I remember when I first acquired my PS3. It was the second iteration from Sony, 80GB hard drive and no PS2 compatibility, and was quite happy with the drive size. The newest generation of consoles started at a base 500GB. However with the patching and game installs being comfortably huge now, 500GB is closer to 350GB.
Not discriminating at all, Western Digital has introduced the Passport X: An extension for the Xbox One or PC. How is this different to any other 2TB hard drive from WD? Mostly performance tweaks and the traditional backup software is not there.
So the hard drive itself is a bog-standard black hard drive apart from the tweaks. The black case has a ridged top for some reason. It’s not starkly bigger than any other 2TB storage drive. To keep speeds up it has a USB 3.0 interface and is powered through the cable so there is no need for an external power cord.
On a PC, this works like any other external hard drive (after firmware the capacity is around 1.8TB.) The main question is: How does it work on an Xbox One, and can it work on a PS4? Well the Xbox One has a dedicated extension port (if you cannot find it WD provides a picture guide for you.) When connected you simply have to wait for it to format and then you are good to go. It seems to be a well optimised and games seem to run off it with only minimal load time increase. WD states it can hold an estimate of 50 extra games for Xbox One or 250 Xbox 360 games. As the hard drive does not encode a game to a specific user, you can take games to other Xbox One’s and play games which is a shock from Microsoft considering how we all remember their original announcement for the Xbox One being a game was yours merely if your breath made contact with the case.
Does it work with a PS4? Not a bit. The PS4 has no dedicated extension port and plugging it into the front USB ports tells you that it doesn’t have the correct firmware. This is a shame, and it’s a questionable fault of both sides.
In summary, there is really no difference between this and any other 2TB hard drive. It doesn’t come packed with any of the firmware or extra software as opposed to other 2TB hard drives. The difference in cost between it and the standard WD models is so negligible that the only thing which should sway your decision is whether or not you possess an Xbox One or an Xbox 360.
So the Western Digital My Passport X gets a 5. The extra utilisation as an Xbox One storage unit only adds to its universal usefulness. While it is a shame it can’t be used on other consoles but it does not claim it so it cannot be faulted on such. With the growth of games and the already growing internal storage spaces in consoles, anybody with a first iteration Xbox One will probably acquire one of these soon.
How many more games can I store?
- 2 TB about 50 more games on Xbox One and about 250 more games on Xbox 360.
The number of games is based on a 36 GB average per game for Xbox One, and 7 GB for Xbox 360. The number of games you can store on this hard drive will vary based on the size, number of games, other programs, formatting, and other factors
- Works with Xbox One gaming system or PC.
- Reformatting required depending on system used.
- Portable gaming drive
- USB cable
- Quick install guide
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