An external hard drive for Xbox One can do wonders for your gaming experience no matter whether you have a 500GB, 1TB or a massive 2TB console.
Why use an external drive with Xbox One?
- First things first, I normally will recommend to buy a 500GB Xbox Console and get an external drive to increase your storage. Xbox One supports upto 16GB of external storage but it has to be USB 3. You can even connect multiple hard drives either using 2 or all of your Xbox One USB ports, or get a USB 3 Hub and connect multiple drives to it. Any USB 3 Hub will work, and you easily get them from Amazon. Try here.
- Secondly, even if you have a 1TB or 2TB console, i’ll recommend using an external USB 3 drive. Using external drives makes your games load faster than the stock drive that comes with Xbox One. It really increases the load times for games such as Witcher 3, GTA V and Just Cause 3. And it is very easy to use them, just plug them in one of the USB ports. You can also look into getting a SSD drive (used in PC) with an enclosure. This will be the fastest option.
- Third, it’s really easy to move them between consoles and you carry all your games with you. For example, if you’re upgrading from Xbox One to Xbox One S, you just need to plug it in and login with your gamertag to Xbox One S, and all your games/apps will be there. You don’t need todownload/install any games and apps again. Also, you can take your drive to your friend’s place, login with your xbox account, connect the drive, and your games are there.
Here are few drives that I recommend, without any order. Ideally any USB 3 from a reputed brand should be good. Just check for a good deal. Best place to look for USB 3 drives deals is Amazon. Try this link.
This drive comes in capacities ranging from 2TB to 8TB, but usually it’s 4TB or 5TB models are on deals on Amazon. Keep in mind it uses external power source.
You’ll get fastest speeds if you’re using a SSD drive as above, but they are costly. If you can spend extra dollars then get one of these from Amazon. To connect it to Xbox One you’ll need an enclosure, which comes really cheap.
One of the best is Samsung 500GB 850 EVO.
Make sure you also buy a USB 3 enclosure so that you can connect to Xbox. One of such is Anker 2.5in USB3 Enclosure.