Shortly after Microsoft announced its plans to provide high-definition movies
and TV shows via Xbox Live, Sony piped up with a comment about the new
service."I think they are doing a disservice to their consumer base because they are
ignoring all those people who bought the Core system," said SCEA PR chief Dave
Karraker in a GameSpot story.
Microsoft's Xbox 360 Core system does not ship with a hard drive, which is
required hardware for users to take advantage of the upcoming high-def service.
A 20GB hard drive may be added to the Core system for under $100, giving it the
same data storage capabilities of a Premium console.
In reference to the fact that even the lower-tiered PlayStation 3 ships with
a 20GB drive, Karraker said, "We would never segregate or shut out any of our
consumers from our entertainment experience because they didn't buy the top of
the line system."