Xbox One news has been coming in at a furious pace in the past few months or so. We’ve seen the announcement of game streaming to and from an Xbox One with a Windows PC, a customizable “Elite” gaming controller, a fresh 1TB Halo 5 bundle, and an upcoming Windows 10 infusion for the Xbox One’s UI.
Now Seagate is jumping on the Xbox One bandwagon with its $109.99 Game Drive for Xbox, which adds an additional 2TB of storage space. The drive seems to be aimed at gamers who already have a 500GB Xbox One and don’t want to go through the hassle of selling their existing console to purchase a more capacious 1TB model. It would also be perfect for data hogs that find even 1TB of internal storage not enough for their game data and other media.
Microsoft’s Larry “Major Nelon” Hyrb does his best to tout the benefits of purchasing Seagate’s latest storage solution, stating that the drive:
[Brings] 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.
In other words, it functions exactly as any other USB drive that you plug into an Xbox. About the only things that really distinguishes this drive from other cheaper options is its green top with the Xbox Logo on the top. And that, my friends, might be the hardest sell for Seagate.
So instead of forking over $109.99 for the Seagate Game Drive for Xbox, here are three cheaper alternatives that will work just as well with your Xbox 360 or Xbox One:
Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2TB -- $79.99 at Amazon
Priced at $79.99, the USB 3.0 Seagate Backup Plus Slim has the same 2TB capacity as the its Game Drive for Xbox sibling, but also includes 200GB of OneDrive cloud storage free for two years. You can also get the drive in black, silver, red, or blue. Green isn’t offered, but we won’t hold that against this drive.
Toshiba Canvio Connect 2TB -- $79.00 at Amazon
The Canvio Connect comes with 10GB of free cloud storage space and a two-year warranty, twice that of the Game Drive for Xbox.
Toshiba Canvio Basics 2TB -- $79.99 at Amazon
The Toshiba Canvio Basics is a rather barebones drive, but that’s all you really need for an external drive. It comes with a one-year warranty, which is the same as the Game Drive for Xbox.
Is a fancy green color scheme and Xbox logo on the top of Seagate’s Game Drive for Xbox worth an extra $30? You be the judge!