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Seagate Game Drive 2TB Xbox STEA2000403 Add-on Storage Device Review

Seagate Game Drive 2TB Xbox STEA2000403 Add-on Storage Device Review

Xbox gamers can finally keep all their games with the Seagate Game Drive. The 2TB STEA2000403 external storage device gets fully tested in our review.

By Tyler Bernath on Sep 3, 2015 09:12 pm CDT
Rating: 88%Manufacturer: Seagate

The topic of storage capacity for the Xbox One is revolving door it seems. With Microsoft releasing the console nearly two years ago with 500GB of capacity, I think everyone knew that in this day and age that would never last.

With the launch of the Game Drive for Xbox, Seagate is attempting to alleviate the strain of choosing what games to keep on your console. With this 2TB solution, Seagate goes on to say that you could potentially store 50+ games on this USB 3.0 accessible drive. While clearly designed for the Xbox One, the Seagate Game Drive does work with the Xbox 360 as well. Adding to this, the Game Drive is certified by Microsoft with its "Designed for Xbox" certification. MSRP of the Seagate Game Drive in the 2TB capacity is listed at $109.99 with a one-year warranty.


Packaging is heavy on the Xbox branding with three logos within eyesight. The drive's capacity is listed at the top right, while the 'Designed for Xbox' logo sits in the bottom right.


Scope of delivery includes the USB 3.0 cable, Game Drive, and manual.


Looking over the drive, we find a hidden Xbox and Seagate logo in the green plastic. The back of the drive comes housed in black for a great two tone aesthetic.


Here we have a look at the edge of the drive, finding the micro B type connector.


Of course, testing wouldn't be able to start without installing the drive where it belongs, as seen in the previous photo in the first column.


Upon plugging in the Game Drive, we were greeted by the above screen asking us to setup the drive for games.


Above, we have a look at the storage menu. Notice our external capacity is 1.8TB.


Running the Game Drive through our standard sequential testing, we find the drive capable of 138 MB/s read and 137 MB/s write.


In terms of price/performance, the Seagate Game Drive is one of the best we have seen. With its excellent MSRP of $109.99, even if you don't have an Xbox, this is solid drive just for storing data, period. For the longest time, most console gamers struggled with managing what games to keep and what to download at a later date. With the Xbox One shipping with just 500GB of capacity, it wasn't long before many were tearing apart their precious consoles to install a larger drive.

With the launch of the Seagate Game Drive, we now have an approved by Microsoft solution to adding capacity to our console. Build quality of this solution is on par with the Seagate Backup Plus solutions we reviewed recently, and whether I want to admit it or not, the green on black color scheme of this drive does add to the cool factor.

Performance of the drive as an external hard drive is rather pleasing as it landed in the second spot on our chart. At 138 MB/s read and write, the Game Drive offers plenty of performance for playing and storing games, not to mention its solid bus powered and plug and play out of the box design. Overall, the Seagate Game Drive for Xbox is just what many console gamers have been waiting for since 2013, and with its excellent MSRP sitting at $109.99 with a one-year warranty, this solution will surely be flying off store shelves.

TweakTown award
Quality including Design and Build89%
General Features87%
Bundle and Packaging85%
Value for Money91%
Overall Rating88%

The Bottom Line: For users that want a plug and play solution for storing an intense amount of games on their Xbox 360 or Xbox One gaming console, the Seagate Game Drive 2TB device is certainly the solution worth looking at at this stage.

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Tyler Bernath

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Tyler Bernath

Growing up in a small farm town in northern Ohio, technology was never around unless it was in a tractor. At the early age of nine years old, my parents brought home our very first PC and I was instantly hooked and quickly learned what it meant to format a hard drive, spending many nights reinstalling Windows 95 as my parents slept. As I grew up, many things changed around me, but my love and enthusiast nature always kept my PC at my side. Eager to get deeper into technology, I started reviewing products.

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