When Microsoft announced its Xbox Live Video service
that would allow gamers to download high-definition movies and television
shows, it started getting some serious flak for the smallish 20GB HDD included
with the Xbox 360 Platinum. Sure, the drive had been criticized in the past as
it only had about 13GB of useable space from the start; but adding downloadable
movies to the mix along with the already abundant game demos and trailers just
makes matters worse.
Microsoft didn't make matters any better when pressed on the
issue of a larger hard drive being added to the Xbox 360's arsenal in the
future. Microsoft's Aaron Greenberg suggested that gamers buy
an additional 20GB Xbox 360 hard drive and a 64MB memory card to alleviate
Sony is making things a bit easier for gamers with its
PlayStation 3. Sony encourages its customers to upgrade their hard drives and
even gives them instructions on how to do so in the PS3
user manual. The HDD used in the PS3 is a standard
2.5" SATA unit, so just about any drive should work should you crave
more storage space.
Sony has a serious leg up on Microsoft in this aspect of the
PS3's design. A quick trip over to Newegg shows that a 120GB Toshiba drive will
set you back $100
while a spacious 160GB Hitachi drive will cost you $165.
A second 20GB Xbox 360 hard drive will cost you $100
and the rumored 80GB
drive would more than likely top the $200 mark.
Stay tuned for more in-depth PS3 and Wii coverage from DailyTech in the day…
quote: Also, selling two versions of the Xbox 360 is bad for game players and good for Microsoft because it allows them to overcharge for the differences between the two versions. It also allows them to lower the quality of the core version only to make the expensive version look better. They're doing this solely to minimize the loss on each console sold and keep their investors calm.