Get the most out of Microsoft's Xbox Game Pass with Seagate's new external hard drive

Shawn Knight

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Seagate today announced a new storage solution intended for use with Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass subscription service.

The Seagate Game Drive for Xbox Game Pass Special Edition (yeah, that’s a mouthful) is an external hard drive offered in 2GB and 4GB capacities that connects via USB – no separate power cable needed – and is compatible with both the Xbox One and Xbox 360. Your console should automatically detect the drive when first plugged in and walk you through the initial setup process.

As an added bonus, Seagate is bundling a free one-month subscription to Xbox Game Pass with the 2TB version and a two-month membership with the 4GB variant.

Microsoft launched its Xbox Game Pass service exclusively for Xbox Gold members last week. Viewed by many as the Netflix for games, the service offers unlimited access to more than 100 Xbox One and backward compatible Xbox 360 games for $9.99 per month. Unlike other services that work via streaming, Xbox Game Pass titles you want to play are downloaded directly to your console’s hard drive, hence the potential need for added storage.

On Thursday, Microsoft opened the subscription service up to all users.

The Seagate Game Drive for Xbox Game Pass Special Edition will be available later this month. It’ll carry an MSRP of $89.99 for the 2TB version and $129.99 for the larger 4GB model.

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ikesmasher

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Friendly reminder that literally any USB3 external drive works with any xbox one as long as its 256GB+, you can already get a free two week trial of game pass, and that this is more expensive than most external drives (although this is admittedly way less overpriced than than previous "xbox" branded drives - perhaps their blatent attempts at ripping off unsuspecting buyers didnt work as well as theyd hoped)
 

m4a4

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The Seagate Game Drive for Xbox Game Pass Special Edition (yeah, that’s a mouthful) is an external hard drive offered in 2GB and 4GB capacities that connects via USB
Wow, the article is littered with GB. Should it not be TB? I reaaally doubt a few GB's is enough for downloading games, letalone a single game lol
 
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yukka

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Can't fit many games on the 2GB version. Or the 4GB version. Pricey too.

In all seriousness though, this is an expensive way to buy a USB3 hard drive even if it is £7.99 or £15.99 off depending on if you buy the 2TB or 4TB version. How about writing a guide to help people set up a generic USB3 drive with their xbox one rather than making it sound like this one does anything special, which is doesn't. Not that it needs to be much of a guide but it also isn't much of a benefit for these drives and it made it into the article. Any drive over 256GB is recognised automatically and formatted correctly. And a 1TB drive is cheap as chips now and gives you 1.5TB storage including the default 500GB on the day one xb1.

A caveat that this is possible on any USB3 drive should really be in the article, not left to us to point out in the comments.
 
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TheBigT42

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Friendly reminder that literally any USB3 external drive works with any xbox one as long as its 256GB+, you can already get a free two week trial of game pass, and that this is more expensive than most external drives (although this is admittedly way less overpriced than than previous "xbox" branded drives - perhaps their blatent attempts at ripping off unsuspecting buyers didnt work as well as theyd hoped)
What you said...Plus it is a Seagate drive..