Even as technology advances to provide us with more convenient ways of owning and storing games and other media, there is still a large group who can’t imagine going digital-only. They want to admire their vibrant display of video game cases every time they look up at their shelves and desks.
Call these people old-fashioned, but there’s just something about opening a physical case with a disc and game manual inside that feels right. The fact that you can actually trade, share, and sell physical games and not digital ones is also a big plus.
But for those of you who prefer the advantages that come with storing game titles digitally, chances are you have already realized the setback that comes with ditching discs. Of course, we’re talking about limited storage space, which every gamer who owns a 500GB Xbox One will come to know sooner or later.
And this is where something like the Seagate Game Drive for Xbox One comes into play.
Xbox One owners don’t have all that much storage space. And the fact that the average title weighs in at around 35 to 50GB means that just about every Xbox One user will require an external hard drive if they want to avoid the hassle of installing games to make room.
There are plenty of other Xbox One hard drive options also worth looking into. You’ll see them in our comparison of the Seagate Game Drive for Xbox One versus other hard drives. Still, the Seagate Game Drive is certainly worth your hard-earned cash—especially if you want something that offers convenience, style, and, of course, plenty of additional Xbox One storage space.
About the Seagate Game Drive for Xbox One
The Seagate Game Drive adds extra storage for your Xbox One and Xbox 360
No one has a problem when they learn about developers working hard to provide us with bigger worlds, better graphics, and an overall experience that pushes today’s technology to the limit.
It also doesn’t bother most of us when companies do their best to trim down their consoles so we get something that truly feels next-gen but doesn’t leave a gaping hole in our wallet.
After all, it was only about a decade ago that Sony had to endure a very shaky start for its PlayStation 3 console, which launched with a jaw dropping price tag of between $500 and $800, depending on where you lived.
For this reason, both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 initially released with a 500GB hard drive, which seemed like plenty at first, but gamers are quickly realizing that it isn’t enough. The Seagate Game Drive for Xbox quadruples that via 2TB of storage—an ample amount of space that could very well last you the rest of this console generation.
How many more games is that, you ask? Let’s find out by looking at some of the most popular 2015 Xbox One titles. The install size are as follows: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (50GB), Mortal Kombat X (36GB), and Batman: Arkham Knight (45GB). Based on these, the average Xbox One game is 43GB, which means Seagate’s 2TB hard drive will offer you room for roughly 45 more titles.
What are the features of Seagate Game Drive for Xbox?
The Seagate Game Drive for Xbox One has USB 3.0 support
The Seagate Game Drive for Xbox features USB 3.0 support, which means it is capable of transferring data at up to 5 GB/s; 10 times faster than a USB 2.0 device. This newer technology is also more energy efficient, since it allows devices to conserve power when idle. Since USB 3.0 uses two unidirectional data paths for receiving data and transmitting simultaneously, you’ll also have more bandwidth.
So what does this do for your Xbox One gaming experience? Faster speeds mean your games will run smoothly even though it is played from an external device and not a disc or internal storage. Loading screens will also move quicker and download times will be cut down, which is perfect for those of us with less patience.
Plug and play
One of the features Seagate is promoting with this new device is the ability to easily connect the drive to your Xbox One and start playing without the need for installation or setup. This allows you to take your library of games, apps, and other media to a friend’s console without a single problem.
Microsoft’s Larry Hryb, also known as Major Nelson, praised the device for this feature:
“…the plug-and-play functionality gives you instant power up. It’s small enough to slip into your pocket or backpack and doesn’t need a separate power cord. The Xbox automatically detects your drive and walks you through a hassle-free setup process that will have your drive game-ready in minutes.”
Your console will also let you name your Game Drive to give it a more personal feel. Of course, much more useful is the ability to enter login credentials, so only you can access the content—no matter what Xbox One it is plugged into. Signing into the hard drive is also very fast and easy.
Seagate Game Drive is portable and stylish
There are many external hard drives on the market today that are big, clunky, and anything but portable. Seagate instead made sure its Game Drive for Xbox could be effortlessly transported to a friend’s house, dorm, or wherever by making it small enough to fit in your average pocket. Also worth mentioning is the device is powered through the USB port itself and thus doesn’t require an extra AC cord.
Not the most critical factor, but one that some do care about, this device was designed to make your entertainment center look even better while sitting next to your Xbox console. It not only sports an attractive green color which matches the color of Xbox One cases and logo, but it also has the logo itself on it. Again, it’s a feature least likely to affect your gaming experience but there’s no denying how good it looks connected to the next-gen console it was made for.
