Xbox Game Bar: How to Open Game Bar (Windows 10)

Windows 10 is a self-sufficient OS, offering plenty of native tools for a wide range of users, including gamers. One way it caters to gamers is through the use of the Xbox Game Bar.

Today we’re here to explain what game bar is, and how to open game bar on Windows 10. Read on to learn more.

What is the Xbox Game Bar?

In short, the Xbox Game Bar is a built-in Windows 10 feature that allows you to take screenshots, record, and stream games and apps without the need for expensive third-party tools.

This tool is constantly being improved and optimized, with new features and upgrades being added to match the newest gaming releases on the market.

How do I activate the Xbox Game Bar?

There is a high chance that the Xbox Game Bar tool may not be activated by default on your PC, so the first step is to enable it:

  1. Press the Windows key to launch the Start menu
  2. Go to Settings
    • It’s the cogwheel-shaped button from the Start menu
  3. Select the Gaming menu
  4. Go to the Xbox Game Bar tab
  5. Make sure that the slider right under Enable Xbox Game Bar is set to OnXbox Game Bar

Keep in mind that this menu is also where you can configure all the various keybindings that you can use within the Xbox Game Bar.

How do I use the Xbox game Bar while gaming?

By default, there are two ways you can activate the Xbox game Bar:

  • Pressing Win + G
  • Pressing the Xbox button if you have an Xbox controller attached

By activating the game Bar, an overlay will appear on your HUD, similar to that of other third-party gaming tools, like Overwolf.

Xbox Game Bar HUD

Keep in mind that certain games are optimized to work with the Xbox Game Bar by default, such as those downloaded from the Microsoft Store.

This also makes it so that any UWP app will also be optimized for the Xbox Game Bar.

Xbox Game Bar’s interface

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Since triggering the Xbox Game Bar produces an overlay on your screen, it will remove the mouse cursor from your game so that you can operate within the Game Bar’s interface.

That being said, try not to do it during intense gaming moments, such as in the middle of an online match.

This issue can instead be countered by learning the hotkeys by heart, so you don’t have to use your mouse.

All the tools within the Xbox Game Bar are grouped up into sub-menus as follows:

The central menu

  • Lets you access all the other sub-menus
  • Grants you access to additional widgets

Capture:

  • Lets you take screenshots
  • Triggers screen recording
  • Lets you record the past 30 seconds
  • Enables or disables your mic while recording

Audio

  • Grants you access to an audio mixer
  • Lets you switch between different audio output methods
  • Lets you switch between different audio recording devices

Performance

  • Shows your current CPU, GPU, RAM, and VRAM usage
  • Shows your current FPS count

Xbox Social

This menu grants you access to your Xbox account’s friends list, and you can also link it to your Steam account.

There are other tools as well that can prove handy while recording, such as Spotify controls, or the Looking for Group option that can come in handy in co-op and online games.

However, if you’re planning on playing a resource-intensive game, know that activating the Xbox Game Bar might cause performance issues.

Improve game recordings with Xbox Game Bar

The core function of the Xbox Game Bar tool is that of taking screenshots and recording your gaming session, and you cannot do it efficiently unless you first configure capture settings first.

By doing so, recording can be done easier, image quality can be improved, and your game performance will not be so heavily impacted.

Here’s how you can access the Captures menu:

  1. Press the Windows key to launch the Start menu
  2. Go to Settings
    • It’s the cogwheel-shaped button from the Start menu
  3. Select the Gaming menu
  4. Go to the Captures tab

This menu lets you configure and tweak all aspects of your video recordings, both in terms of image and audio quality, including:

  • Video FPS
  • Audio quality
  • Overall video quality
  • The maximum length of stored recordings
  • Changing the location of stored recordings
  • Choosing whether or not to record with audio
  • Disabling or enabling your mic while recording
  • Choosing whether to record the background as well

Keep in mind that certain settings will heavily impact performance while gaming — such as recording videos in 60 FPS.

Additionally, the performance of your PC will also be impacted by the size and resolution of your screen, so if you have a 4K monitor, then make sure your PC is powerful enough to handle the extra load.

