Seagate announces Game Drive for Xbox external drive for growing storage troubles

Even on-disc games are requiring heftier installs, meaning storage is likely becoming an issue for Xbox One owners. Hardware manufacturer Seagate is pouncing on this growing problem by announcing the first external hard drive for Xbox One that's officially licensed by Microsoft.

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There are new Xbox One games being released with every passing week. Just this week alone, users have been presented with a chance to download and install up to 30 different Rare games. With many new releases also receiving hefty patches and DLC add-ons, storage space is likely running very low. That's why hard drive manufacturer Seagate is stepping in to address a growing area of concern by partnering up with Microsoft for a new solution.

During this year's Gamescom, Seagate unveiled a new storage solution for Xbox One users called Game Drive for Xbox. This is a 2TB external hard drive designed for the Xbox One and Xbox 360, as well as the first of these peripherals to be officially licensed by Microsoft. The hard drive will come with no extra frills like cloud backup, since it's simply meant for plug-and-play Xbox storage. Seagate is also touting the ability to bring the device along to a friend's Xbox One console and use any games contained inside by signing into the proper Gamertag. The hard drive will come with a USB 3.0 cable to hook up to the console, at which point it can be formatted through the Xbox One UI.

The Game Drive for Xbox is coming soon and is set to retail for $109.99.

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      August 5, 2015 6:35 AM

      If you need a drive that will absolutely positively fail, go with a name you can trust, Seagate.

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        August 5, 2015 6:58 AM

        I've been Seagate free for 14 years and haven't had a personal drive fail since. Coincidence?

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          August 5, 2015 9:58 AM

          I've had two WD drives die on me and one Seagate. I still buy WD though...

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            August 5, 2015 10:16 AM

            I buy almost exclusively WD for hard disks these days, either Blacks or Reds. I've had very good luck with both personally. Seagate used to be great and what I recommended to everyone but somewhere around the time they bought Maxtor the quality went to crap and a lot of the ones I had sold to people started dying.

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        August 5, 2015 7:00 AM

        no shit, every one I've had has failed within a year

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        August 5, 2015 11:18 AM

        come on man, you know better than this.

        EVERYBODY has that one brand that ALWAYS FAILS, and yet every person's brand is different from the next :D

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          August 5, 2015 12:33 PM

          Oddly, I've never had a hard drive fail. I still have a ~20MB drive from the 80s that, last time I plugged it in, still worked and had data on it.

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          August 5, 2015 5:19 PM

          Nope, I'm not better than that. ;)

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      August 5, 2015 7:51 AM

      What is the current volume limit for XBox hard disks? 4TB?

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      August 5, 2015 7:58 AM

      I picked up one of these and have been really happy with it. The ports in the front are worth it alone.

      http://www.collectiveminds.ca/cm00111.html

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      August 5, 2015 7:59 AM

      Side Jack: do external drives work for ps4?

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        August 5, 2015 9:59 AM

        Nope.

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        August 5, 2015 10:00 AM

        Uh let me clarify, yes for storage only, no to play games off of it.

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          August 5, 2015 10:25 AM

          On the bright side, it's pretty easy to swap out the hard drive in a PS4. Have a 2TB drive in mine now.

          Downside, having to redownload everything afterwards.

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            August 5, 2015 10:34 AM

            Yep I swapped my launch 500gb out for a 2tb also. A couple of screws. Took 5 minutes.

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      August 5, 2015 10:59 AM

      For those who are interested in what drives totally and completely suck and those that don't:
      https://www.backblaze.com/blog/best-hard-drive/