Microsoft goes bigger in Arcade, memory units

XBLA Jetpac Refuelled, 512MB memory unit preloaded with Geometry Wars announced; size of Xbox Live Arcade games officially bumped up to 150MB.

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Microsoft is a titan in the software industry--there's no denying that. In keeping with its gargantuan reputation, the company has announced that it is supersizing two of its products.

Enhanced graphics, indeed.

Xbox 360 owners will be able to carry more with a single memory unit, as a new 512MB version was revealed today. Previously, memory units were sized at 64MB. The new half-gig units will come preloaded with the Xbox Live Arcade title Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved (for a limited time) and retail for $49.99 when they arrive in stores on April 3. At that time, the price of the 64MB units will drop from $39.99 to $29.99.

The announcement comes in conjunction with the revelation that Microsoft has increased the size limit of Xbox Live Arcade titles from 50MB to 150MB, a move the company says will give developers "greater flexibility in game design and [expand] the opportunity to add advanced game features while still keeping games compact." Today's news is the official confirmation of the increase, which was previously given the thumbs up for the upcoming Castlevania: Symphony of Night.

Microsoft also formally confirmed the Xbox Live Arcade game Jetpac Refuelled from Rare Ltd. The game is a remake of the 1983 shooter Jetpac released on the UK ZX Spectrum computer. The XBLA version will feature enhanced graphics and more than 100 levels. Jetpac Refuelled will be shown off this week at GDC, along with the previously announced Pinball FX, Boom Boom Rocket, 3D Ultra Minigolf Adventures, and Eets: Chowdown.

Discussion

169 comments
Spikester1981
Spikester1981

Yeah I know it's going to happen...just wish they would stop making dumb business decisions like this one when the demand is there for the hard drive :)

mrklorox
mrklorox

Get_Shorty: Too little Too late? Not in the least! This is 3 times the space XBLA games could be before. I'm kinda excited about this news. Oh, and NOBODY is trying to be like the PS3. Spikester1981: It's going to happen and you know it! 1/2 hour HD episodes on XBLM take up around a GIGABYTE of space. That's more than 7% of the space the 20GB hard drive has (for data storage like movies). The 20GB unit was to test the waters and to wet appetites.

Get_Shorty
Get_Shorty

Too little too late. Some of the games out now could have benefited from that increase before they came out. They're trying to be like the PS3 who arlready does this.

Spikester1981
Spikester1981

Screw the bigger memory units. GIVE US LARGER HARD DRIVES!! I don't know about anyone else, but I don't feel like keeping XBLA downloads along with my game saves and having to buy memory units all the time. I would rather have a larger hard drive to store stuff on. Stupid move on M$ part...

LosDaddie
LosDaddie

Great news for a fan of XBLA like myself. Go, Wii60!!:D

anamnawshad
anamnawshad

Should have done this long time ago M$!

gmax
gmax

Probably a good move...

necrophilissimo
necrophilissimo

Oh my, this one looks GOOD. I mean, not poorly patched-in emulator stuff the other classic "ports" are made off, but seriously slick art! Can't wait :D --- Edit; And about the MU; I'll most likely buy one to store older games I no longer play; to wait another retro-itch.

TTDog
TTDog

I remember playing Jetpac back in 1982, boy have I been playing games too long. There were sad little fanboys around then as well, but back then they knew how to spell and form proper sentences, none of this PWNED nonsense.

NightRain
NightRain

Awesome news!!! Now I need a DATE for SOTN... that Jetpack game looks crazy.

nazraq
nazraq

this is great news! now the 64 MB card is cheaper. I never liked the price of the memory cards so I couldn't bring my live account to my friends without bringing my hard drive. now its worth it. and i can finally continue to earn achievements while playing split screen at my friends house.

Lee_way86
Lee_way86

The point of the memory unit is to take with you else were like say you want to go to a friends house To play doa4 and you have helena unlocked and they dont personally its a good thing to have but to use as an actual storage device and not just a portable device is well not a good idea

Rickettsz0780
Rickettsz0780

why not spend 50 bucks more and get 19.5 gigabytes. waste of money if you ask me adding the arcade worth it hopefully boosts the sales maybe maybe not cause you can buy it for 5 bucks anyway

SnuffDaddyNZ
SnuffDaddyNZ

Good Point XAF1. I don't think Ill ever be buying a memory unit for my HD equipped 360. The memory units are intended for people who bought the hd-less versions.

