New WD_Black™ products dedicated to gamers

Western Digital Corp. (NASDAQ: WDC), today introduced a portfolio of external storage solutions to the South African market, enabling PC and console gamers to access new engaging experiences and capture more winning gameplay, without maxing out their gaming storage. The solutions include a first-to-industry SuperSpeed USB (20Gb/s), USB 3.2 gen 2×2 port in a game drive.

Use Case

Games on the market today use the latest in graphics technologies, taking advantage of immersive environments such as augmented and virtual reality. These modern applications call for higher performance and file sizes, with some games approaching or exceeding file sizes of 100GB. This presents a challenge for gamers who don’t want to sacrifice their current favorite games while trying out the latest games on the market.

Building on top-tier performance of the WD_Black™ SN750 NVMe™ SSD currently on the market, the five new solutions have been thoughtfully designed and purpose-built to address these storage challenges, all based on recognized Western Digital quality and reliability. They provide the performance, capacity and reliability to help PC and console gamers to drive their game and play without limits. With WD_Black SSDs offering boosted loading screen speeds, gamers can get back to what they love: winning.

By teaming up with Microsoft, some of the new solutions offer up to three months of membership of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate to give gamers access to a curated library of over 100 great games to discover on console and PC, as well as all the benefits of Xbox Live Gold.**

“Gamers often share their feelings with us about how the performance and capacity limitations of their current systems inhibits the overall quality of their gaming experiences,” said Ghassan Azzi, Sales Director, Africa at Western Digital. “we are providing solutions to gamers, irrespective of whether they have been playing for years or have just started out and are looking for a high-performance edge. Overall, the latest additions to our WD_Black™ portfolio will ensure that anyone can now capture and enjoy a variety of games, in one accessible place.”

Product Details

 New products in the WD_Black gaming portfolio are:

WD_Black™ P10 Game Drive:
    HDD with up to 5TB2 - holds up to 125 games1
    Portable form factor with a USB 3.2 Gen 1 port
    High-performance to optimize the console or PC gaming experience
    Three-year limited warranty
WD_Black™ P50 Game Drive:
    SSD featuring a first-to-industry USB 3.2 gen 2x2 port for a game drive with speeds up to 2000MB/s*
    Up to 2TB2 of additional storage to keep cherished games and save new ones
    Five-year limited warranty
WD_Black™ D10 Game Drive:
    HDD comes with up to 8TB2 capacity - holds up to 200 games1
    Speeds up to 250MB/s* and rated at 7200RPM with active cooling technology
    Three-year limited warranty
WD_Black™ D10 Game Drive for Xbox One:
    HDD comes with up to 12TB2 to save and grow an Xbox One gaming collection - holds up to 300 games1
    Included for free with purchase is a three-month membership of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate**
    Speeds up to 250MB/s* and rated at 7200RPM with active cooling technology
    Three-year limited warranty
WD_Black™ P10 Game Drive for Xbox One:
    HDD with up to 5TB2 - holds up to 125 games1
    Two-month membership of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate included with purchase, giving access to 100+ game titles on Xbox One and PC, as well as Xbox Gold Live
    High-performance to help optimize the Xbox One gaming experience
    Three-year limited warranty

Pricing and Availability

The new WD_Black portfolio is currently available at select Western Digital retailers, e-tailers, and resellers. From July onwards, products will be available to order on TakeAlot and at Incredible Connection from August onwards. The WD_Black P10 Game Drive comes in capacities of 2TB up to 5TB and ranges from R1,799 up to R2,949. The WD_Black P10 Game Drive for Xbox One comes in capacities of 3TB for R2,305. The WD_Black D10 Game Drive 8TB capacity is R4,715 . The WD_Black D10 Game Drive for Xbox One 12TB capacity is priced at R7,049. All prices vary depending on model and capacity. The WD_Black P10 Game Drive for Xbox One, the WD_Black D10 Game Drive and the WD_Black D10 for Xbox One will be available this quarter. The WD_Black P50 Game Drive is expected to be available in calendar Q4.

Enabling the possibilities of data, Western Digital offers the industry’s broadest portfolio of products and solutions to help people capture, preserve, access and transform their content. For more information, visit our website: www.wdblack.com

Western Digital: “We are tackling common gaming storage challenges to help make room for the latest releases, whether a gamer has been playing for years or is just starting out and looking for a high-performance edge. With the latest additions to our WD_Black™ portfolio, anyone from the casual to hardcore gamer can now capture a variety of games, in one accessible place.”

About Western Digital
Western Digital creates environments for data to thrive. As a leader in data infrastructure, the company is driving the innovation needed to help customers capture, preserve, access and transform an ever-increasing diversity of data. Everywhere data lives, from advanced data centers to mobile sensors to personal devices, our industry-leading solutions deliver the possibilities of data. Western Digital data-centric solutions are comprised of the Western Digital®, G-Technology™, SanDisk® and WD® brands.

1 Number of games based on a 36GB average per game. The number of games will vary based on file size, formatting, other programs, and factors.

2As used for storage capacity, 1GB = 1 billion bytes and 1TB = one trillion bytes. Actual user capacity may be less, depending on operating environment.

*Based on read speed, unless otherwise specified. As used for transfer rate, megabyte per second (MB/s) = one million bytes per second. Performance will vary depending on your hardware and software components and configurations.

**Available for a limited time. See product packaging for full details.

Western Digital, the Western Digital logo, G-Technology, SanDisk, WD, WD_BLACK and the WD_BLACK logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Western Digital Corporation or its affiliates in the U.S. and/or other countries. The NVMe word mark is a trademark of NVM Express, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Product specifications subject to change without notice. Pictures shown may vary from actual products. Not all products are available in all regions of the world.

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Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains certain forward-looking statements, including the expected pricing, availability, benefits, capabilities, capacity, performance and/or other features of the WD_BLACK™ branded products. There are a number of risks and uncertainties that may cause these forward-looking statements to be inaccurate including, among others: changes to specifications from standards organizations, volatility in global economic conditions; business conditions and growth in the storage ecosystem; impact of competitive products and pricing; market acceptance and cost of commodity materials and specialized product components; actions by competitors; unexpected advances in competing technologies; our development and introduction of products based on new technologies and expansion into new data storage markets; risks associated with acquisitions, mergers and joint ventures; difficulties or delays in manufacturing; and other risks and uncertainties listed in the company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), including the company’s most recently filed periodic report, to which your attention is directed. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof, and the company undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.

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