Tesla Announces 1 TB Solid State Drive for $350

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Tesla has announced that it will be releasing an automotive-grade external SSD next year, suitable for storing everything from Tesla Arcade games to Dashcam footage.

Available beginning in February 2023 and compatible with all Tesla vehicles, the SSD features 1 TB of capacity and will cost $350, making it substantially pricier than most of the 1 TB SSDs that can be found on the market today, including models from popular manufacturers and brands that include Crucial, Western Digital, and Samsung.

Here’s what can be found on Amazon at the time of this posting:

  • SP 1TB SSD 3D NAND A55 SSD: $48.99
  • SAMSUNG 870 EVO SATA III SSD 1TB: $89.99
  • Western Digital 1TB WD Blue SSD: $69.99
  • Crucial MX500 1TB 3D NAND SATA 2.5 Inch Internal SSD: $62.49

“Store everything,” reads a description for Tesla’s 1 TB SSD, which has been described as being grossly overpriced by critics. “From Tesla Arcade games to Dashcam footage, our 1 TB Solid State Drive (SSD) allows you to save all your vehicle data in one place. This automotive-grade external SSD is designed for durability withstanding extreme cabin temperatures, vehicle shocks and vibrations. With an extended lifespan compared to similar storage devices and read/write speeds optimized for gaming, the Solid State Drive supports Steam gaming.”

The listing goes on to confirm that the SSD includes a USB-A–female to USB-C–male adapter cable.

As part of a new Holiday Update that Tesla began rolling out this week, the latest Model S and Model X EVs from the company can now play thousands of Steam games, including Cyberpunk 2077 and Elden Ring.

“You can play Cyberpunk, Elden Ring and 1000s of other games in your car with an epic sound system!!” Tesla CEO Elon Musk said in a tweet dated December 13, pointing out that it even works with keyboard and mouse.

One of the more popular SSD deals at the moment is the Crucial MX500, whose 4 TB version can be purchased for $237.99 at various retailers, including Amazon and Best Buy.

That SSD normally costs $359.99, according to Amazon and Best Buy’s listings.

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Tsing Mui
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