Ever since it leaked, the coming of a new expansion card option for the Xbox Series S or X consoles has been big news. Not only does it finally give consumers another option to pick from, but this breaks up the monopoly that Seagate had and helps create a price war.
Well, it did exactly that. It forced the price of the Seagate models down. Way down in fact (although still not as low as most likely had hoped for). Just in time as the Western Digital Expansion Cards are officially available.
Listings have started to pop up online via sites like Best Buy and Amazon. Not to mention, Western Digital’s own website has the product page live. Although, availability is up and down as these outlets are apparently still working on these product pages.
It is available in two capacities, including 500GB ($79) and 1TB ($149). Likely the 1TB will be the most popular capacity, but the price point of the 500GB might make it more appealing to consumers. At least, until the prices come down a little more to compete better with NVMe and other SSD solutions in the market.
What would make things better is if Microsoft opens this to additional companies like Sony did with the PlayStation 5 console. This would create the best competition and provide plenty of price options/levels for consumers to pick from.