Seagate PS4 external HDD features comparison: Game Drive vs. Expansion vs. Backup Plus Slim

Seagate recently released the 2 TB Game Drive for the PlayStation 4. So how does this dedicated external hard disk drive compare to the other available Seagate options, the Expansion and Backup Plus Slim, for the PS4? You can find out in our features comparison guide below.

Price

You can check out the current price tags for all three. To make this a fair comparison, the prices are based on the 2 TB size variants. You can find how much each product costs on Amazon with the following links:

Size Options

The Game Drive for PlayStation 4 only has one size option: 2 TB. The Seagate Expansion Portable External Hard Disk Drive has four: 1 TB, 2 TB, 3 TB and 4 TB. You can check out the other listings for the other three sizes of the Expansion HDD below:

The Seagate Backup Plus Slim Portable External Hard Disk Drive also has four size variations: 1 TB, 2 TB, 4 TB and 5 TB. You can find the listings for the three other size options of the Backup Plus Slim below:

Color

The Game Drive has only one Black/Blue two-tone look while the Expansion has a standard Black coloring.

In addition to Black, the Backup Plus Slim has three other color options, which you can check out with the links below:

Power Source

All three Seagate external hard drives mentioned in this guide are portable types. As a result, they don’t have a separate power outlet since the power source is supplied through the USB port.

USB

The Game Drive, Expansion and Backup Plus Slim all uses USB 3.0 connectivity, which is the fastest USB type supported by the launch PlayStation 4, slimmed down version of the PlayStation 4 as well as the PlayStation 4 Pro. Of course, USB 3.0 is also backwards compatible with the older USB versions if you are planning to use these external HDDs on other devices.

RPM

The Seagate Game Drive, Seagate Expansion Portable External Hard Drive and Seagate Backup Plus Slim Portable External Hard Drive feature the same revolutions per minute (or RPM for short) of 5400. This stat determines the load times of games installed onto the hard disk drive.

The 5400 RPM of the external hard drives is the same speed as the default internal hard drive that came installed with your PS4, PS4 Slim and/or PS4 Pro. So the load times between these external hard drives and the internal HDD included with the PS4 should be approximately the same with the only variance being the transfer speed of the SATA II of the internal drive compared to the USB 3.0 connection of external HDDs.

Dimensions

The Seagate 2 TB Game Drive for PlayStation 4 measures at 9.6 mm (or 0.38 inches) in height, 76 mm (or 2.99 inches) in width and 133.5 mm (or 4.47 inches) in length.

The Seagate Expansion 2 TB Portable External Hard Drive measures at 14.8 mm (or 0.58 inches) in height, 80 mm (or 3.15 inches) in width and 117.0 mm (or 4.61 inches) in length.

The Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2 TB Portable External Hard Drive measures at 12.1 mm (or 0.48 inches) in height, 76 mm (or 2.99 inches) in width and 113.5 mm (or 4.47 inches) in length.

As you can see above, the Seagate Game Drive is smaller when compared to its equivalent of the Seagate Expansion Portable External Hard Drive and Seagate Backup Plus Slim Portable External.

Weight

The Seagate 2 TB Game Drive weighs in at 0.30 lb or 0.14kg. The Seagate Expansion 2 TB Portable External Hard Drive is slightly heavier at 0.37 lb or 0.17 kg. The Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2 TB Portable External offers the middle ground, in terms of weight, at 0.35 lb or 0.16 kg.

Recap

The Seagate 2 TB Game Drive for PS4 is smaller and weighs less when compared to the other two alternatives. If you are interested, you can purchase the Game Drive with this link on Amazon.

With that said, the features sets for all three are the same as they have identical USB connections and RPM speeds. Not to mention that the other two also provide more color and size options. If you are interested, you can check out the other two options with the following links: Seagate Expansion 2 TB Portable External Hard Disk Drive and Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2 TB Portable External Hard Disk Drive.