XAF1
XAF1

Guys the main thing to consider is why even buy a 512mb MU for $50 bucks when one could buy an offical 360 20gb hard drive for $50 bucks more---just save the cash. Also why even worry about it if MS is possibly releasing a bigger hard drive later this year. Actually I am happy that I am not using my own external hard drive. You guys tend to forget that not all external hard drives have the same access speeds and USB is okay but if games or demos are 1GB or bigger how does that help. USB is great for optimized usage but how do u optimize for every hard drive brand out there. XBLA games are going to get even bigger. I'm just happy that they are increasing the size limit. It means we could get the other Sega Arcade games from the 90's and the bigger SNK, and Capcom, Midway, and Namco , Killer Instinct ,etc. games eventually. Also this opens up a new avenue for Indie games with big aspirations. As far as all this crap about media extender just pick up a Windows Media PC or Windows Vista Premium. Also this article has nothing to do with Blu-ray or HD-Dvd--- such a tired debate any way. If you have a PS3 enjoy it but this article isn't about the PS3 it's about download size and XBLA. The PS3 has its own issues which I and many others are waiting for Sony to resolve.

stealthrodent
stealthrodent

Sweet, but a bigger HDD would be nice. I'd rather one big HDD, than an HDD and a memory unit.

wenbin09
wenbin09

good news, but a bigger HDD will be better

Valen_Ca
Valen_Ca

Now all they need to do is unlock the ability to attach USB drives and have the system recognize them as system drives.

hoverboy
hoverboy

@WillowZeroOne: "...As for using it as a Media Extender, you can do all of that with the PS3 and more even set it up as a PVR if you wish..." Are you talking out-of-box or the method where you use a Linux/Myth TV enabled PC/Network? Because if you're talking about the Myth TV route, well you're talking above about 95% of the general console buying public's head. An OEM Media Center is actually on par with setting up a Tivo / Replay TV as far as setup goes. Getting your 360 to see it (and your MCE to see the PC) is even easier (mine auto-discovered, and once-click-setup the 360). Setting up a Linux based Myth TV network and getting your PS3 to actually stream/control TV is like rocket science for average Console User Joe. Also, does Sony even support the Myth TV "solution"?

bulldog7
bulldog7

Isn't this really old news? 1up covered it about a month ago, maybe 2 months ago? Oh well, it's really good news though. And yes, people do use their memory card. I don't but others do, then again, i have a Harddrive.

gmayronne
gmayronne

what......news.....where?! a really big memory card for 50 bucks, i have a 64mb memory card and i hardly ever use it, so why would i need a larger one? i realize it was inevitable they would make a larger memory card but to make this "news" is kidna stupid, i guess it is "news" because it comes with geometry wars, who knows

kinglink2
kinglink2

Actual test results prove that the Ps3 blu ray drive is slower than the Xbox 360 DVD for loading. This isn't "maybe" or "I heard it" These are tests my company did to confirm a study (we kinda got screwed when the Xbox 360's specs were not the same as hard ware performance) So continue to look at statistics but the proof is what the systems can do and the 360 still has the faster drive.

Rossdaboss777
Rossdaboss777

Now all we need is golden eye with online mp

Darkstar_Sinada
Darkstar_Sinada

Pretty sweet news. And sure, I could get a PS3 and get some of this included, so I could play like what? 1-2 good games tops? No thanks.

DarkVenom
DarkVenom

I am waiting for the bigger hdd announcement! also nice that the arcade titles can be bigger! i hope Resident evil 1, and 3 comes to XBLA.

WillowZeroOne
WillowZeroOne

I own a 360 but think that at least Sony has some things right. If I wanted a 360 with the same options as the PS3 like a HD-DVD drive, the wireless adapter, not even including increased hdd space, it would cost less to get a ps3 and I would get more. That's to say if I 'needed' those things. MS's pricing on MU, HDD and wireless adapter is rediculous and merely gouging. As for using it as a Media Extender, you can do all of that with the PS3 and more even set it up as a PVR if you wish. (P.S. it would be $400 for 4GB worth of MU not $800).