Xbox Game Bar: Is it worth it or not?

If you’re the type of gamer that hates cluttering your PC with all kinds of gaming software other than the games themselves, Xbox Game Bar makes for an ideal alternative to any video recorder out there.

It takes great screenshots, the video quality is more than acceptable, and the impact on your system’s resources is almost unnoticeable, making it an ideal gaming tool.

All in all, if you want to record your favourite gaming moments without paying for recording equipment, Xbox Game Bar will suffice.

What tool do you use to capture your best gaming highlights? Let us know by leaving your feedback in the comments section below.

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What Is 8K Gaming on PS5 and Xbox Series X? Is It Worth it?

With the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X consoles, a new “big number” has crawled into the light of day: 8K.

There’s nothing worse than a technology buzzword when it comes to gaming consoles. You may be old enough to remember the console wars where terms like “blast processing” and how many “bits” a console had, dominated the conversation around these devices.

Marketers love simple numbers where more is better. It means a potential buyer can look at two products and pick the one with higher numbers, even if they don’t really understand what those numbers mean. 

So, what is PS5 8K gaming? Is it worth it? Let’s bury the confusion once and for all.

What Does “8K” Mean?

The terms HD (High Definition), FHD (Full High Definition), 4K UHD (Ultra High Definition) and 8K are all just shorthand for different resolution standards. That is, how many rows and columns of pixels an image consists of or a particular display can show you. 

An FHD display has 1920 columns and 1080 rows of pixels arranged in a grid. That’s a total of 2073600 pixels! 

A 4K display doubles both those numbers to 3840×2160. Multiplying the columns by the rows yields 8294400 pixels. Exactly four times the number of FHD. 

8K quadruples that figure again to 7680×4320 for 33177600 pixels! That’s a whopping four times the resolution of 4K and sixteen times the resolution of FHD.

The higher the pixel count of a screen the more fine detail you can see. Assuming it has an image of the same quality to display. Although the amount of detail that’s in the picture isn’t the same as the amount of detail the human eye can see!

Why Is 8K Gaming so Hard?

Unlike a pre-recorded movie, a video game has to calculate the exact value of each pixel on screen in real time. Since video games are interactive media, the images can’t be prepared beforehand. You control camera movement and choices made in the game, so an extremely tight feedback loop exists from where you give the game commands using a controller and the image on screen changes in response.

While the level of difficulty in rendering (that’s all the math needed to make the picture) doesn’t scale in a straight line as resolution goes up, it’s not far off. This implies that to render a game at 8K, you need (as much as) sixteen times the processing power compared to rendering it at FHD.

If you can’t increase the amount of processing power the console (or computer) has, then you have to resort to other methods of reducing the workload on it:

  • Reduce the frame rate, providing more time to do the math for each image but with choppier motion.
  • Decrease the quality of the render. (e.g. shadow detail, particle effects, etc.)

In both cases, you’re trading detail in another area to free up resources for a higher resolution. So you might have a sharper image, but the render is less pleasing to look at or runs with less fluidity.

Will There Really Be 8K Games on PS5 and Xbox Series X?

We have no doubt that there will be some titles that offer an 8K resolution mode at some point in the future. There are many simpler video games that would have no trouble running well at this resolution. We also expect that some backwards compatible games from the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 generation (and older) could get 8K resolution enhancements.

Running brand-new triple-A quality games at 8K on existing console hardware can safely be considered out of reach. At least if games are rendered at “native” 8K resolution. These days video games can use dynamic resolution technology to render each frame at the resolution required to achieve a specific frame rate. So it’s conceivable that some games could dynamically target 8K, although rarely reach it.

Can I Play in 8K Today?

Even if you own one of the rare (and incredibly expensive) 8K displays on the market today, you still won’t be able to get 8K output from either the PS5 or Xbox Series X. There are no games on either platform that support this resolution. Despite “8K” being advertised on the packaging for new consoles,it’s a feature that still needs to be enabled.

The only place you can currently play games in 8K is on a gaming PC. Even then, using the most powerful gaming hardware on Earth doesn’t offer great results, with serious compromises or upscaling technology needed to achieve playable frame rates.

