By Oscar Contreras, Sr. Brand Manager – Global Markets, and Mars Sartori, Content Solutions Marketing
The technical sophistication of gaming is expanding faster than ever before. Gaming in 4K and 8K, HDR, augmented and virtual reality, or playing on secondary screens. Popular game titles are growing in file size – reaching over 100GB. PCs, consoles, and gaming notebooks have limited storage, typically ranging from 500GB to 1TB.
As a result, gamers are left feeling the pain, not only with the irritating decision of deciding which old games to delete in order to make room for new favorites, but also having to endure slow load times & downloads. Western Digital’s WD_BLACK™ gaming product line enables the gaming world to solve these challenges.
We constantly hear from gamers about how the performance and capacity limitations of their current systems challenge the quality of their gaming experiences. We are helping make room for the latest releases, whether a gamer has been playing for years or is just starting out and looking for a high-performance edge. – Susan Park, VP of Product Management, Content Solutions
WD_BLACK is the latest step in our decades-long commitment to providing gamers with fast, reliable storage products specifically built to help them get more out of the gaming experience. Designed for both console and PC gamers, WD_BLACK products give them the ability to not only build libraries of their favorite games, but also store their winning gameplay, as well. – David Ellis, VP of Product Marketing, Content Solutions
With our huge announcements at Gamescom 2019, Western Digital continues to make waves with gaming storage solutions. In addition to the highly regarded WD_BLACK SN750 NVMe™ SSD, Western Digital has announced an additional five products to be available this year to create a robust portfolio addressing the needs of every type of gamer. Built with both the console and PC gamer in mind, we offer a full portfolio, ranging from portable HDDs to SSDs, to showcase Western Digital’s commitment to gamers. The WD_BLACK product line provides the performance, capacity and reliability to help gamers stay in the game and play without limits.
Performance storage, purpose-built for gaming
2TB, 4TB & 5TB*
Portable storage for your coveted game collection
On-the-go access to your game library anytime, anywhere. Enough space to save up to 125 games (5TB model), so you’ll have space for your new treasured titles along with extra room for your old favorites. Works with console, PC and Mac.
High performance storage with active cooling
With enough space to save up to 200 games or collect gameplay recordings, there’s no need to waste time clearing room on your console or PC to make room for new games. Features a 7200 RPM drive with active cooling technology, and 2 USB Type-A ports for charging your gaming gear and accessories. Works with console, PC and Mac.
500GB, 1TB & 2TB*
Compact SSD shaped by performance
Portable SSD with speeds up to 2000MB/s to spend less time waiting to get back into the game, and more time actually playing. Features a first-to-industry SuperSpeed 20Gb/s interface (USB 3.2 Gen 2×2), future-ready to work with new hardware, components and accessories for years so come. Works with PC, Mac and console.
3TB & 5TB*
Your Xbox game library, on-the-go
Portable storage for your Xbox library with enough space to save up to 125 games* (5TB model). Comes with a 2-Month Xbox Game Pass Ultimate membership which provides access to not only 100+ games on both Xbox and PC, but also Xbox Live Gold.
Take your Xbox to the next level
7200 RPM drive with active cooling technology that features 2 USB Type-A charging ports for accessories. Comes with a 3-Month membership of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate which provides access to not only 100+ games on both Xbox and PC, but also Xbox Live Gold.
We are WD_BLACK. Drive your game
• Download our gaming storage infographic
• Learn more about the entire WD_BLACK portfolio at wdblack.com
*1GB = 1 billion bytes and 1TB = one trillion bytes. Actual user capacity may be less, depending on operating environment.
 Number of games based on a 36GB average per game. The number of games will vary based on file size, capacity, formatting, other programs, and factors.
 Based on read speed and internal testing. As used for transfer rate, megabyte per second (MB/s) = one million bytes per second. Performance will vary depending on your hardware and software components and configurations.
 Trial offer of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. Available for a limited time. See product packaging for full details.
Oscar Contreras is Western Digital's Sr. Product and Brand Manager for the WD CSBU product portfolio.