Your standard SSD might work as an Xbox storage expansion

Your standard SSD might work as an Xbox storage expansion

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Xbox Series X or S owners in need of more storage space may be in luck if they have a spare SSD, according to one modder’s experiences.

Writing in a step-by-step post on the Chinese video-sharing site Bilibili, a user has discovered that it’s potentially possible to use any standard SSD in the Xbox Series X and S by using an adapter to convert the drive’s storage interface.

The modder learned via a teardown video that the Xbox Series S uses two PCIe 4.0 ports to house its NVMe SSD and external expansion, and, crucially, that the console’s external expansion card uses the CFExpress protocol, which also uses an NVMe interface. (Asian video-sharing sites like Bilibili generally work like YouTube, except users can post blog-style entries as well as videos, hence the tutorial.)

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