120Hz and 4K are Worth Caring About

Borderlands 3 supports 120Hz gaming on console.

With the latest generation of consoles, 8K resolution isn’t all that relevant. However, there are other aspects of these machines that are worth looking into for the average player.

The CPUs in the PS5 and Xbox Series X are powerful enough to make high-frame rate gaming possible. If you have a TV that supports 120Hz visuals then you can enjoy a growing number of games that have 120fps modes. This offers hyper-smooth motion and razor-sharp responsiveness. In most cases this comes at the cost of resolutions below 4K or even below FHD, but it has a much more dramatic effect on gameplay than an 8K resolution would.

The sweet spot for this generation thus far is gaming at 60 frames per second at a resolution targeting 4K.This is achievable for many cross-generation or previous-generation titles. At normal viewing distances 4K is noticeably sharper than FHD and doubling the frame rate from the last-generation’s 30 frames per second to 60 is a dramatic improvement. Virtually all modern flat panel displays support 60Hz output, so it’s also a much more accessible option.

8K Isn’t Worth It, for Now. 

One of the biggest problems with 8K as a concept is that we’re reaching the limits of how much detail the human eye can perceive. At least when it comes to typical viewers, sitting at normal viewing distances relative to the size of the screen. 

Early in 2020, results of a study were published where participants took part in a double-blind experiment. Each participant was shown either an 8K or 4K image and had to rate which looked better. On average most people can’t tell the difference, although interestingly people with better than 20/20 vision could tell what was 8K or not with better accuracy. The overall conclusion is that the perceived improvement from 4K to 8K is one that most people can’t see and even those who can don’t rate it as particularly dramatic.

That’s a different situation than the obvious increase in sharpness going from FHD to 4K. Then again, an FHD image is hardly blurry judged on its own merits. Even 4K becomes indistinguishable from FHD if you’re sitting too far from the screen relative to its size.

So what’s the bottom line? Let’s lay it down:

  • Gaming at 8K requires massive amounts of processing power, which consoles and even top-end PCs don’t have, unless the game is older or relatively simple.
  •  8K televisions and 8K content is currently nearly nonexistent.
  • A 4K resolution with better refresh rates, contrast and color will create a much more dramatic perceived image quality improvement than 8K by itself.

We don’t recommend at this time that anyone should spare a thought for 8K. It will be a long time (if ever) for this next step in resolution to become relevant and it certainly isn’t going to be practical on current PS5 and Xbox Series X consoles.

10 Best Nintendo Switch Retro Games

The Nintendo Switch has been a massive hit for Nintendo with amazing new first-party games such as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Then there are fantastic video game ports from the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 generation which have new life breathed into them by going handheld. 

Skyrim, for example, feels like an entirely new title now that we can take it on the go. Yet it’s not just these (relatively) modern games that have found an unlikely home on the Nintendo Switch. If you know where to look, you’ll also find some amazing retro titles from the 8- 16- and 32- bit console generations. 

There are even a few retro PC ports thrown in as well! If you’re feeling a little nostalgic for the way games used to be, the following are the best Nintendo Switch retro games in our opinion.

DOOM 1, 2 & 64

Every main Doom entry is available on the Nintendo Switch. That includes Doom 1,2,3, 64, Doom 2016 and Doom Eternal. Only Dooms 1,2 and 64 count as retro mind you, but we thought you should know the extent of the available games. Yes, this entry has three titles. Just pretend we used the Konami code to cheat more entries into the list.

Doom 1 and 2 not only include great ports of the original games, Bethesda and ID have also added several of the very best Doom mods and conversions and keep adding more as time goes on. Which makes the first two games incredibly good value for money. Doom 64 was only ever available on the Nintendo 64 officially. In 2020 it received ports to PC and console, which included the Switch. It’s also a wickedly-good classic Doom experience.

All three of these games are amazing retro shooters where you fill the blood-soaked boots of a lone space marine fighting demons on Mars, Mars’ moons, in Hell and on Earth. Best of all, you can shoot your buddies via LAN or split-screen play. It’s a “hell” of a blast!

