Seagate is one of the world’s leading data solutions today. Data has grown over the years in the amount that is stored creating a higher demand for more storage. Today’s data needs are more than just archiving. PC gaming and console gaming have swept the nation with better visual fidelity and more content making the game industry extremely successful. All that data comes at a cost though and with 4k gaming and larger maps has caused games to be installed and downloaded at over 50GB a game on average. Xbox now comes equipped with a 1TB hard drive but even that can fill up quickly. Seagate has taken advantage of the Xbox one due to the lack of upgradability of the internal drive. You can go for space or speed depending on your taste, and even both since the Xbox One has multiple USB ports. Today I will be looking over Seagate’s Xbox SSD Game Drive. This drive should improve load times and take full advantage of the USB 3.0 connectivity of the Xbox ONE. Let’s see if this drive can improve upon loading times for Xbox One games and proves to be a worthy external solution.
The specifications are as follows:
- Model Number – STFT512400
- Capacity – 512GB
- Warranty – 1 Year
- product Dimensions – Length (in/mm) 4.468in/113.5mm / Width (in/mm) 2.992in/76mm / Depth (in/mm) 0.378in/9.6mm / Weight (lb/kg) 0.22lb/0.1kg
- Box Dimensions – Length 5.787in/147mm / Width 4.114in/104.5mm / Depth 1.28in/32.5mm / Weight 0.408lb/0.185kg
- Xbox One® 1 SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port (required for USB 3.0 transfer speeds or backwards compatible with USB 2.0 ports at USB 2.0 transfer speeds)
Why use an SSD on the Xbox One ?
SSDs are commonly found in higher-end PCs and laptops. With no moving parts compared to traditional hard disk drives (HDDs) and much faster read and write times an SSD offers a good performance boost. If you’re tired of slow loading times and want an elite experience then the Seagate Game Drive can take advantage of flash storage which is how SSDs take advantage of speed and access quicker load times. By using flash storage your games will install and load faster.
The traditional platter Harddrive used as the internal drive in the Xbox One uses a much slower interface than even the USB 3.0 ports built in. By taking advantage of the fast transfer rates of USB 3.0 the Seagate Game Drive a bring a new level of performance to your Xbox One.
The SSD carries the right amount of logos to not be overwhelming and if you have the old Xbox One which is black fits in just nicely with the console. It will work perfectly fine with the Xbox One S I just mean in the sense of the color scheme.
The accessories include are as follows:
- Game drive
- USB 3.0 cable
- Setup Guide & Warranty
The game drive offers you the ability to expand the capacity of your console by storing 15+ games. The drive offered only has 512 GB and leaves you desiring more space and speed. This isn’t ideal though as the drive is already expensive with its current space limit. The problem here is you have to choose over using more space on a slower external drive or use the internal Xbox drive if you can’t afford other solutions.
You can archive the rest of your data on your internal or other storage solutions. This makes the Game Drive good for storing games your currently playing on it and archiving older titles to your other drives. The drive offers an easy setup solution, sleek and stylish aluminum enclosure, and best of all no extra power cable required. The slim profile gives the SSD a visually appealing look and offers easy portability.
The game drive has beautiful branding and a simple LED in the top left to indicate power. I especially love the slim green band around the drive. You can tell with the Xbox logo and black/green color scheme this was specifically designed with the Xbox in mind.
Setup is dead simple with a single USB 3.0 cable. Once plugged in your Xbox asks if you want to use the drive for media or games. If you chose games the Xbox formats the drive and becomes the ultimate extension fo your console. I’ve already installed games to this drive for testing as you can see a percentage being used above.
One thing to note is just because this drive was designed with the Xbox in mind doesn’t mean it’s excluded from other uses. This is rather an external drive for all intensive purposes. It is compatible with Windows, OS X, and Linux operating systems, but is ready to go out of the box with the Xbox One console. You can format and use this drive like any other external device. Its extreme portability makes this a great choice for any usage scenario.
With the rise of console gaming and additions of mod support slowly, I have been playing my Xbox more and more. It’s becoming a point that console gaming is merging with PC gaming and this is a good thing!
I do most of my gaming lately on the Xbox One with titles such as Resident Evil 7 and the cross-platform play with play anywhere titles. This allows you to Play either on your Windows 10 gaming PC or your Xbox.
I will test each game title using both an external 5400 RPM drive vs the Seagate Game Drive and see how much faster in time the games load. The games were tested running a standard Xbox One and I will also test a game load time with a disk and digital titles. I also want to point out that even a 5400 or 7200 RPM drive over USB 3.0 offers faster performance over the internal SATA II connection of the Xbox One.
As you can see above the SSD reduced loading times by a decent percentage. Level loading was also good and was cut in about half the time it would take over the internal hard drive. I mostly used this for games as its the best practice use in my opinion but this can be used on apps as well for an extra boost. The Game Drive definitely offers a decent boost in performance if you’re looking for faster loading times for your games.
You will notice this review is a little short but that isn’t a bad thing. The Game Drive is simple with little to write negatively about it. Its offers a simple design and is easy to setup right out of the box. It works as intended and offers a significant increase in performance for your Xbox with little effort.
At $200, this drive does offer good performance but you have to ask yourself would you rather a drive with more space that is much larger or less space but offers a slim portable design and faster access times. You can get a good 8TB now for a decent price if desired. A quick search shows me 5TB drives for a lower price than the Game Drive but offers slower speed compared to an SSD.
I think it’s critical here to think about what’s important to you and what you want to achieve. If you’re looking to increase the performance of your old Xbox One or even make the One S better then this drive will do just that. I think this creates a much-needed market for console gamers and shows the benefits of an SSD and how much faster you can expect your games and Xbox system to run. I definitely recommend this drive and you can buy it now for $200.00.(Seagate Game Drive for Xbox SSD (STFT512400))