communications with a minor in American Studies from California State University, Fullerton in 2010. Follow him on Twitter @BloomsTweets.
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