This external hard drive is listed as a PC/laptop model, but as we’ve known for years now, USB drives like this are a great match for PS4 and Xbox One and come November, the PS5 and Xbox Series X too. There are loads of happy user reviews from people using this exact drive on current-gen consoles so you can have confidence in it from this perspective.
Yes, to run next-gen titles on the new consoles with all the benefits of super-fast loading speeds, ray-tracing, and so on, you will need to run those games from the bespoke SSD that’s made the PS5 pre-orders and Xbox Series X pre-orders so expensive in the first place. And if you want to play current-gen games on the new machines with the much talked about improved loading speeds, yes you’ll need to load them onto the SSD.
“So what the hell do I need an external hard drive for?”, you might ask. Not only can you use a drive like this to carry over already downloaded games from PS4 to PS5 and Xbox One to Xbox Series X, with no need to redownload them, but you can also store next-gen titles on it for when you need to shuffle titles around to free up space. Next-gen games are going to take up enormous amounts of space and before long you’re going to find yourself having to delete games to make room for a new purchase, or you know, to get the latest bloatware from Warzone.
With an external drive of this size, you won’t have to wait for hours to redownload these games, just simply transfer them back over when you want to play them again. A 1TB Xbox Series X expansion SSD card is going to cost $220; wouldn’t you rather spend that on a bunch of games? Not to mention anyone with a data cap on their home internet service won’t have to worry about getting a nasty bill.
Get next-gen ready with this hard drive deal
5TB Seagate Backup Plus |
$159.99 $98.49 at Amazon
This is listed as a Deal of the Day at Amazon, so we expect that price to shoot back up by midnight if stock last that long that is. This is an amazing price, with a different 4TB model recently going for $88, we’d happily take the extra terabyte for a few more bucks. We’ve listed a few other options below too, including options for anyone outside of the US.View Deal
Even if you’re sticking with your current console for a while, we think an external hard drive is an essential purchase. I picked one up at the start of lockdown and filled it with pretty much every Xbox Game Pass title available, leaving me a huge range of playing options and allowing me to try new games at will. Plus, having Warzone, Apex Legends, Red Dead Redemption 2, and Halo Collection all installed at once along with more than 100 other games meant I never had to wait. Well, except when Warzone has a new patch of course.
If you’re after a few other options, be sure to check out our guides on the best Xbox One external hard drives and best PS4 external hard drives. We’ve also got you covered for some PS4 SSD picks, and if you’re holding out for some lower prices than today’s deal then feel free to bookmark our Xbox Series X Black Friday deals and PS5 Black Friday deals as we’ll be scouting for ace storage options then too.