Duke Nukem 3D: 20th Anniversary World Tour

Another classic shooter from the 32-bit era, this release of Duke Nukem 3D is perhaps our favorite. It’s certainly the best handheld version, supplanting the excellent yet overlooked Sony Vita port of the game.

Duke Nukem 3D was the rowdy, raunchy shooter that didn’t take itself seriously but still offered a pitch-perfect shooter experience. Duke has to deal with an alien invasion and the mass kidnapping of Earth’s babes.

This version of the game offers the classic Duke experience, but also a new true 3D rendering mode as well as an entirely new original episode! It’s a great way to play Duke Nukem on the big screen or on the go.

The Nintendo Online NES and SNES Collection

Instead of selling us their retro classic games yet again on Switch, Nintendo has decided to offer a NES and SNES game library to anyone who subscribes to the Nintendo Online service. The service is fairly cheap, especially if you’re using the family plan to cover multiple consoles, but you can also try a 7-day trial if you’ve never subscribed before. 

It’s worth it just for the cloud save backup function, but locked in these two apps are some of the best 8-bit and 16-bit games ever made. These include heavy hitters such as The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and Super Metroid, but also quirky titles such as Zelda 2 and StarTropics. It’s amazing value for money and every Switch owner should try these Nintendo Switch retro games at least once. There’s a very good chance you’ll discover (or re-discover) an unforgettable title.

The Sega Genesis/Mega Drive Classics Collection

Not to be outdone by erstwhile rival Nintendo, Sega have put out their own mega collection of classic titles for the ultra-popular Sega Genesis (or Mega Drive, depending on where you’re from) console.

Rather than charge you a monthly fee however, you can buy the entire collection outright and keep it forever. This is more than just a collection of ROMs, you access the games via a period-accurate virtual bedroom, with a shelf stuffed with some of the very best games from that generation. That includes Sega mainstays such as Sonic the Hedgehog and Golden Axe, but almost every title is worth having. 

The emulation is great, but not perfect. However, all but the most picky purists wouldn’t enjoy this excellent collection. It is worth waiting for it to go on sale, with 50% discounts happening once or twice a year. Simply wishlist the game to get an alert when the price drops.

Castlevania Anniversary Collection

This is the last collection on the list, but certainly not the least. Castlevania is half responsible for the birth of the “metroidvania” genre and this anniversary collection includes no fewer than eight classic Castlevania games, starting from the very first title. 

It also includes Kid Dracula, a game released in Japanese only for the GameBoy, but now available in English. The collection includes a “History of Castlevania” book and features such as quick save. So you don’t have to go all the way back to the start of a level if a boss wipes you out. Which they will!

Sega Ages Virtua Racing

While this arcade hit did receive a lackluster port to the Sega Genesis and Sega 32X, this is the first time that a perfect port has been released for home systems. Not only is it perfect, it’s actually a significant improvement over the arcade original, with much sharper graphics and flawless framerates. 

Virtual Racing may be short, but it’s addictive and great fun to play with friends. It’s also a historically important Nintendo Switch retro game, heralding the advent of true 3D graphics in arcades. Definitely pick this one up.

Sega Ages Phantasy Star

Phantasy Star is a significant title in the history of Japanese role playing games, but this first title was strangely hard to find. The three sequels are all part of the Genesis Collection mentioned above, but Sega finally made things right and released a perfectly emulated version of the game as part of the Sega Ages series. 

This is a pure, good old dungeon crawler which originally paved the way for this branch of the JRPG family tree. It’s still an engrossing game to play today and the graphics preserve the very best of what the 8-bit Sega Master System could pull off.

Classic Final Fantasy Games

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There is a long list of mainline Final Fantasy games on the Switch, but the only ones we feel deserve the “retro” label are numbers 7, 8 and 9. Given that older titles are not yet on the system. 

All three have received quality of life improvements (such as cheats and fast forwarding) with Final Fantasy 8 getting a complete remaster. All of these games represent the best of the series in different ways, although 8 and 9 don’t get as much love as they deserve. Three epic adventures for very little money, who could say no?

