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Western Digital Now Paints Gaming Seriously WD_BLACK

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WD Black Drives
The WD_BLACKGame Drives.

You’re probably familiar with WD Black as an internal hard drive (HDD), or the super-fast NVMe solid-state drive (SSD). Here’s the news: Western Digital today launched WD_BLACKas a brand-new product line dedicated to gaming.

A host of storage options

The new WD_BLACK Game Drive portfolio includes the existing SN750 NVMe SSD as well as five new external drives—the P10, P10 for Xbox One, P50, D10, and D10 for Xbox One.

As you might have guessed, P is short for portable, indicating drives that are bus-powered and compact. On the other hand, D stands for desktop – full-size drives that use 3.5-inch internal HDDs and require an external power source.

The P10 and D10 drives are all HDD-based and feature USB 3.2 Gen 1 (formerly USB 3.1 Gen 1 or USB 3.0) with the cap speed of 5Gbps. The P50 Game Drive, on the other hand, uses the SN750 NNMe SSD as its internal storage and features a first-to-industry USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 port which caps at 20Gbps to deliver the speed of up to 1980MB/s.

All of the WD_BLACK external drives are compatible with all existing USB ports. However, the Xbox One variation is designed for the popular game console and includes two or three months of credit for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.

Considering many modern games’ file sizes approach or exceed 100GB, the WD_BLACKdrives will give gamers plenty of storage space to expand their game library. The 5TB P10, for example, can hold some 125 games, allowing players to switch between them with ease and minimum wait time. 

General specifications

Apart from the WD_BLACK P50 Game Drive which uses a completely new USB standard, the rest of the WD_BLACK drives have a lot of similarities.

WD Black Portable Drives
WD Black Portable Drives.


The new WD_BLACK P10 and P10 for Xbox One are available now starting at $90. The D10 drives will ship next month while the P50 will arrive by the end of the year.

Update: The full review of the P10 drive is available here.

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