Western Digital (WD) has rolled out its new SN770M NVMe SSD models that allow users to upgrade the storage on their Steam Deck or ASUS ROG Ally devices. The new NVMe models feature the M.2 2230 form factor, a small footprint compared to normal NVMe drives.
Users have been able to find all sorts of upgradable options for their internal storage, but many of them come from third-party companies and/or overseas. Although some of these may work just fine, others may not perform to expectations. So it can be helpful to stick to the brands that come with years of experience and a solid reputation.
The new SN770M drives are PCIe Gen 4.0 with speeds of up to 5,150 MB/s and come in three capacity options, including 500GB ($74.99), 1TB ($109.99), and 2TB ($219.99). A little more than your normal NVMe options, but those R&D costs have to be paid off somehow. You may see some price drops during the holidays, but these MSRPs aren’t bad either. Much better than what Xbox expandable storage options launched at.
The drives will be launching next week (Sept 22nd). Right now, they are available for pre-order via WD’s website here as well as from Best Buy (and will likely make their way to other retailers soon). At the time of writing this, the drives are lowest via WD directly as they are about $20 more via Best Buy for whatever reason (cost vs. retail for retailers may be an issue there).