Commander Keen in Keen Dreams

The last game on our list isn’t the best of its series, but we think it should be here because it’s actually a re-release of a classic MS-DOS platformer. While the consoles tend to get most of the attention for this genre of game, ID Software (of Doom fame) actually made a series of fantastic platforming games featuring the boy genius Commander Keen. 

For our money the sequel Goodbye Galaxy is the better game, but Keen Dreams is still tons of fun and maybe if enough people buy it, Goodbye Galaxy will get the same treatment. Fair warning, there’s also a “Definitive Edition” of this game on the Switch eShop. This Nintendo Switch retro game version is more modernized, and makes big changes to the title. It’s a fine game in its own right, but if you want the original experience go for this one instead.

Which are your favorite Nintendo Switch retro games? Let us know in the comments and share the retro-gaming love!

Twitch vs YouTube: Which Is Better for Streaming?

Game streaming has hit the mainstream, but there aren’t many competitors to the two biggest names in the industry: YouTube and Twitch. Twitch is built with streaming entirely in mind, while YouTube has a rich history with millions of amateur videos, with streaming an ever-increasing focus for the platform.

YouTube and Twitch are great options for streaming, whether it’s streaming your own content or viewing somebody else’s. But there are plenty of differences to consider. If you’re wondering which is best in the battle between Twitch vs YouTube, this guide should help you decide.

User Interface and Stream Quality

Twitch and YouTube are built with ease-of-use in mind, with a user interface that gamers can quickly use and understand on their desktop PCs, mobile devices, and big-screen interfaces such as games consoles.

On Twitch, the interface is easy to navigate, with recommendations front-and-center on the front page. If you’re subscribed to any Twitch channels, you can quickly access them via the icons on the right. When you’re viewing a stream, you’ll see basic controls along the bottom of the video, with a collapsible chat on the right.

For streamers, Twitch’s interface isn’t too different, either. Most of the settings you’ll need are available through the Creator Dashboard (accessible from the Twitch menu), where you can begin streams, set quality settings, run ads, check moderation, link your Twitch streaming software, and more.

Unfortunately, some of YouTube’s best-known features (such as rewinding a live video) aren’t available for live Twitch stream viewers. YouTube does allow this for live streams, so if you’re on a poor connection, or just need to stop for a moment, you can pause or rewind the stream to catch up.

YouTube’s biggest advantage in this area is familiarity, however. YouTube’s interface is even simpler to use than Twitch’s, with channel subscriptions and trending streams and videos accessible on the left. In the main interface, you can view recommended videos, search for new videos, streams or channels, and more.

YouTube also has another advantage over Twitch: stream quality. Twitch streams are capped at 1080p HD streams at 60fps (frames per second), while YouTube streamers can stream up to 4K (2160p) at 60fps, putting it ahead of Twitch, although you may need to choose a good bitrate to maximize this.

Audience Discovery and Viewing Figures

In a way, YouTube and Twitch are like apples and oranges—they’re both fruit, but they’re ultimately very different tastes. Twitch and Youtube are similar, largely because of the way the audiences on both platforms are formed.

On Twitch, viewers will find new streamers based on the game they’re streaming. If you’re a streamer who plays Sea of Thieves, you’ll be categorized in the Sea of Thieves category when you’re streaming. Twitch’s algorithm will likely recommend new viewers, too, based on the length of time they’ve watched that game previously.

You can still be recommended as a stream to viewers on YouTube, but it’s increasingly likely that newer streamers are priced out by bigger names. Most YouTube channels focus on video creation as a result, building up videos they can publish at their leisure to build their audience, rather than streaming consistently.

This has created a bit of a contrast between the two platforms, where streaming on YouTube centers around big game releases and on major YouTube personalities. Big YouTuber streamers playing Call of Duty: Warzone are a recent example of the success of this strategy. 

Twitch, however, makes it much easier for smaller games and smaller streams to survive. Even if you’re only streaming to 10 people, you’re more likely to be recommended to new viewers on Twitch than on YouTube, especially if you’re playing less popular games.

