100GB Xbox 360 HD on the way?

Source: A snapshot from Korean game site Game Inside, reporting on a Microsoft event in Korea. What we heard: So far the response to downloadable demos, trailers, and game content on Xbox Live Marketplace has been overwhelmingly positive. So positive, in fact, that gamers are downloading files at...

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Source: A snapshot from Korean game site Game Inside, reporting on a Microsoft event in Korea.

What we heard: So far the response to downloadable demos, trailers, and game content on Xbox Live Marketplace has been overwhelmingly positive. So positive, in fact, that gamers are downloading files at record-setting rates.

The premium Xbox 360 came stocked with a 20GB hard drive, but with most demos hovering in the 500MB to 800MB range (and some topping 1GB) Xbox 360 owners are beginning to feel the pinch when it comes to available hard drive space. And with upcoming downloadable expansions such as the Knights of the Nine expansion for The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion and bonus packs for Grand Theft Auto IV expected to take up lots of room, hard drive space will be a necessity for 360 owners. Now it appears that even when its 2K9, gamers might still be able to hang on to that demo of NBA 2K6.

At the Microsoft-centric X06 Korea, some pictures of a bigger Xbox 360 hard drive have surfaced courtesy of Korean game site Game Inside. The photos appear to have been taken during a presentation hyping the new Xbox 360 accessories that are on their way, including the force feedback steering wheel, the wireless headset, and a 256MB memory card.

But what's of real interest to gamers starving for more HD space is the image of a hard drive emblazoned with the phrase "100GB." There isn't any other information on the hard drive (in English, anyway), and Microsoft has not announced anything on this side of the pond.

This isn't the first time the world has heard about a 100GB Xbox 360 hard drive. Back in April, a Spanish gaming Web site reported that a Microsoft insider said the company was working on a 100GB hard drive. Then again, the mole also said that Xbox Live Vision would be called "My Eye on You," that Gears of War would be out by Halloween, and that the HD-DVD peripheral would be $100.

The official story: Microsoft was unavailable for comment as of press time.

Bogus or not bogus?: Not bogus that a larger hard drive is in the works. Even with Microsoft not saying a word, it's obvious it needs to expand the capacity of the Xbox 360's hard drive sooner or later.

Discussion

307 comments
Cpt_Wuggles
Cpt_Wuggles

acualy... the current hard drive is a lap top hard drive... i ovened mine up and put a 200GB in it so hHAHAHA!!!!

_Sam_
_Sam_

I would really like this

Icepick2137
Icepick2137

You can buy a 20 gig hard drive for your PC for like 20 bucks, i didn't wanna buy the 20 gig for my 360, but the a 360 without a hard drive is terrible.

jonnyjd
jonnyjd

A larger HDD would be better, but unfortunately this doesn't look to be the case...yet. (my hopeful thinking)

Baddtrip_basic
Baddtrip_basic

360 got nothing on PS3. PS3 will be the greatest to hit the market.

AceCometh
AceCometh

They would have to drop the price on the 20gb hd for it to be affordable. My 360 came with the hd, but I haven't downloaded a lot of stuff like most of the XBL population. Oblivion is an exception. And PGR3. And Burnout Revenge. Okay, so I have been downloading lots of stuff after all! Anyways, if MS does indeed come out with that 100gb hd, I'd be surprised if it's not within the $99.99 - $129.99 price point. Even though I still have a good amount of space on my hd, I'd want the new one in hopes of it shortening loading times on Oblivion and my KotOR games.

R3DN1N3
R3DN1N3

DizCrzedGamer So is Microsoft going to hide anything else from you 360 fanboys? I mean the Red LIghts of Death weren't enough. The new 200 Hd-Dvd drive was not enough. Oh wtheck, lets release a bigger hard drive to keep suckering our fans! Go Microsoft..... better off spending the money on the PS3 or Wii. (select an action below) ______________ Report Abuse To Moderator Hide anything from us? Yeah ok sure buddy. This is coming from a guy respects a company that consistently crpas out cheap knockoffs from other companies and oh yeah might I remind u your $600 dollar dream machine is filled to the core with bugs and controllers that can't carry a charge. Yeah nice one jerk.

