Xbox Series X has 802GB of usable storage space in its in-built 1TB SSD, reserving almost 200GB for the operating system and essential system files.
In IGN’s hands-on preview of Xbox Series X, we showed off the storage space of a base Xbox Series X unit with no apps or games installed, showing the 802GB limit. This is actually an improvement on Xbox One X, which allowed for 780.9GB from its 1TB hard drive. You can check out the storage management screen in the video below:
Game sizes are likely to be a major talking point in the coming generation, with storage costs creeping upwards throughout the lifespan of Xbox One and PS4, particularly with the advent of 4K resolutions. AAA games now require tens, and occasionally hundreds, of gigabytes of storage space – and with the increased quality of Series X games, it’s a trend likely to continue.
Perhaps the most notable large game right now is Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. After today’s Season 6 update, the full game install takes up around 192 GB on Xbox One – meaning you’re looking at almost a quarter of the available SSD space take up by a single game.
That said, we can’t fully account for how that will change on Series X, with Xbox Velocity Architecture apparently set to reduce game sizes. Xbox Series S games will also apparently come in around 30% smaller than on Xbox Series X, although the lower powered console only has a 512GB SSD.
Using the (expensive) Seagate 1TB expansion drive adds 920GB of usable space to the Series X, and USB 3.1 external hard drives can also be used to store games – but the latter option means stored games won’t receive the benefits of the Xbox Velocity Architecture, which should improve load times and performance.
Despite Xbox preorders selling out amid widespread retailer issues, Microsoft says more Xbox Series X and S units will be available when the console launches on November 10, following “record-breaking demand”.