The price of the Seagate Game Drive
At the current price for the Seagate Game Drive, you’re basically paying a fair amount for every 500GB of space. The Seagate Game Drive for Xbox is not the most affordable external hard drive you can find, but it’s also not a bad deal when you think about it. The average price of other 2TB external hard drives we recommend—that are also USB 3.0 and portable—is about $85.
However, we will admit that perhaps the only major difference between Seagate’s device and the recommended hard drives is its look. If you want to save yourself a few dollars on the purchase of a portable 2TB USB 3.0 hard drive, even if it comes in a boring shade of black, there are other great choices. You can see more details about these other devices in our comparison section further down.
Note: Seagate offers a 1-year warranty with the purchase of its device.
It’s compatible with Xbox 360
Seagate’s Game Drive for Xbox is also compatible with USB 2.0 ports, which means it will work perfectly with your Xbox 360. Although backwards compatibility was just announced for Xbox One this past E3, there are still many of us who have held onto our last-gen Microsoft console so we can play games we missed or can’t get enough of.
Since Xbox 360 games tend to be significantly smaller in terms of install size when compared to Xbox One titles, you’ll further be able to store a lot more games. The big budget titles fall between 5 and 7GB, allowing you to potentially store hundreds of Xbox 360 titles on your Seagate hard drive.
How the Seagate Game Drive for Xbox compares to other Hard Drives
To make sure Seagate’s Game Drive for Xbox is the perfect external hard drive for you, we’ve decided to compare it with other leading devices often recommended for Xbox One. This way, you’ll know if there is another hard drive out there you’d rather invest in depending on price, features, look, and more.
It is no surprise that the first series of hard drives we’ll be comparing the Seagate Game Drive for Xbox to is also manufactured by Seagate.
This American-founded company has led the way when it comes to providing the best data storage devices in the world.
The Expansion series makes available four different sizes of external hard drive: 2TB, 3TB, 4TB, and 5TB. While we feel that 2TB is enough to satisfy the average Xbox One gamer for many years to come, you may beg to differ.
The other sizes come at a great price if you’re planning on packing your console with all the games, movies, shows, music, and other content your heart desires.
Seagate’s Expansion hard drives also support USB 3.0, which means quick install and load times. They are also backward compatible, and thus will function perfectly with any devices using USB 2.0 ports. This includes desktops, laptops, and Xbox 360 consoles.
If there’s one area that the Game Drive for Xbox does have this Seagate Expansion series beat, it’s in size and portability. The 2TB, 3TB, 4TB, and 5TB models all come with some hefty dimensions in comparison. Not only that—they require a power plug outlet to be powered up instead of getting energy through the USB cable itself.
These hard drives aren’t the ugliest, but they also won’t catch anyone’s attention. The design on them is more interesting than the plain color you’ll find on a typical external hard drive, but it doesn’t compare to the cool green look of the Game Drive for Xbox.
In case you didn’t notice when we mentioned the price of each Seagate Expansion model size, the 2TB version is at the time of this writing, less than what you’d pay for the Seagate Game Drive for Xbox. The fact that the 3TB version offers an entire terabyte of more space for less than what the Seagate Game Drive offers means this series definitely has the Drive beat when it comes to price.
Reception and other features
Seagate’s Expansion series currently boasts an impressive rating on Amazon, based on customer reviews. With the majority of customers giving it 5 stars, you know you’re purchasing a product that others didn’t regret picking up themselves. A 1-year warranty is included with the purchase of these devices.
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A consistent top seller on Amazon, the My Passport Ultra series is very popular for delivering great variety when it comes to models, features, color schemes, and more. They are made by Western Digital, another big name in the hard drive market.
Four different sizes are available: 500GB, 1TB, 2TB, and 3TB. You’ll often find us recommending the 2TB models since they’re the perfect middle ground for both casual gamers, who buy a few games a year, and those who use their Xbox One as their center for all things entertainment.
Just like the Seagate Game Drive for Xbox, every WD My Passport Ultra device boasts lightning fast USB 3.0 technology. With transfer speeds of 5 GB/s, you can expect download, install, and loading times to be much faster than ever before.
Seagate and Western Digital’s drives are both neck and neck when it comes to size: the Game Drive’s dimensions are 4.3 x 3.2 x 0.9 inches, while the My Passport Ultra is 4.6 x 3.2 x 0.6 inches. This means they are both small enough to fit in just about any storage compartment—including your back pocket.
