Sony points out that Xbox 360 Core system does not come with a hard drive

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."

"Well, we didn't have anyone in line that got shot waiting for our system." -- Nintendo of America Vice President Perrin Kaplan
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