Seagate 4TB Game Drive

Last updated date: July 19, 2019

DWYM Score
9.0

Seagate 4TB Game Drive

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Overall Take

With both 2 and 4 terabyte versions, the Seagate 4TB Game Drive is a great way to store some of your games to make extra room on your console. The USB 3.0 speed means you can copy a game in less than three minutes. It doesn't require a power cable, making it easy to tuck into a backpack and take with you. In our analysis of 62 expert reviews, the Seagate Seagate 4TB Game Drive placed 4th when we looked at the top 9 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note July 19, 2019:
Checkout The Best Xbox One Accessory for a detailed review of all the top xbox one accessories.

Expert Summarized Score
8.4
10 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.9
2,907 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
2 and 4 terabyte options offer plenty of space for installing games, apps, and save files. Can be used with multiple Xbox consoles.
- BestReviews
Those looking to boost the space on their Xbox One should definitely check out Seagate’s line of Game Drives. They are quick, easy, and offer faster loading times.
- ZTGD
The Game Drive uses USB 3.0 speeds for quick reading and writing at 140Mbps, meaning an entire Xbox One game at 25GB can be transferred in under three minutes. The hard drive also requires no power cable, making it ready to use wherever you play.
- Lifewire
February 27, 2019 | Full review
This drive comes in 2TB or 4TB capacity that will certainly be enough for you to keep all your favorite titles in one place, has USB3.0 connectivity and offers a plug-and-play function for easy use. Its sequential read/write speeds are very fast (140MB/s), which is impressive for an external hard drive.
- The Tech Lounge
April 9, 2019 | Full review
A whopping 4 TB of game storage. Plug and play. Portable
- Tech Radar
Thanks to the Xbox One's external storage support, we got the Game Drive running with the system within minutes. It's a very simple process: Plug the Game Drive in, format it to work with the Xbox One (the Xbox One will prompt you to do just that as soon as you plug it in), and give it a drive name.
- PC Magazine
August 14, 2015 | Full review
The Seagate Game Drive 4Tb is basically an external hard drive that offers more space for your Xbox One X game library. This accessory will let you build a huge game library which you can run without having to worry about space limitations.
- Make Tech Easier
January 1, 2019 | Full review
This game drive is external which means it’s possible to download and build up a library that can be carried with you and used on multiple Xbox systems. The performance for this game drive is also very good and it will get you into games just as quickly as using the default hard drive would.
- Online Tech Tips
April 16, 2018 | Full review
The drive enables gamers to store up to 50 more games. The drive is portable, so users can take their games and play them on other consoles without downloading them again. The drive is bus powered and comes with a 1-year warranty. With upcoming features such as DVR and backward compatibility coming to the Xbox One, the Game Drive is an attractive addition to any serious or recreational gamer.
- Storage Review
October 6, 2015 | Full review
This self-powered hard disk may be a bit bigger than its 2TB counterpart, but it is still pretty convenient to carry around. It features USB 3.0 ports which means data transfer is quite fast. It only takes a few minutes to copy Halo 5 which is more than 50GB in size.
- Guru 99
What experts didn't like
The noise level of the hard drive is louder than most other options.
- BestReviews
Price is a little high compared to other drives
- ZTGD
Expensive
- The Tech Lounge
April 9, 2019 | Full review
Slightly more expensive than others
- Tech Radar
Slightly more expensive than a seemingly identical Seagate USB 3.0 hard drive. Can't use for game and media storage at the same time.
- PC Magazine
August 14, 2015 | Full review
Only offers a slight advantage in performance over lower cost alternatives
- Storage Review
October 6, 2015 | Full review
Cannot play games and Media at the same time
- Guru 99

