Return of the bigger 360 hard drive rumor

Source: A picture snapped at a Microsoft Gears of War launch party last night by Flickr poster Plaid Ninja. The official story: "We have not made any announcements at this time. Regarding a larger hard drive, it is always a possibility. The device is modular and there's the possibility that...

Source: A picture snapped at a Microsoft Gears of War launch party last night by Flickr poster Plaid Ninja.

The official story: "We have not made any announcements at this time. Regarding a larger hard drive, it is always a possibility. The device is modular and there's the possibility that different hard drives will be available in the future. To reiterate, we have no plans to announce such an accessory in the near future."

What we heard: The specter of a 100GB hard drive has been brought up a number of times before, most recently last month in the form of a presentation at the Korean X06 event. And just like every other time it's come up, Microsoft is pointing out that it hasn't made any announcements. So since those previous rumors weren't followed by announcements of a larger hard drive, why is this one any different?

Well, for starters, yesterday Microsoft announced its impending introduction of on-demand video content for the Xbox 360 in the form of downloadable TV shows and film rentals, some in high-definition. With full-length HD movies taking up 5GB on the hard drive, there will soon be more demands than ever placed on 360 players' 20GB hard drives, many of which are already packed with ripped music, downloaded content, and Xbox Live Arcade games.

However, the appearance of a larger-than-normal hard drive at Microsoft's press event last night is a far cry from confirmation that the company will release such hardware options into the consumer market anytime soon. The gaming press is well accustomed to trying games out on non-standard hardware, from development kits to debug units; it doesn't mean those things are going to show up at Wal-Mart next week.

That said, Microsoft designed the system with a detachable hard drive in the first place, so larger drives are a very likely part of the company's master plan. And given yesterday's announcement, the crunch of hard drive space is likely to become a problem for gamers sooner rather than later. Still, for the moment, there's nothing concrete.

Bogus or not bogus?: Bogus for now.

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ZappaMinx
ZappaMinx

I dont know why they dont make a raid type hdd, where u put the new hdd in then the old hdd piggy backs off the new one, this would eliminate the need for transfer cables and all that annoying crap

AndysInsane515
AndysInsane515

100GB would crush Ps3!!!!! GOOOO MICROSOFT!!!! WOOOOO

AndysInsane515
AndysInsane515

100GB would crush Ps3!!!!! GOOOO MICROSOFT!!!! WOOOOO

alayeesquire
alayeesquire

A larger hard drive is an absolute must, however, so is a data transfer system (to transfer all data from the 20GB to the larger HD).

maxmax1234
maxmax1234

its fun, if your playing a lot of demo's cause 20GB isn't enough for a few demo's music and xbox live and stuff. So i hope its coming this year.

sheep469
sheep469

I tried to send this letter through to Microsoft's XBox 360 Hardware support line, but it didn't take, so I figured I stick it somewhere. "I see all these articles on the internet saying that if Microsoft sees the demand for an XBox360 with a bigger hard drive and/or an HDMI port, we'll consider it. So I figured I'd be a small part of the demand for an XBox 360 with a bigger Hard Drive and an HDMI port. I don't own an XBox 360, but I am saving up to buy one, and I will wait until there's one released with a bigger hard drive as I do plan on downloading episodes of Adult Swim shows from the XBox Live store along with some of the movies I've seen. So, there's demand, as evidenced by all the rumors. The update will also mean more money as you reel in the people that were on the fence about buying a 360 with games like Gears of War and Dead Rising and services like XBox Live Arcade and downloadable HD movies and TV."

tearoy
tearoy

they need a bigger harddrive those movies take up alot of space and demos too. because I though I was going to get 20GBs when I bought my 360 but I only started out with 14, what's up with that.

ZippyDSMLee
ZippyDSMLee

the 360 is a piss poor hog pog of stuff its game future bleak untill they deal with the reality of HDVD gaming of at the least HD caching to kill load times and other things,but oh heck MS went and got Streaming video to put on a system with a limited 20GB HD.... sadly the 360 HD is DRM'd and the firmware net friendly so moding is almsot pointless,and wanting on golden crumbs you have to pay double for from the "man" is insane. MS is lost,Sony charging X2 plus they think they can do no wrong...I am so tired of these corporate monstrosities.....the WII is the only light so far..and its rather dim ....sigh

KBFTodd
KBFTodd

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Ichiziro
Ichiziro

has anyone even tried a USB connected hard drive to see if it works? if i had one i know i would have tried it by now so why doesnt sumone with one with one get on it and let us all know cuz i cant remember if thats already been proven to not work or better yet and this would make their customers much happier add support for 3rd party USB drives, if it isnt there already sure they wouldnt make as much money selling a much larger HDD... but could easily boost console sales letting the public know that games saves are now only a properly formatted flash drive away... or they have the option of adding an existing hard drive, formatted (uber hintage here... hello? microsoft? u gettin this?)

Dafdiego777
Dafdiego777

this has to happen because of hd videos...

Salemiscool
Salemiscool

Has anyone noticed the origennal xbox had a bigger HDD at launch then 360? *Looks at the 500 million hands raised* Well, that answered my question.

mpoulin
mpoulin

Give them 6 months and I bet they'll release one. Video on Demand with 20 Gigs, what a joke. I'm a 360 fanboy and can admit to that. It'll happen. That I am sure.

faizali86
faizali86

theyll definitely have this out by next christmas or maybe even summer 2007.

theKSMM
theKSMM

I suspect that Microsoft will allow us to archive our data on removable USB disks before they up the size of the drive. They're not going to do anything to devalue the units that are already in the supply chain right now.

