The first thing on everyone's mind when Microsoft announced
its new Xbox Live Video
service was how long the measly 20GB HDD would hold out. For most Xbox 360
users out there, the 20GB drive included with Xbox 360 Platinum has already
been bombarded with game demos, music videos, movie and game trailers, save
games and various other odds and ends. The prospects of adding high-definition
movies and television shows to the mix would be enough to make the drive burst
at the seams.
While Microsoft won't confirm the rumors
of a possible 80GB HDD launch in the near future to give users more space
for downloadable content, Aaron Greenberg, Group Product Marketing Manager for
the Xbox, offers this bit of
advice for those looking for more storage space:
know what, I don’t know. At this point we’re not ready yet to roll out a bigger
hard drive. I can tell you what people tell me they do to get around this. What
they do is they put their Live account on a memory unit and then they have one
hard drive that they put their games or related content on, and then they have
another drive that they put their movies and TV on. So you know, this isn’t
ideal, but there’s some ways to work around that today. If you download the
content on one hard drive, and save your Live account on the memory unit, you
can still have your hard drives hold all the content. That’s not a perfect
workaround, but there’s some flexibility that people can do.
So Microsoft's solution is for users to buy another $99 20GB
Xbox 360 hard drive and to use a $40 memory card to store your gamer profile.
The simple alternative would be to just allow gamers to use their own external
hard drives and USB thumb drives for downloads, but that isn't likely to
But for the adventurous folks out there, you can always perform
open heart surgery on your existing hard drive enclosure and add a larger
quote: BUT: IF SONY screws it up (unlikely to happen now!), I WILL hunt them down, and show them a place where the Sun ain't rising again!
quote: PS: It doesn't run on batteries anyway ;)
quote: odds in ends