Seagate’s really having fun with their external storage drives for video game consoles. In partnership with Microsoft, they’ve come out with several special editions for game releases, along with HDD and SSD options (most recently showing off a 4 TB HDD along with the Xbox Game Pass announcement). At E3 this week, they’re announcing their first Game Drive for the Playstation 4, along with an even larger Xbox Game Drive.
The PlayStation 4 drive is possible thanks to an update that allows the PS4 to work with games stored on external hard drives. Good thing they did, because with subscription gaming services becoming more popular and game file sizes becoming larger, the internal drives in these consoles are running out of space.
For now, Seagate is only releasing a 2 TB HDD Game Drive for the PlayStation 4. In terms of hardware, it’s no different from any other external hard drive, but it’s made to work with the PlayStation 4 out of the box on the software side. Because of piracy concerns, console makers can’t just let you plop games onto these drives. With Seagate’s drive, there’s a prepared authentication procedure involving your PlayStation Network account. Take care of that, and you’ll be able to load games onto the drive and play them on others’ consoles.
Seagate is also announcing the Game Drive for Xbox Hub. This 8 TB drive has two USB 3.0 ports and looks like a reskin of the Seagate Backup Plus Hub, plus the software tweaks that make the drive work with the Xbox One to allow you to offload games.
The Game Drive for PS4 and Game Drive for Xbox Hub will both be available sometime this month for $90 and $200, respectively.
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