From The Manufacturer

Nothing says "Game Over" for the Xbox One experience like an overloaded hard drive. Boost your console's storage capacity with the Seagate Game Drive for Xbox, the only external drive designed exclusively for Xbox. In a slim size that fits in your pocket, you can store your substantial game collection with tons of space left over for videos and music. With 4TB of additional storage for your Xbox One, you can save the world-or even the galaxy-and all the games that are worth keeping. Free up space on your console's internal drive while consolidating 100+ Xbox One games into a single location. Plug-and-play functionality gives you instant power up. Xbox automatically detects your drive and walks you through a hassle-free setup process that will have your drive game-ready in minutes. Unplug the Seagate Game Drive for Xbox and take your entire game library to a friend's house. It's small enough to slip into your backpack and doesn't need a separate power cord, so you can play your games but eat their snacks. Game Drive for Xbox is compatible with both Xbox One, and plugs directly into any USB port in your console

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An Overview On Xbox One Accessories

Whether you just unboxed your brand-new Xbox or you’ve had one for a while, you can never go wrong with some great accessories. Although your console will come with all the basics you need to get started, there are still a few extras that can take your gaming experience to the next level.

As you start to shop for accessories, though, you’ll probably notice that the selection can be somewhat overwhelming. Whether it’s extra controllers, charging docks or external hard drives, you may have no idea what to prioritize when choosing what to purchase. There are a few things to consider, no matter what type of product you’re buying.

The first thing to always check is compatibility. There are accessories designed to specifically work with Xbox One, some of which are even licensed by Sony to work with their consoles. It may be less expensive to go with an accessory that claims to work with Xbox One, but it’s always important to check carefully before you spend your hard-earned money.

One accessory every Xbox One owner can use is a charger for the controller. There are some on the market designed to charge a controller quickly, at which point you’ll get more than a full day of playtime before the next time you need to charge it. Pay close attention to these times to get the biggest benefits.

If you plan to use your Xbox One’s media center, a good remote will make all the difference. The first thing you’ll likely notice is the design of the remote. As nice as it is to have a comfortable experience, though, the most important thing is usability. Look for a media center remote that makes finding what you need convenient. This may mean alphanumeric keys for more easily typing letters into search boxes or voice control to let you speak your search.

Another accessory that comes in handy for many gamers is an external hard drive. Those games can take up quite a bit of space on your console and eventually, you’ll run out if you are an avid participator. An external hard drive is built with plenty of space to hold all your favorite games, freeing up room on your console for new downloads. Best of all, these hard drives are portable, which means you can take your games with you when you’re off to hang out with friends. As long as there’s an Xbox console where you’re going, you can play without having to pack your console up and take it along with you.

DWYM Fun Fact

When the idea for a gaming system was first conceived, Microsoft’s goal was to make a console that operates similarly to a PC. The year was 1998, and Microsoft Windows had gone mainstream. During the planning phase, the Xbox was called the DirectX Box and built to run on Windows 2000, which meant it was easier for developers to design games for it. During its conception, the name was abbreviated to Xbox — a decision that was met with skepticism as some felt the name wouldn’t catch on. However, focus groups liked it, and the console has held the Xbox name since.

The first Xbox was officially released in 2000, debuting at the Game Developers Conference. With double the processing power of competitor PlayStation 2 and the ability to store downloaded content, the Xbox began getting attention. The final design was revealed at the Consumer Electronics Show in 2001, and in November of that year, it celebrated its official launch at the Toys ‘R’ Us in Times Square.

