With the 512MB Memory Unit on its way, why bother with the 64MB one?
Xbox 360 gets a bigger memory card, but no new hard drive

As one of the first announcements out of this year’s Game Developers Conference, Microsoft today said that it plans to launch a 512MB Memory Unit for the Xbox 360. The 512MB Memory Unit will be available worldwide beginning April 3, 2007, will retail for an estimated retail price of $49.99.

While Xbox 360 Premium owners may have little use for a memory unit, the added eightfold capacity over the 64MB Memory Unit will be welcome for those still without a hard drive on their console. The 512MB Memory Unit will provide Xbox 360 owners with expanded capabilities to store transport their gamer profile, save game data and Xbox Live Arcade games. The 512MB Memory Unit also gives Xbox 360 owners the ability to download exclusive content from any of the 45,000 Xbox 360 kiosks accessible at retail outlets worldwide.

As an added bonus, the 512MB Memory Unit will be pre-loaded with the hit Xbox LIVE Arcade game “Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved” from developer Bizarre Creations Ltd. for a limited time. The original 64MB Memory Unit will simultaneously drop in price from $39.99 to $29.99.

This latest move by Microsoft could be a sign showing that the company is willing to address matters of limited storage. While a bigger memory unit is good news for owners of Core systems, the announcement that all Xbox Live Marketplace users are waiting for is one about a bigger hard drive.

A roomier hard drive for the Xbox 360 has been spied and rumored several times, though Microsoft denies that it is exploring the possibility of a larger drive, with Bill Gates saying that 20GB should remain plenty.

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