WD announces a 12TB external HDD that can store 300 Xbox One titles

Humza

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Modern AAA titles with their DLCs, 4K textures, deep branching storylines and massive open worlds often end up taking 100+ GBs of storage on our gaming systems, both which PC and console gamers have to carefully manage if they intend to play multiple titles at the same time or if they fancy launching an oldie goldie from their collection.

While gaming consoles come with a limited storage capacity, 500GB or 1TB in most cases, even PCs with multiple TBs of storage drives can reach their limit for people with a large appetite for games. To save them the trouble of frequent deletions and re-installations, Western Digital has launched a new line-up of "WD Black" drives at Gamescom 2019 with a single "design language" to appeal to those who "are tired of deleting old games to play new ones."

Jared Peck, WD's Senior Product Manager in an interview with GamesBeat, said that people often don't play games citing their fully stuffed console storage in what the company has identified as one of the pain points in its survey. It mentions 45% of gamers who'd be buying a storage device in the next year and 41% of PC gamers who'll definitely be getting more storage. There's also a double-digit figure for console owners who are already attaching external storage to their consoles, reports VentureBeat.

The newly announced "WD Black" line-up is comprised of the following models (in ascending order of starting storage capacity):

  • WD Black P50 Game Drive SSD (500GB $180, 1TB $250, 2TB $500) - This aluminum drive comes with a 20 Gbps Superspeed USB over Type-C (only drive in the line-up with this connector, rest have Micro-B) for transfer speeds of up to 1,980MB/s. It has a five-year warranty with shipment expected later this year.
  • WD Black P10 Game Drive (2TB $90, 4TB $130, 5TB $150) - This drive has 140MB/s transfer speeds for the 2TB version while the 4TB and 5TB versions have 130MB/s. The latter variant can store 125 games coming in at roughly 40GB each. It also supports Superspeed USB 5Gb/s connectivity, comes with a three-year warranty and ships this month.
  • WD Black P10 Game Drive for Xbox One (3TB $100, 5TB $150) - This drive comes with a two-month free subscription to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, features USB 3.2 Gen 1 and transfer speeds of 130MB/s. It has a three-year warranty and ships this month.
  • WD Black D10 Game Drive (8TB $200) - With space for up to 200 games, this 7200 RPM drive has a faster 250MB/s transfer speed. It features active cooling and has an external power supply that also has two 7.5W charging ports for your devices. It has a three-year warranty and ships in September.
  • WD Black D10 Game Drive for Xbox One (8TB $200, 12TB $300) - The most capacious offering in this model weighs a rather hefty 0.96kg that's capable of storing 300 games. The ample storage can be put to good use with the three-month free subscription to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate offered with this drive. Spinning at 7200 RPM, it can transfer data at 250MB/s and like the standard D10, there's an external power supply with two 7.5W charging ports. Also coming with a three-year warranty, this drive ships in September.

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Theinsanegamer

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Wouldnt it be convenient if you could just increase the size of your internal HDD, like you can with the playstation? Hmmm......
 

Humza

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So, since it's most likely USB, is it compatible with Windows/PC ?

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Yes they are. Only two variants (P10 for XB1, D10 for XB1) are specially designed for the console hence the inclusion of free XB Game Pass sub.

The standard P10 and D10 Game drives and the P50 Game Drive SSD are meant to work with the PC (as well as Mac and PS4/XB1).
 
#1 I will probably never by an HDD again.

Solid State Drives are cheapening every week and I'm in love with them. My Main desktop and laptop are SSD only.

#2 12TB HDD can be purchased right now for less than $400 from Toshiba.

#3 I bought a 4TB HDD for my Xbox One and filled up about half of it before I basically stopped playing my Xbox One. I was downloading free games and mostly never even playing them.
 

Theinsanegamer

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Wouldnt it be convenient if you could just increase the size of your internal HDD, like you can with the playstation? Hmmm......
How is swapping an internal HDD more convenient then plugging in a usb?
well, you see, if your console is in an entertainment center, like most are, then plugging in external drives not only means you have an ugly cord sticking out the front, but there may not be a convenient place to put it. 3.5" HDD enclosures are not small in any sense of the word.

You are also limited to charging 1 controller at a time, which is a PITA.