The Xbox One Accessory Buying Guide

  • One of the most popular separately purchased Xbox One accessories is the controller charger. You’ll typically get a base to set the controller on when not in use. If you have two controllers, you’ll need to choose a charger with the capacity to handle both at once.
  • The first thing to look at when considering a charger is compatibility. The PDP Energizer Xbox One Controller Charger works with both standard and Elite controllers due to its advanced battery cover design. It’s also officially licensed by Microsoft, so you’ll have the confidence of knowing it will work.
  • On any battery charger, a level indicator is a big help. The PDP Energizer Xbox One Controller Charger builds in an LED display with the percentage of battery power on each docked controller. The LED indicator on the Fosmon Controller Charger blinks while charging, switching to a steady green light once the controllers are fully charged. That green indicator remains lit until you remove the controller from the base.
  • One downside of both the PDP Energizer Xbox One Controller Charger and Fosmon Controller Charger is that the charger doesn’t automatically shut off once the battery is fully charged.
  • With both the PDP Energizer Xbox One Controller Charger and Fosmon Controller Charger, you simply set the controller in the cradle for charging to begin. The Fosmon Controller Charger has a low profile, which means it won’t block your view of the TV when it’s in use.
  • Both chargers come with battery packs. The Fosmon Controller Charger has a lifetime of 1,000 charge cycles, which means that you can expect to recharge and reuse your batteries roughly 1,000 times before having to replace them.
  • In addition to charging cycles, it’s also important to consider how long it will take to charge your controllers. The PDP Energizer Xbox One Controller Charger and Fosmon Controller Charger can both reach a full charge within two hours.
  • Once fully charged, it’s also important to consider how many hours of gameplay you’ll get before having to put your controllers back in the cradle again. The PDP Energizer Xbox One Controller Charger has the longest duration, providing up to 35 hours of gaming, but the Fosmon Controller Charger isn’t far behind, with 30 to 33 hours of playtime.
  • An external hard drive is a great way to extend the storage of your Xbox One. You can collect an impressive library of your favorite games and take them with you wherever you go. As you upgrade consoles, your games will still be there.
  • There are varying storage options available with the external hard drives on the market today. With the Seagate 4TB Game Drive, you can choose between either 2 or 4 terabytes, either of which should meet your needs for many years to come.
  • One great thing about the Seagate 4TB Game Drive is that it can be used with multiple Xbox One and Xbox 360 consoles.
  • Speed can be a concern with an external hard drive. The good news is, the Seagate 4TB Game Drive uses USB 3.0 speeds to keep writing and reading speeds at an impressive 140Mbps. That means you can transfer an entire 25GB game in less than three minutes.
  • For gaming away from home, portability is an important consideration. The Seagate 4TB Game Drive doesn’t require a power cable, which means you simply hook it up to a console and start playing. The 4TB version is slightly bigger than the 2TB version, but it’s still only 4.61 x 3.15 x 0.82 in.
  • Although most external hard drives require no setup, it’s important to ensure the drive you choose has plug-and-play functionality. The Seagate 4TB Game Drive does, although you will have to follow the prompts to format it to work the first time you connect it.
  • Since many Xbox Ones now also provide a media center, you’ll need a remote to access features like video streaming services. Even if you already have one, it can never hurt to have a spare for the many times you lose yours. The PDP Talon Media Remote Control is a full-featured remote control that works with numerous devices in addition to your Xbox One. You can use it with your Blu-ray player and TV, as well. However, it’s officially licensed by Microsoft to work with the Xbox One.
  • In addition to numeric control, the PDP Talon Media Remote Control also has an A, B, X and Y alphabetic buttons for easier input.
  • Another ease-of-use feature on the PDP Talon Media Remote Control is the backlighting that helps when you’re gearing up for movie night in a dark room. This backlighting is motion activated to save battery use when the remote is idle.
  • The PDP Talon Media Remote Control doesn’t include voice functionality or Cortana, so if those features are important to you, you might have to splurge on a more expensive Xbox One-compatible remote.
  • Although you likely won’t hold your PDP Talon Media Remote Control for hours at a time, a nice bonus is that it has a rubberized texture, which helps it better conform to the palm of your hand.
  • For the PDP Talon Media Remote Control, you’ll need two AAA batteries, but the initial purchase comes with two to get you started.
  • The PDP Talon Media Remote Control’s responsiveness saves time by keeping you from having to push buttons more than once, only to find that the remote responded to your last request on a delay.
  • If you’re on a budget, you’re probably limited on the accessories you can buy. The PDP Talon Media Remote Control, PDP Energizer Xbox One Controller Charger and Fosmon Controller Charger are very inexpensive. Comparatively, the Seagate 4TB Game Drive is far pricier.