Western Digital actually did a decent job of giving us a few attractive color schemes to choose from. Aside from Black, there’s also Blue, White, and Berry. In our opinion, they’re still not as neat as the Game Drive’s look, but the variety of colors is welcome.
Currently, a 2TB My Passport Ultra Portable is a bit less than the Seagate Game Drive for Xbox One, which isn’t a big deal. Seeing as the 3TB version of the WD My Passport Portable External Hard Drive costs quite a bit more, we’d say the Seagate Game Drive for Xbox and Western Digital My Passport are pretty even when it comes to price of their 2TB versions.
Reception and other features
Western Digital’s My Passport Ultra drives have one of the best Amazon ratings out there based on customer reviews—most customers give them 5 stars. These devices can also be purchased with a grip pack that comes in five different color schemes and helps protect your device from wear and tear.
Last, but certainly not least, Western Digital offers an amazing 3-year limited warranty with the purchase of their products.
With perhaps the best customer review score of all the external hard drives we’re covering, Toshiba clearly outdid itself when designing the Canvio Basics hard drives. If you’re on a tight budget but still want a device you can count on for years to come, look no further.
One of the reasons the Canvio Basics series has such a high Amazon rating from thousands of reviews is due to the number of available sizes. You can choose from a 500GB, 750GB, 1TB, 1.5TB, and 2TB, all of which are competitively priced.
These portable hard drives make use of USB 3.0 technology, guaranteeing the smoothest experience possible while playing Xbox One games and other content.
Like the Game Drive for Xbox, these are very easy to use, since they also require no software installation or power cable. You just plug the device into your Xbox One console and start playing in no time. They are also small enough to fit in the palm of your hand.
Toshiba didn’t really care to make different color schemes available, which means you’re stuck with one color to select. While some people don’t mind (and even prefer) black, in our opinion it’s not as attractive as the Game Drive for Xbox’s sleek green design.
The Canvio Basics series blows Seagate’s Game Drive for Xbox out of the water when it comes to cost. You can get the 2TB model for a bit less, saving yourself a fair amount of money for the same amount of storage.
Toshiba’s devices are, hands-down, the better choice—if all you care about is the size of the payment you have to make.
Reception and other features
As we’ve already mentioned, this series of hard drives has a phenomenal Amazon rating from thousands of customer reviews. Toshiba also throws in a 1-year limited warranty on their devices, which is more than welcome.
While not the most portable drives on this list since they’re big and require a power cable, Western Digital’s My Book 2 series deserves to be on this list for giving customers the most bang for their buck via the 3TB model.
The My Book series makes four different sizes of storage available: 2TB, 3TB, 4TB, and 6TB. Suffice to say, Western Digital has you covered if you really want to expand your storage space. As you’ll see why in the price section, we definitely recommend going for the 3TB if you are already considering getting the Game Drive for Xbox.
In case you haven’t noticed already, we wouldn’t recommend an external hard drive that doesn’t support USB 3.0. The My Book series is no different, as every mode comes with 3.0 technology.
This is where the Game Drive for Xbox gains the upper hand in comparison to these Western Digital drives. They are not only the biggest and heaviest of all the devices on this list, but also require to be plugged into a power outlet to function.
If you absolutely must have an external hard drive you can stick in your jeans pocket, bag, or other small compartment, these might not be the best choice.
The only thing the My Book drives have going for them in terms of looks is that they have kind of a rounded front instead of being square. Other than that, you’re getting a black device that isn’t horrible to look at, but also doesn’t visually improve your entertainment center.
While the 2TB version of Western Digital’s devices cost the same as Seagate’s Game Drive for Xbox, it only takes one look at the price tag on the 3TB My Book to know what the best choice is.
At the WD My Book Hard Drive’s current price, you’re getting an entire extra terabyte for only a bit more than the Game Drive’s 2TB price. If you don’t mind sacrificing a bit of portability for a lot more storage, picking up the 3TB My Book is a no-brainer.
Reception and other features
If you plan to one day use your external hard drive for computer use, a My Book is a good choice, since it comes with WD SmartWare Pro automatic backup software, hardware encryption, and password protection.
The Amazon ratings are really good from all the customer reviews. According to comments left by purchasers, Western Digital offers a 2-year warranty when you buy any of these devices.
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