Xbox Series X mystery port is for CFexpress cards claims latest rumour

The mysterious expansion port on the back of the next gen Xbox does seem to be for additional storage, but it’s not going to be cheap.

The backside of the Xbox Series X has come under considerable scrutiny since the console was first unveiled at the end of last year, especially after AMD decided to use a fake 3D render of what it looks like.

But an actual photo revealed that the new console has a mysterious port on the back, that is either for some sort of diagnostic tool for developers or expandable storage.

According to a report by Thurrott it’s the latter and will be used for some species of ‘high-performance’ storage system, possibly a NVMe solid state drive (SSD).

The NVMe option is only a guess though and a Thurrott reader suggests, based on the size of the port and various known compatibilities, that it might be for Compact Flash Express cards.

CFE cards are essentially giant memory cards and are definitely high-performance and would be very useful for storing games.

The problem is they’re expensive, with even a 64GB one costing around £150 and a 512GB one around £600.

They are purely optional though – it’s not as if the Xbox Series X won’t also have its own permanent internal storage – so it’s certainly better to have the option than not, especially as prices will only go down in the future.

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