So, you’ve got an Xbox One in some form or another, and have amassed quite a collection of games. As a result, having free space on your console’s internal hard drive has become a thing of the past.
Thankfully, increasing the amount of storage space available to your console is easy: you can simply buy an external hard drive, plug it in, and away you go.
Whether you own an Xbox One X, S or an original model, though, some external hard drives may be more suited to you. With that in mind, we’ve rounded up the best external hard drives currently available for a range of Xbox One users. Whether you’re a casual gamer on a budget, or a hardcore collector who doesn’t know the meaning of the word delete, we’ve got you covered.
Cheap and Cheerful
Expanding your Xbox One’s storage space doesn’t have to cost the earth. If you don’t mind deleting the odd game to free up space now and again, but want to keep large games like Forza Horizon 4 installed along with the likes Call of Duty Black Ops 4 and FIFA ’19, a 1TB portable hard drive will suit you just fine. The great thing about portable 2.5″ hard drives is that they don’t need any additional power, either. You just plug them into your Xbox One and they work.
This portable 1TB Toshiba is a great buy. It costs less than £50/$50, and is likely to double your storage space depending on which Xbox One model you have.
The Best Performance
If performance is your main concern, why not treat yourself to a super fancy external SSD? With an SSD you’ll find that load times are improved, although results do vary. You’re very likely to notice a difference in games such as Fallout 4 that have long load times, for instance, but you’ll struggle to see the benefit in games with shorter load times.
If you’re in the US, this Western Digital 500GB external SSD drive will cost you nearly twice as much as the standard 1TB Toshiba hard drive mentioned previously, but will offer better performance. There’s even a 1TB model available, but it will set you back a whopping $190.
Buy from Amazon US
The same external SSD isn’t available in the UK unfortunately, and the alternatives are a bit more pricier. This Samsung external SSD is probably your best bet, frequently down to as low as £117 for 500GB. There are also 1TB and 2TB versions available – the latter being over £500 though!
Buy from Amazon UK
All the Storage Space!
If you have more games than you could ever hope to play and consider “uninstall” to be a dirty word, you’re going to want an external hard drive of epic proportions. Basically, you’re going to want a Seagate Game Drive Hub.
With a whopping 8TB of storage, the Seagate Game Drive Hub will store hundreds of games. It also sports two easily accessible USB ports for enhanced connectivity. All that space comes at a price, though. As well as needing to be plugged into a wall socket to power it, it costs around £150/$160. Still, it looks nice and provides all the storage you’ll ever need. We’ve got a couple of these and swear by them.
The Balanced Proposition
Want plenty of additional space but don’t want to spend a small fortune? Here you go.
These Western Digital 4TB portable hard drives come in a range of colours and cost about £90/$100. They don’t need any external power, and provide an ample amount of storage space for your games. Honestly, most gamers won’t have need for any more storage once they own one of these. They are the the best balance between cost and storage space. They look quite nice too.