Do you really want to use a SSD in an Xbox One?
I keep coming across responses to my Xbox One research about how obvious it is that of course a SSD is faster than the OEM drive.
Sure, it’s faster… but only 10-20%. In a typical PC, a SSD will often perform twice as fast as a mechanical 2.5″ disk in the same real-world scenarios. So would I keep a SSD in my Xbox One? Nope. I pulled out the EVO and it’s now sitting in a cheap USB 3.0 enclosure.
Do I think it’s worth modding the Xbox One? That depends. Ask yourself this first… 11.5 months from now, when your Xbox One dies for whatever reason, especially if it’s not disk-related, who are you going to blame? If you can’t blame yourself, then don’t do it. If you can’t afford to go out and buy a replacement, don’t do the mod.
Did I do this because I thought I needed the extra speed or storage? Nope. I did this because no one had publicly proven that you could swap the drive, at the point I started. I was craving a project for the weekend, and being an engineer who loves to optimize for performance, I thought it would be fun, and a potential giant waste of money. There were a couple of times I was worried I was out half a grand.
This sort of stuff isn’t for the typical gamer. Actually, Sony did a much better job to address that kind of user by giving easy access to the storage bay, and blessing the modification.
By the way, would I do this again? Yeah… I loved the challenge, even though I didn’t get much sleep and still haven’t had time to play a single game on the system.