Thorpe89
Thorpe89

100 GB is very good for most players. I hope it is true.

TekkenMaster606
TekkenMaster606

It's like a Mastercard commercial, Xbox 360 + HD-DVD drive + HD-DVD drive = Priceless? How about pricey.

kcarlson1130
kcarlson1130

this is silly anyway. they only reason people are out of space is because they hold on to demos way after they are done playing them. but i guess if you want to pay for it thats your deal.

judge__judy
judge__judy

I don't think it will be that much more expenive because the 20gb model is overpriced even for the type of harddrive it is. The 100gb might even just replace the 20gb and sell for $100. -Probably not but anyway.

SilentHillX
SilentHillX

$100 for 20 gigs is a joke. PS2's HDD was 40gigs for $100 and an average portable 2.0 100gig HDD is $100. But rest assured it will not be as much as your all expecting. Just look at their Memory Units. 64MB for $40, yet the 256MB MU is $60... Microsoft needs to seriously re-evaluate their pricing for accessories...its ridiculous. Take it easy.

juareza
juareza

HA! Microsoft's plan from the start. Release a half-ass system so you have to pay a sh*t load of money to make it reasonable and bring it up to par. After all your money spent on making your 360 good enough it'll cost a hella of a lot more than PS3. Suckas!

Benny_is_here
Benny_is_here

What's up with "umbrae"'s crazy aspects of how big stuff is? Demos are rarely over 1 GB, save files are a couple of MB's (Oblivion saves are like 1 MB, PDZ saves are like 100 KB), trailers are between 50 and 300 MB (720p). I don't NEED a 100 GB, 20 GB is enough, but I wouldn't mind not having to delete content... I also have around 800 songs, and each song is 3-4 MB's.

umbrae
umbrae

It is very easy to fill a 20 gig drive. Most game demos are 2-3 gig. Not to mention save games and backward compatibility patches. I will mine every week. Can't wait for a larger one...

just4pool93
just4pool93

how is it possible to fill a 100GB hard drive on a video game system? i would rather have the 20GB because it is less expensive. i know you can download movies and stuff, but i have a 1GB memory card on my PSP and i have tons of videos/music/pictures/demos and i still have tons of space

pacerfan1231
pacerfan1231

THEY BETTER IF THEY WANT TO GIVE SONY A HARD TIME W/ SPACE!

IeraseU
IeraseU

I'd like to see a new premium package that includes an internal HD DVD player, HDMI, and a larger hard drive. Given that, I'd probably pick up a 360.

Digital-Hero
Digital-Hero

With less than 10.5 GB left on my 360 HDD, it would be great to buy a larger drive. The 20GB drive was a mistake to begin with.

valkyrie789
valkyrie789

20 gb = $100 100 gb = $500 i could buy another 360 and almost 2 games or a ps3 if i wanted one

largeprint48
largeprint48

they keep adding stuff and the ps3 is still better for what your paying for

JLCrogue
JLCrogue

They better come out with the 100GB hard drive soon, because my current one is almost out of space, but how am I supposed to transfer everything from my old hard drive to the new one?

Wii60-23
Wii60-23

i wonder how much it will cost

skyvader
skyvader

The 20gb will actually be packed in with the core. Basically making what was now called the premium into the core system. 100gb drive and hdmi equiped 360 will be out xmas 07. 2 years after the launch of the original 360. It falls into place with every other console made. Roughly 2+ years after it has been on the market, the mfg does something to the hardware to make it fresh and appealing to gamers who have not already gotten one. I'd like for them to just say they are making the 360 with hd dvd drive. But then again they can also make it with blueray if the blueray format takes off.

westsider101
westsider101

How would we transfer stuff to our "NEW LARGER HD's" is what i wonder

need_id07
need_id07

Hmmmm so how do we transfer files to our new shiny hard-drive? I don't want to be making anew gamertag and redoing all my progress b/c I ran out of space.

shasam712
shasam712

That's good, but it's going to be really expensive.

