This Xbox Series X storage adapter has the potential to expand the console’s SSD possibilities

This Xbox Series X storage adapter has the potential to expand the console's SSD possibilities

As spotted by Tom’s Hardware and Hermitage Akihabara, the newly announced Sintech DIY CFexpress Card PA-CFEM2-C conversion adapter lets you plug your own M.2-2230 NVMe SSD into the back of your Xbox and use it to expand your system’s built-in hardware. While making your own memory setup with the adapter – which is currently listed for $35.99 – could save you money over an official solution, this approach has two big limitations.

A new third-party accessory for Xbox Series X could let you expand your system’s storage without paying extra for one of the official expansion cards.

Highlights

  • It’s also important to note that Microsoft only officially supports the one 1 TB storage expansion card from Seagate (though it looks like a 500 GB counterpart is also on the way). If you run into issues trying to use a third-party storage workaround like this, Microsoft may not be able to help you out with them.

  • First, the adapter only works with short form factor M.2 cards. Second, while the adapter can be used with a range of cards meeting that form factor, Xbox Series X and S are only compatible with a select number of SSD drives that have certain firmware and internal formatting. As Tom’s Hardware points out, you could use a Western Digital WD Blue CH SN530 just fine, but not a WD Blue PC SN530. In other words, put some time into researching compatibility before you try to save money on a storage expansion this way, or else you might end up with a card that just doesn’t work.