Engerys
Engerys

Microsoft has a larger hard drive in the works they just cant figure out how they are gona get people to transfer their old stuff from their old drives to the new larger hdd once they figure this out they should be ok, my suggestion to them would be to make the hdd exclusive the game stores like eg or game stop so a person could just take their old drives in and hook it up to a device that links the two and they simply do a file swamp and the old drive coud be used a a siscount for a new one... just a thought. (-:)

patmacfad
patmacfad

Systems being used for develpoment, presentations, and other stuff like that would probably be given more memory using non-standard HDDs. I just delete game demo's once I'm done with them, and I've deleted most of the videos that came with the system. I have about 11 gigs of memory left for everything else, which is much, much more than enough for game spaces.

zerooslo7990
zerooslo7990

It'll probably happen within a year. Expecialy because the PS3 has a 60 gig.

jpogge
jpogge

It's probabally just a 100 GB external usb hard drive

V-Nine
V-Nine

When this add-on fiasco started no one wanted one. They complained and whined said *cou-iwontpayit-gh* and so on and so forth. Fast forward to the future. Now the shoe is on the other foot. As much as I would relish the suffering MS needs to get up off that fanny and take advantage of said opportunity before a defection starts. Dont start alienating customers now.

thefjk
thefjk

M$, make your mind!

ckorneluk
ckorneluk

I think Microsoft whould integrate a cross platform Hard Drive between Windows Vista & 360. They would allow the transfer of content from 360 over to a PC Hard Drive for back-up. This would give nearly unlimited hard Drive Space on the 360 and give many gamers another reason to upgrade to Vista. I know I would up grade to Vista if this feature became avialable.

pmacnevin
pmacnevin

M$ has planned quite a bit into the future with the 360, adding the ability to expand the console both with accessories as well as with the OS via downloads. Like stated by somebody before, I believe that the bigger HD is already in their plan, they are most likely waiting for the right time to release it (which will hopefully be soon after the Nov.22 Video Marketplace release).

denny40fakepant
denny40fakepant

Is anyone else wondering why Xbox 360's hard drives cost sooooo much more when compared to PC's? I mean come on! Can't you get like 120 gigs these days for the 100 dollars MS is selling their 20 gig hard-drive for?

donni101
donni101

they should allow third parties to make a bigger hard drive to save and load games.

Wellfedmonkey
Wellfedmonkey

Wow! I posted this about 2 days ago in the GGD forums.

_Sam_
_Sam_

I would really like a larger one

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

People are going to need more space. Especially with the new features MS just announced for XBL. I just hope the pricing will be reasonable.

thriller731
thriller731

With the upcoming ability to download HD movies via Xbox live Microsoft will no doubt have to come out with a larger HD to compensate for both movies and games.

Nordicwonder
Nordicwonder

I think it would be a great idea! There is already an incredible amount of content available for download and if you are someone that likes to have anything and everything, you are going to need more space. Have a larger HD available would be a great investment and I hope Microsoft comes through!

insinuendo
insinuendo

For a premium package, 20gb is so low. Both tiers should have been released with a HDD as standard, at 100gb and 60gb.

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djord02
djord02

When it comes to hard drives, bigger is better.

wenbin09
wenbin09

it will be great if we had can have a bigger HDD

superkoolstud
superkoolstud

You can put a bigger drive in for your Xbox right now. If you open the casing of the Xbox HD you will find its just a 20GB Samsung Laptop HD. Just switch it with a bigger drive and boom 100GB Xbox HD.

sasuke55
sasuke55

I think the real story here isn't the fact that a poss HDD is coming we all know that was coming we just don't know when. The Bigger story here is now there is an option for people who don't want to buy a HD-DVD add on to still watch some movies in HD if you have the Proper TV. Sony don't do that!

Dantes_Monkey
Dantes_Monkey

with the new TV and film stuff they need a bigger hardrive. I mean i know people who have more than 20gbs of music let alone film

fisneo
fisneo

Wasnt there some picture of some dev kit running it with a 200GB hard drive like three months ago?

Comedyco
Comedyco

I would like one, I'm just concerned about the price.

undox
undox

When Microsoft says that there will be a new hard drive, then report it. Until then, don't say a word.

GIJames248
GIJames248

MS needs to allow the use of USB external hard disk, Newegg has 160GB kits for around 80-100 dollars

diablo1000000
diablo1000000

Hmmm... XBox 360 + live subscription for 4/5 years + HD Drive add-on + New, larger hardrive = a price higher than a PS3 pack. And yet people still whinge on about Sony's pricing. Just an observation.

eggsiboss
eggsiboss

You guys! :) dont worry! of course they will bring out a larger hard drive! If you think about it, if you were them (ms) would you want to announce it before the ps3 launch or after? I mean like its their hidden ace card is it not? Sony bring out 60gb console, ms reply with oh we got 100gb model now, with telly, a massive online gaming community and extra bells and whistles! simple really!

Icekxg
Icekxg

I think a third party like Mad Catz or Nyko need to just go out on their own and make a 100gb (at least) HD and sell it for around $100.

tisch
tisch

those downloadable movies will be awesome. and I'm gonna buy a lot of them so I need a bigger HDD, just hope it will not cost like $200