POJO_MOFO
POJO_MOFO

One more thing, correct me if im wrong, but couldnt someone who is using all there HDD space just go out an buy another 20GB HDD for $100 (cheaper on ebay) That would be A LOT cheaper than the memory units. Although I do agree that allowing for an external USB HDD is ideal

chrisius007
chrisius007

Memory Units? Why do you have to wait for Microsoft to release storage devices when its already available? Try Memory Sticks and SD cards and real hard drives, external and internal.

POJO_MOFO
POJO_MOFO

"$50 for 512MB thats $800 for 4GB, $800 for $40 worth of memory!!!!! DAMM!!!!" LMAO!!!!! i guess cows dont do math very much!!!! Last time I checked $50 x 8 =$400, nice try cow, go back to the pasture

Mechacow
Mechacow

ONE WEEK after they release Alien Hominid with missing sound bites and PDA levels. ONE WEEK. Well I guess it has to be done sometime. Maybe after, I don't know, Paperboy?

hoverboy
hoverboy

@cduran: "...Didnt have to copy all my media to another drive, I just plug the drive that already had all my media on it..." Ok, so now your other devices get their music/pictures from, where? ------------------------------- "...And trust me, all those little tricks that the 360 can do are not too far away from the PS3. The PS3 isnt limited by hardware..." Keep telling yourself that, because you know how they delivered on that promise with the PS2 :) Funny how you call them "little tricks" on the 360, yet in Sony's hands we all know that they would probably market them as: OMG WE ARE AM MAKIN' SUPER KOMPUTARZ!!!11!!11!! ----------------------------- "...And what actually got me to read this article was the price that M$ asks for that memory, ..." This coming from a PS3 owner... The irony? ------------------------------- "...Dont bother responding to me anymore Im leaving,..." kk thxbye

doug20666
doug20666

Actually CyphenX neither do you. DVD's write @ 1.32mb/sec for each 1x speed. Example a 10X DVD writes @ 13.2mb/sec. HD-DVD and Blu-Ray write @ 36mb/sec per 1x speed. A 2x speed drive writes @ 72mb/sec. As far as PS3 games using no more than 9gigs Resistence uses 22gb of which 420mb is padding. I don't think duability is an issue either.

doug20666
doug20666

Actually CyphenX neither do you. DVD's write @ 1.32mb/sec for each 1x speed. Example a 10X DVD writes @ 13.2mb/sec. HD-DVD and Blu-Ray write @ 36mb/sec per 1x speed. A 2x speed drive writes @ 72mb/sec. As far as PS3 games using no more than 9gigs Resistence uses 22gb of which 420mb is padding. I don't think duability is an issue either.

rosscero
rosscero

Nice game! I already play the original version, is very cool Hope this gonna be better :wink:

Maui00
Maui00

Great move by MS. Now we will have better graphics and longer value in XBLA games

UGAThornhill
UGAThornhill

I wish they would have made Team17 aware of this while they were developing Worms. I don't know how many times I've heard those guys say something about 50 MB not being enough space

eva360
eva360

good news today for the 360 owners! I'm glad I chose the 360.

Pablo620
Pablo620

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cduran
cduran

@hoverboy Didnt have to copy all my media to another drive, I just plug the drive that already had all my media on it. And trust me, all those little tricks that the 360 can do are not too far away from the PS3. The PS3 isnt limited by hardware. Dont bother responding to me anymore Im leaving, I just droped in to take a jab at the 360 like most 360 fanboys do whenever the slightest bit of PS3 news comes out. And what actually got me to read this article was the price that M$ asks for that memory, $50 for 512MB thats $800 for 4GB, $800 for $40 worth of memory!!!!! DAMM!!!!

mesony
mesony

A new bigger HDD would be cool

PS3_3DO
PS3_3DO

Next up a bigger HDD. ;)

judge__judy
judge__judy

Can't believe they didn't do it earlier.