Seagate has been marketing their gaming-focused storage products under the FireCuda brand over the last few years. With a focus on performance, these products have typically been flash-based and/or cater to the high-bandwidth peripherals market using Thunderbolt. Today, the company is introducing a couple of new hard-drive-based products focusing on capacity and the aspect that gamers seem to love (based on market demand) - RGB lighting.

The FireCuda Gaming Hard Drive is a 2.5" bus-powered external HDD complete with RGB lighting (customizable using Seagate's Toolkit software as well as Razer Chroma). It is available in capacities of 1TB, 2TB, and 5TB with MSRPs of $80, $110, and $180 respectively. Street prices are lower, as can be seen from product listings online.

Similar to Seagate's current bus-powered external HDD lineup, the new FireCuda Gaming Hard Drive also sports a USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps) Micro-B interface. While we haven't received official confirmation yet, it is likely that the new drives are also SMR-based like the Seagate Backup Plus line. One of the interesting value additions is the inclusion of Rescue Data Recovery services for three years in addition to the one year warranty.

The FireCuda Gaming Hub will become available in the market a little later - This is a full-fledged 3.5" HDD in a RGB enclosure. It has to be externally powered, which also allows the product to carry front-facing USB-C and USB-A ports (both 3.2 Gen 1 - 5Gbps) and act as a hub. The Rescue DRS value-addition is applicable to this product also. The product will be available in two capacity points - 8TB for $220, and 16TB for $400. The latter SKU is interesting from the viewpoint of the internal drive - this will probably be the first product to carry Seagate's consumer-focused 16TB HDD, as they do not have a BarraCuda 16TB in the retail market currently.

Source: Seagate

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  • Spunjji - Thursday, April 22, 2021 - link

    I really wouldn't know, I'm just a dumbass who enjoys video games 🤷‍♂️
  • Operandi - Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - link

    Look no further than "gaming" chairs.
  • TheinsanegamerN - Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - link

    One fo my coworkers was talking about hwo great their new chair is.

    I looked it up. One of those "gaming" chairs with RGB. $350.

    People are dumb.
  • Spunjji - Thursday, April 22, 2021 - link

    Based on a quick straw poll, Herman Miller office chairs go for between £300 and £1400 in the UK. If it's actually a well-made chair then that's a pretty reasonable price, regardless of the stupidity of the RGB lights.

    If not, well, they got had.
  • MDD1963 - Tuesday, May 4, 2021 - link

    Not sure how I ever gamed over the decades without a gaming chair, 'gaming' keyboard, 'gaming mouse, gaming mouse pad, or even a 'gaming NIC'...!!!!!!!!!
  • zodiacfml - Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - link

    Same thoughts but I think this is about old gamers vs young gamers. I find too many low quality games these days and pricey gaming peripherals being bought like it is the best thing. I'm itching to buy new games and hardware but no.
  • darckhart - Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - link

    This. Remember when you didn't need to pay for another service just to play online with your friends? Remember when games actually worked on release? instead of needing a day 1 patch. that is the size of the game. again. and actually were complete stories? with an expansion a couple years later which basically had enough content to feel like you got your money's worth?
  • zodiacfml - Thursday, April 22, 2021 - link

    demand for games/game industry got larger ever since and younger game developers came. They aren't as experienced as those who started in 90's, so we have plenty new games with insane graphics/art/acting and in size but poor quality/fun as a game.
  • Spunjji - Thursday, April 22, 2021 - link

    I also remember having a non-zero number of games in my library that were literally impossible to complete because the cartridge shipped with game-breaking bugs.

    I get that a lot of games have gone in a rubbish direction, but it isn't all of them. Many of the games I play come from developers who have put a lot of effort into transforming the game into something even better long after "launch", and sometimes (not always) I'm happy to pay for the convenience that modern online services provide. I prefer having options, though.
  • yetanotherhuman - Thursday, April 22, 2021 - link


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