Riverwolf007
Riverwolf007

Why woulden't you just go buy the SATA adaptor thats already for sale for $50 it fits between the console and the harddrive and you connect it to your pc and use your pc's extra space?

ericblue21
ericblue21

I think it is great that 100GB HD is coming out, good for the gamers but, how much do we have to pay? I'm not here to compare the price of 360 to PS3 but I really hate when they do that, all kinda add-on device, camara, HD, HD-DVD HD, we've already spend lots money on system, games, and M$ points. I just don't think I'll spend another $150-200 to buy it. One other thing is has anyone try to connect your ipod and load the music to your 360? I tried it once but I can't then I found out because we can not download the protected muic, however most music ARE protected(I use I tune) if I want to listen to them on my 360 I have to copy them to the CD then play it so what's the point if we can't use it?

BadMunky
BadMunky

i have no need for more space

DizCrzedGamer
DizCrzedGamer

So is Microsoft going to hide anything else from you 360 fanboys? I mean the Red LIghts of Death weren't enough. The new 200 Hd-Dvd drive was not enough. Oh wtheck, lets release a bigger hard drive to keep suckering our fans! Go Microsoft..... better off spending the money on the PS3 or Wii.

R3DN1N3
R3DN1N3

We all know the 100GB hard drive is gonna cost more than the 20 GB but it will sold at a lower price in time. It's like the 2 gig memory for the PSP. It used to cost more than the 360's own hard drive but with time it was lowered all thanks to the 4 gig version. Don't think too much on this guys, just be smart and delete what u don't need like demos and what not...after all this is a "gaming machine" not a computer. -----------------------------------------PS- Those who are scared of how they'll be able to transfer their stuff to the new hard drive.....just re-attach your old hard drive when u need to and vice versa, problem solved.

nightfire99
nightfire99

Even though this photo probably is fake, you still know there

franwex
franwex

I at first tought that 20gb was too small for all the features they announced. And it's true! I gotta keep deleting some demos in order to make room for new ones, I think I have 1gb left right now.

nightfire99
nightfire99

Hell ya -100 GB HDD soon -$100 price drop soon As soon as the price drop happens i guess i'll get a 360. Then when the 100GB HDD is released i can upgrade from the 20GB to 100GB. Can't wait. Hurry up Microsoft

screamingdean
screamingdean

Gamespot are a bit slow. It's a fake pic of both the 256MB card and 100GB HDD. Certainly Microsoft may have a HDD in the works but this isn't it. Visit http://www.xboxic.com/news/1830 Would Microsoft use a slide show in Korea to announce a new 100GB HDD? Not likely. Also the pic is obviously photoshopped. The 256MB card actually says 64MB on the bottom and the 256 isn't even in the right perspective.

jmiller20874
jmiller20874

I, for one, am not bothered by the release of this or any accessory that MS decides to come out with. Why? Because Microsoft has given me a CHOICE on whether or not this upgrade is neccessary for ME to have. As for the 20GB that came with my system, it's plenty because once I'm done with a demo or trailer, I delete it and music gets streamed from my PC. As for the PS3's 60GB HDD, think about it. If they do demos or gamer content, at 1080p the 60GB might as well be a 20GB since 1080p content takes up exponentially more space than 720p/1080i content. I just read an article about "Lair" for the PS3 and each level takes up 4GB on the disc! I still have 13GB free on the 20GB drive so I most likely won't be interested by the 100GB drive when it hits selves. Thanks MS for giving me choices!

KnightwingX7
KnightwingX7

To all that asked: What about my premium purchases. All you have to do is go to the Marketplace, then to your Download history, and redownload everything you purchased. Microsoft made it so that if anything happened to your content (i.e.you accidentally delete it) you could redownload it even if you paid for it. No problem.