Western Digital shows off prototype 8TB external SSD at CES 2020

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Also announced at CES 2020 are the Ultra Dual Drive Luxe, a flash drive with a dual connector drive setup, a gaming-friendly solid state drive, and some Xbox One-specific gaming hard drives

Published 3:07 PM, January 07, 2020

Updated 3:22 PM, January 07, 2020

PROTOTYPE. Sandisk's new prototype is an 8 terabyte external solid state drive that fits in your pocket. Image adapted from SanDisk's Twitter

PROTOTYPE. Sandisk’s new prototype is an 8 terabyte external solid state drive that fits in your pocket. Image adapted from SanDisk’s Twitter

MANILA, Philippines – At the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2020) in Las Vegas, Western Digital (WD) came out with a number of storage solutions serving mainstream users, gamers and professionals.

At the top of mind for many of the storage-conscious is a prototype device under Western Digital’s SanDisk brand – an 8-terabyte super fast external solid state drive (SSD).

This is double the capacity of CES 2019’s 4 TB prototype, and the device still fits in your pocket while supporting 20 Gigabit per second (Gb/s) speeds.

WD also launched a couple of specialty storage solutions at CES 2020, with some of them said to be out now.

It came out with the SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive Luxe, a flash drive with a dual connector drive setup supporting USB Type-C laptops and mobile devices. Western Digital’s shop prices the 1TB model at $249.99, though it’s only available for reservations for now.

WD BLACK P50. Image from Western Digital Store.

WD BLACK P50. Image from Western Digital Store.

WD also announced the WD Black P50 Game Drive SSD. WD says this is the first game drive (an SSD for game consoles and PCs) to support a SuperSpeed 20 Gb/s interface. Pricing starts at $179.99 for the 500GB model and goes up to $499.99 for a 2TB version.

Lastly, the company also revealed a pair of hard drives licensed for the Xbox One game console, the WD Black P10 Game Drive and the WD_Black D10 Game Drive. Both drives come with an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate trial membership, but support different amounts of data. The WD Black P10 supports up to 5TB of data, while the WD Black D10 drive is a 12TB device. – Rappler.com