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
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.