Games are getting bigger, that is just a fact, with more and more games hitting that 100GB+ mark. The Xbox Series X and PS5 are right around the corner and come with 1TB internal SSD drives. But, it doesn’t take many 100GB games and those are full, so many people will be relying on external storage solutions. For the Xbox Series X this means the new preparatory Expansion Card, which costs an eye watering $220, even more eye watering for us in the UK who will have to pay £219 ($282). The good news is, Xbox One, 360, and OG Xbox games can be ran from any USB 3.0 storage such as a regular external HDD or a SSD, so that will be a cheaper alternative for previous gen games.
Stallion83, the man who holds 2 Guinness World Records for being the first person to reach both 1 million and 2 million Gamer Score, tested the new Expansion Card alongside a regular external HDD and SSD to see the difference in speed when transferring Destiny 2 from the console to the drive. Destiny 2 is currently 108.7GB in size, so a very large game. In a video posted to his YouTube channel he put the 3 drives to the test side by side to see the time difference, and it is pretty staggering.
Connecting the HDD to his Xbox One, SSD to his Xbox One X, and the Expansion Card to his Xbox Series X, he timed the games as they began the move process at the same time. Here are the results;
The Xbox One with the HDD took 28 minutes and 22 seconds to move the 108.7GB file, while the SSD took 21 minutes and 54 seconds, so a near 7 minute difference but still quite a long time. Finally the Xbox Series X was able to move Destiny 2 to the Expansion Card in just 3 minutes and 10 seconds, about the same time as your average radio hit. The Expansion Card transferred 85.54% faster than the SSD and 88.84% faster than the HDD.
The Xbox Series X will only be able to run Series X games from the internal SSD or the Expansion Card, while it’ll run all previous gen games on either 3 types of storage, as long as the HDD and SSD are using USB 3.0. Considering the current price of the Expansion Card it doesn’t make sense to use that storage for previous gen games, just stock up on external HDDs or SSDs and be prepared to wait, or don’t frequently move games about.