Xbox Series S 364GB free storage allows for “next gen” budget gaming at a catch

Xbox Series S 364GB free storage allows for “next gen” budget gaming at a catch


All it takes is Call of Duty : Warzone to fill it up and 1 month

The Xbox Series S is definitely the most appealing Xbox in the line up this fall, it allows next-gen budget gaming on the fly for just 299$ / 299€ however there is one small problem regarding this console and that is the storage. Can you mitigate and keep it in budget? For sure see how below

With Gamepass we can quickly fill up any of the next generation consoles storage faster than before and in this article, we will discuss the ways we can mitigate this issue to keep you in the 299$ budget despite the storage issues.

If we take a look at some of the upcoming games coming out this fall we will see that we will quickly fill up this 364GB PCI-E 4.0 drive with just a couple of games.

Let’s start with Call of Duty and Assassin’s Creed Vallhala as an example the game is going to be a huge game, there’s no doubt about that. the question of how big was recently answered to be 50GB and of course this is just the base game, further into the lifecycle of this game with the DLC it could potentially arrive at 90GB.

Let’s take a look at a 2nd example with Call of Duty Black Ops : Cold War. The single-player campaign is 85GB pairing with the multiplayer it easily reaches 130GB of consumed storage, with just these two games we are already using 180GB and that’s not even counting Warzone which should be an additional 82GB.

If you want to increase your next generation game storage you’ll have to shell out for 220$ / 220€ for the expansion card… And most likely you will have to buy it in the next 2-3 months if you keep up with game releases.

Let’s take the following example of a Call of Duty player who enjoys playing some of the latest releases from Ubisoft like AC: V, Immortals Fenyx Rising, and Watch Dogs Legion :

  • Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War – 85GB

  • Call of Duty : Warzone – 83GB

  • Assassin’s Creed Vallhala – 50gb

  • Immortals Fenyx Rising  – 30GB

  • Watch Dogs Legion – 45GB

At this moment we are at 293GB already filled up leaving just 71GB free for one additional medium size game and a couple of indie games. So with this problem on our hands how can we mitigate this without shelling out for the 220€/$ expansion card? While Xbox allows you to expand your internal storage. Sony on the other hand will not support this on day one

The answer is using SATA SSDs for old backward compatible games like Call of Duty: Warzone, Gears of War 5, Halo Master Chief Collection, and many more GamePass games, this allows you to have more storage and get to have faster speeds than when compared to the previous hard drives featured on the older consoles.

Additionally, you can buy an old HDD to use as “cold storage” for next-generation games and rotate it between the internal drive and this HDD when you are not playing it. Sure it’s annoying to switching around games but at least saves you 220$ in the process

SATA SSDs are the middle group of storage right now. You can get a 1TB for less than 120 euros and as we stated above will allow you to have better overall speeds on backward compatible titles when compared to the HDD.

One of the few things you have to take into consideration when purchasing these SATA SSDs or the o is the fact that you will need to purchase an enclosure to put them, once you have that figure out you’ll connect it directly to the console USB.

If you opt for the older HDDs, you will be avoiding spending more but won’t benefit in terms of storage speed.

To close things off, is it possible to start the generation for 299$ with enough storage? For sure, the Xbox Series S is a great deal! However, it requires some jiggling from the user around next-generation games where you will have to transfer games between cold storage and the internal drive.

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Pedro Relvas

Editor Chief. Having previous experience in the industry as a games journalist for the past 5 years, Pedro started this new project with the team to deliver our take on the Gaming Industry. Fan of SP/MP games and a huge World of Warcraft nerd. Contact me at : [email protected]

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