In terms of absolute numbers, you’re more likely to see a greater number of streams with a large number of viewers on YouTube. Unless you have a huge channel to begin with. However, you’ll be able to find it easier to build an audience with Twitch.

Monetization Opportunities

Regardless of the difficulties in building up an audience, the monetization opportunities for streamers on Twitch and YouTube are huge—if you’re consistent.

Twitch may throw some crumbs your way through recommendations, especially if you’re playing less popular games, but you’re unlikely to build up a community who cares about your stream without a regular schedule, where more viewers (and more subscribers) means a higher revenue per stream.

YouTube has even more difficulties, requiring you to reach 4000 watch hours over 12 months and over 1000 subscribers to become a YouTube Partner. Only YouTube Partners can monetize their videos, which prices out most channels. New YouTube channels will need a regular schedule of streams and videos to aim for this.

YouTube Partners mostly receive revenue through ads, but if you’re streaming, you can also receive direct donations from your audience, with a 70/30 split between yourself and YouTube for each donation. Again, this is only possible for YouTube Partners, limiting the monetization efforts to bigger channels.

Twitch, too, has similar restrictions, but at much reduced levels. From the beginning, you can set up a donation link on Twitch to help gain outside income. The big money, however, is in Twitch Prime (now Prime Gaming) subscriptions, pre-stream and mid-stream video ads, as well as “bits” donations, all directly through Twitch itself.

To do this, however, you need to become a Twitch Partner or Affiliate. Affiliates require at least 500 minutes of streaming over 7 days in the last 30 days, as well as a minimum of 50 followers and 3 concurrent viewers on average. Partners require 25 hours over 12 days in the last 30 days, with an average of 75 viewers.

As long as the route to become a YouTube Partner is lengthy and out-of-reach for most streamers, Twitch offers the best opportunities for monetization. If you have a YouTube channel, however, and want to build revenue from past streams and videos, you may want to play the long game and stay with Google’s platform instead.

Twitch vs YouTube: Choosing a Streaming Platform

Whether you’re keen to start streaming on Twitch or thinking about giving YouTube a go, it’s never been easier to start. Once you’re streaming regularly, you’ll want to invest in a good camera, microphone, and capture card to increase the quality of your streams, gain a bigger audience, and become eligible for monetization.

Twitch, in particular, has a number of features to help you build a bigger platform and network with other streamers. If you start raiding on Twitch, you can help other streamers and gain followers back yourself. You can also think about making Twitch emotes to help insert some of your own personality into your streams.

7 Best SSDs for Gaming

Choosing the right SSD for your gaming PC or console can change your whole user experience. A good SSD for gaming will give you the extra speed and make everything work smoother. On top of that, if you consider the amount of space modern games take up, getting the best SSD should be on top of your priority list when it comes to a gaming PC build

Whether you’re looking for the maximum storage space, cheapest price, or good value for money, you’ll find the right option for you on our list of the best SSDs for gaming. 

1. Samsung 970 EVO Plus – The Best Overall 

Samsung 970 EVO Plus is one of the fastest top performing drives on the market. If you’re looking for the best SSD for gaming that you can get right now, you should seriously consider getting the 970 EVO Plus. 

It’s the most recent solid state drive from Samsung that can outperform its competition thanks to the Samsung Phoenix controller. Thanks to some of the strongest write performance out there, the 970 EVO Plus can handle tough workloads.

Samsung 970 EVO Plus promises an impressive 3,500MB/s sequential read speed and 3,200MB/s sequential write speed. Another pleasant surprise is that this SSD is more than affordable for the specs it offers.

Overall, if you’re a fan of Samsung SSD technology and want to get top PCle 3.0 performance at a bargain price, Samsung 970 EVO Plus is a great pick for you. 

2. Addlink S70 – The Best Value for Money

Addlink S70 is a lesser-known NVMe SSD compared to Samsung, but considering the super fast speed it offers and the relatively low price it’s definitely an alternative worth looking into. The speed we’re talking about with Addlink S70 is up to 3,400MB/s read speed and 3,000MB/s write speed. 

