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Seagate’s Game Drive for Xbox SSD enables faster load times for seamless gaming

Data storage technology manufacturer Seagate unveiled the Seagate Game Drive for Xbox SSD, an external solid-state storage solution built specifically for Microsoft’s Xbox One console.

Pledging that the drive will “help you decimate game load times and get into the action quicker,” Seagate notes the device enables faster data transfer speeds and smoother between-level transitions than the internal hard drives bundled with retail Xbox One consoles.

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The Seagate Game Drive for Xbox SSD supplements existing Xbox One data storage solutions, allowing gamers to store up to 15 retail games and related downloadable content across its 512GB of flash memory. The device features a slim form factor and connects to Xbox One units via an included USB cable, without the need for an external power supply.

Seagate’s SSD improves load times within all Xbox One games and applications and supports data-transfer speeds up to 440MB per second. Seagate also notes that its Game Drive is designed for easy transport and can be quickly configured for use with a friend’s Xbox One unit during local multiplayer sessions.

The Xbox One’s design facilitates the storage and transport of large game files, as players can log in to their Xbox Live accounts from any Xbox One console to access their purchased content. Downloaded content stored on the Seagate Game Drive for Xbox SSD is unlocked once its user signs in to Xbox Live and remains accessible for all local players until the console is powered off.

Microsoft upgraded the Xbox One’s internal storage hardware with the launch of its redesigned Xbox One S earlier in 2016. The Xbox One S is available in 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB models, giving players with large digital collections more options for storage. While Xbox One S hard drives boast faster transfer speeds than the drives included with launch-model units, the Seagate Game Drive for Xbox SSD easily trumps all of Microsoft’s bundled internal storage solutions in terms of data-transfer rate.

The Seagate Game Drive for Xbox SSD serves as the manufacturer’s latest venture in the realm of console-specific storage devices. Seagate previously launched a Gears of War 4-themed portable hard drive offering 2TB of storage and digital codes redeemable for in-game content. The company also produces a portable SSD built for PlayStation 4 and PS3 consoles in addition to its Xbox-specific products.