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Western Digital unveils WD_BLACK SN770M SSD for enhanced mobile gaming
Tue, 9th Jan 2024

Electronics company Western Digital has unveiled its new WD_BLACK SN770M NVMe SSD, a high-performance storage tool aimed at enhancing the mobile gaming experience. Marketed as a premium M.2 2230 solution, the device targets handheld PC gamers seeking more storage flexibility and power for their devices.

The WD_BLACK SN770M NVMe SSD has been designed as part of a response to the burgeoning mobile gaming market as more AAA titles are released. The storage tool will aid gamers in making the most of their on-the-go gaming experience by expanding their gaming PC's internal storage, allowing them to carry their game library anywhere.

Eric Spanneut, Vice President of Client SSDs for Western Digital, said, "With game sizes continually becoming larger, it's easy for handheld game consoles to fill up over time with new games and regular updates."

He mentioned that this new SSD is poised to provide a solution, as it not only "boosts available storage up to two terabytes" but is also "specifically designed to handle the peak performance of demanding games for handheld gaming PCs."

The small form factor of the WD_BLACK SN770M NVMe SSD provides users with more options to expand their game libraries with up to 2TB of Western Digital TLC 3D NAND. Beyond merely increasing the storage capacity, the drive offers an immersive experience with exclusive gaming features, including PCIe Gen 4.0, Western Digital's nCache 4.0 technology, and Microsoft's DirectStorage support. These features aim to enhance the performance of compatible handheld devices like the ASUS ROG Ally, offering speeds of up to 5,150 MB/s for faster game installations and level loads.

Shawn Yen, Vice President of Gaming at ASUS, commented on the capacity requirements for AAA game titles, which can reach over 150GB in size. He endorsed the WD_BLACK SN770M as a gaming-optimized mobile SSD for devices like the ROG Ally to help gamers "play more of their best games by expanding internal storage."

Renato Fragale, Senior Director of Product Management at AMD, expressed enthusiasm about collaborating with WD_BLACK on the SN770M NVMe SSDs. He sees it as a testament to AMD's commitment to reshaping the mobile gaming landscape in partnership with industry leaders. Fragale highlighted the joint effort to broaden the handheld gaming ecosystem, aiming to introduce a new era of potent, portable, and cost-effective systems that ensure an outstanding gaming experience regardless of location.

Renato Fragale said, "WD_BLACK SN770M NVMe SSDs will be yet another example of how AMD is working with leading partners to redefine the mobile gaming landscape."

"Together, we are expanding the handheld gaming ecosystem by creating a new generation of powerful, portable, and affordable systems that deliver an exceptional experience no matter where you game."

The WD_BLACK SN770M NVMe SSD is currently available for purchase, retailing in Australia at AUD $239.00 for the 1TB version and AUD $439 for the 2TB model. The product comes with Western Digital's five-year limited warranty and can be found at local retailer JB Hi-Fi.