Other advantages of Addlink S70 include excellent endurance and a compelling performance. This SSD’s capacity varies from 256GB, to 512GB, 1TB, and 2TB. If you’re looking for a serious upgrade, 1TB or 2TB will be both great options that can store your operating system as well as a ton of games. 

3. Sabrent Rocket PCLe 4.0 NVMe – For Top Specs

If you’re looking for the best next-gen SSD for gaming out there that will give you top speed and peak performance, Sabrent Rocket might be the best pick for you. The Sabrent Rocket uses PCLe 4.0 interface which outperforms all of the PCLe 3.0 drives behind. 

The 5,000MB/s sequential read speed and 4,400MB/s sequential write speed are there to back it up. 

The Sabrent Rocket isn’t the cheapest way to put an NVMe drive into your system. The Sabrent Rocket is pricier than Addlink S70 and some other entries on this list which might be a better fit to someone who’s on a budget. 

However, if you want to get your hand on the next-gen SSD that offers impressive speed, high endurance, and a reasonable price tag, the Sabrent Rocket PCLe 4.0 NVMe is worth considering. 

4. WD Black SN750 – For Maximum Storage 

Western Digital’s SSD is a solid competitor of the Samsung 970 EVO Plus, offering similar performance and speed but undercutting them when it comes to its price. 

WD Black SN750 comes with a gaming mode that prevents your device from switching to the low-power mode. It’s designed to maintain high performance during your gaming sessions. If you’re worried about generating too much heat, there’s a version of this SSD with an add-on heatsink made of solid aluminum and firm EKWD. 

Storage capacity is a crucial factor for many. WD Black SN750 pushes the limits with the 64-layer 3D NAND. If you’re looking for the best SSD for gaming that can offer you maximum storage, WD Black SN750 is your best pick. 

5. Crucial P2 – The Best Budget SSD

If you’re on a budget and searching for an affordable way to speed up your computer, have a look at Crucial P2 SSD. Of course, you’ll have to compromise, since Crucial P2 only comes with 2,300MB/s sequential read speed and 1,900MB/s sequential write speed, which is far from the fastest NVMe SSD on this list. However, those are still high speeds that you won’t find on a SATA SSD

Given the price and the compact size of this SSD, Crucial P2 is still the best budget option for your gaming setup. 

6. HP S700 Pro – For Best Endurance

If you’re especially worried about data loss and are looking for an SSD that will last you forever, or at least through multiple computers, HP S700 Pro is a good choice. While most SSDs come with a 5-year warranty, HP S700 Pro offers up to 2 million hours of use and up to 650 terabytes written. This SSD is built to last, and you can definitely rely on this one. 

Among other perks, HP S700 Pro promises high performance, quiet operating volume, and power efficiency. However, since it’s a SATA III SSD, it’s relatively slow compared to the other items on this list. Though if it’s the durability and low price that you’re after, HP S700 Pro is still an option worth considering. 

7. ADATA SE800 – The Best External SSD

The ADATA SE800 is one the best external SSDs that you can get right now. It’s compact and has a sleek look, it’s durable, fast, and most importantly – available for a reasonable price. If you’re looking for an external SSD for gaming that’s nearly impossible to break, the ADATA SE800 is a good pick. This SSD has an Ingress Protection rating of IP68, meaning that it’s both dustproof and waterproof. 

The ADATA SE800 is an M/2 Type-2242 SSD, formatted as exFAT by default. It can easily be reformatted and is compatible with Windows, Mac, Android, Linux, as well as Xbox Series X and PS5. So if you’re looking to expand the external storage for your PS5, this SSD could be a good fit. 

What SSD for Gaming Will You Get?

No matter what it is you’re after with your SSD, the top specs, maximum storage, or cheap price, there’s a good variety of options available on the market. If you’re not sure what exactly you’re looking for, check out our SSD buying guide to get a better understanding of the different types of SSDs and how they can improve your gaming experience.

What SSD do you have your eye on? Did you find it on our list? Share your experience with buying an SSD for gaming in the comments section below.