Rumor: Microsoft readying 40GB and 80GB hard drives for the Xbox 360?

Source: The Hardware headz at Joystiq. The official story: Microsoft didn't respond to requests for comment. What we heard: Last week at the Digital Life expo in New York City, a Joystiq reader was watching a demonstration of the Xbox 360. When the demonstrator showed off one of the system's...

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Source: The Hardware headz at Joystiq.

The official story: Microsoft didn't respond to requests for comment.

What we heard: Last week at the Digital Life expo in New York City, a Joystiq reader was watching a demonstration of the Xbox 360. When the demonstrator showed off one of the system's utility screens, it reportedly showed that the hard drive attached to the machine had 38GB of memory left--18 more than the 20GB one available at the console's November 22 launch. Joystiq used this tidbit to further bolster its theory that Microsoft is readying 40GB and 80GB 360 HDs to make the 360 "a trojan horse for direct-to-consumer broadband delivery of triple-A titles."

Joystiq's theory is sound for a number of reasons. One is that digital delivery is fast becoming publishers' preferred means of selling games. It lets them cut out the retail middlemen, and it also means the company saves on manufacturing and packaging. And Microsoft would surely love to become the sole digital distributor of Xbox games and add to the revenue it already receives from each game sold.

But is it true? Well, the lack of evidence makes this particular instance impossible to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt. However, its worth noting that Microsoft has gingerly danced around the subject of whether it will sell larger-capacity HDs down the line. One concern it must be having is the piracy that dogs the current-generation Xbox. Since the console is made from stock PC parts, it also is very easy to swap out the Xbox's 8GB HD with a larger-capacity HD. After the installation of an alternate dashboard and a game-copying application, a modded Xbox with a larger HD can let users rip games like iTunes rips an audio CD.

However, the fact is the 360 will be a much harder nut to crack than its predecessor. Besides the numerous unnamed security measures Microsoft said the console has, the fact that the 360 is "always online" will make it easy for Microsoft to detect pirated consoles and ban them from Xbox Live, as the company does now. Given that one of the Xbox 360's main selling points is its online functionality, many would-be modders will balk at the prospect of being shut out.

But, make no mistake--the Xbox 360 will be cracked sooner or later, and someone will find a way to rip games onto its hard drive. Those determined hackers will certainly welcome the eventual "multiterabyte add-on storage options" that Joystiq is predicting, should they come to pass.

Bogus or not bogus?: Not bogus. Larger-capacity HDDs are all but certain--it's a question of when, not if.

Discussion

ice_radon
ice_radon

To BIO, this isnt your standard hard drive for one. And two, it comes with all the cables and remotes that you would need.

ban25
ban25

"multiterabyte" is quite an exaggeration, considering there are no 3.5" disks at this capacity, let alone 2.5".

glunky
glunky

could it be that the 20gb will be actually a 60gb?? (or even 40gb?) that would be sweet although i think i would need more XD

ISupermanI
ISupermanI

Well it may be related to competition. But when i was at IGN Live, the first 360 i got my hands on was in the exhibit for King Kong, now what happend was the first thing i did was bring up the menu, this was the standard menue(not the cheap menue of the kiosk) but the actual menue which i continued to navigate, and got an interesting statistic. The xbox360's had 60GB HDD's. The dev kits have 100, the system has a 20.... and not only that but the people working the area when questioned about it, said that they were running on Core Systems... which lead me to the conclusion that the 60GB HDD would come along very short after launch, so this 40 and 80, i would put it legit, but i have seen an xbox360 with a 60GB HDD, and the only way i could explain that is was added to the core system.

paintballace3
paintballace3

The fact that it was a bigger hard drive is that the Developer Kits had 100GB hard drives on them, but i could have been an 80 because, the developer kit hard drives had fans attached to them too to keep the system cool, while the consumer 360 is water cooled.

BIO-NUKER
BIO-NUKER

I think the price is way too high. Hundred dollars for 20 gigs??? That way too much. I paid 80 bucks for 160 gigs....

TRUEPATRIOT
TRUEPATRIOT

seems like a good reason to buy the 300 version i already own the mic from xbl so dont need that.And it would leaveme the hundred to drop on a larger HDD

millsy1990
millsy1990

I'll buy one 3 years after the release.

_LEGIONS_
_LEGIONS_

Hmm.I'm still giong to buy a 360 at launch, even though it's always a bad move to buy a console on launch.

FatBoy4
FatBoy4

I just wanted to post in here first. That is all.

thorsen-ink
thorsen-ink

Source: The Hardware headz at Joystiq.

The official story: Microsoft didn't respond to requests for comment.

What we heard: Last week at the Digital Life expo in New York City, a Joystiq reader was watching a demonstration of the Xbox 360. When the demonstrator showed off one of the system's utility screens, it reportedly showed that the