Xbox Series X’s Back Port Is For Expandable Storage

Recent pictures of the Xbox Series X give a rough estimate of its hardware capabilities. There seemed to be a mysterious port strip at the back of the next-gen console. Its purpose was unknown. It seemed like this port was for high-speed debugging tools but it turns out that isn’t the case.

As 4k resolution is the next big thing for the next-gen consoles, the size of games is only going to increase. Storage capacity is going to become even more needed than before. Although 1TB of storage space seems to be sufficient for games and other files, for modern games that may not be true.  Games these days have a size of at least 60GB not to mention updates and DLCs.

Games like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Grand Theft Auto V can take up more than 100GB of disk space. 1TB of storage space can hardly fit 9 games. This may not be a problem for some but it could become a problem as modern titles expand their storage space. The need for storage options is increasing especially on consoles such as the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X.

Brad Sams from Thurrot, a known Microsoft insider, says he knows what the port at the back of Xbox Series X is for. At first, he thought that the port was for diagnostics but now he believes it’s for something else. He stated that the port is for “storage expansion”. The purpose of this port is to cope with the expanding size of games.

Sams added that he suspects that the port may be for CFExpress cards rather than NVMe drives. CFExpress involves SSDs as its storage solution. These SSDs have read speeds of up to 4GB/s although this technology is very expensive. A 128 GB CFExpress card can cost up to $200.

We are unsure if this storage solution is viable, economically. These claims should be taken with a grain of salt although there is a high chance that they are on point.