What Does the Hard Drive Do?

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#1 Posted by bionisam (310 posts) -

One of my friends is interested in getting a 360, neither of us knows a lot about the hard drive functions (I'm Nintendo, he's Sony :P)

This is what i've come up with so far:

Download XBLA games/content

Backwards compatibility

Music/movies

Anything else?

#2 Posted by summer_star17x (2683 posts) -

demos, gamertags, themes, movies, music, arcade games, original xbox games, and saved games. lots more too.

i think if you buy the arcade you also have to buy a memory card to save your games on it.

$100 extra for the 60gb is the best deal imo.

#3 Posted by baseballboy6411 (1103 posts) -

demos, gamertags, themes, movies, music, arcade games, original xbox games, and saved games. lots more too.

i think if you buy the arcade you also have to buy a memory card to save your games on it.

$100 extra for the 60gb is the best deal imo.

summer_star17x

The HDD is what stores all ur stuff u do.

#4 Posted by GAMECAMILLER (4994 posts) -

it basically functions like your hardrive does for your compy :P Stores everything you save and download. :) Like a big memory card. ;)

The newer 360s come with 60 gigs now, and elites come with 120 gig space drives. Older 360s came with 20gig drives and arcade machines come with just a memory card.

#5 Posted by HardQuor (1282 posts) -
You'd think that with the $150 price tag that they'd cure cancer or something. Well, i'll tell you what they don't do. They don't cure cancer.
#6 Posted by angryfodder (20490 posts) -

What does any hard drive do?

The big difference with the xbox one is that it is horribly over priced and that it is nowhere near 20gb - I think mine can with 12gb

#7 Posted by djrobst (2404 posts) -
its not over priced if you buy a premium/pro. but deffos is if you buy it on its own you really need a xbox with a hard drive a 20gb at least, most people i know who got arcades or cores ended up buying the hd in the end and ended up getting ripped off as the price on its own is stupid, but with console is very reasonble espieally with all the other extras you get, like headset, hdtv leads, and controllers are also wireless, if you compared the difference in price from the arcade to the 20gb or 60gb model compared to the price of buying all the extras on top on they own then its a great deal.
#8 Posted by naruto7777 (8059 posts) -
it holds everything
#9 Posted by Toriko42 (27562 posts) -
You put all your downloads onto it and you can save. I love not having to worry about saving unlike before where I had to micromanage save games on my memory cards.
#10 Posted by StromileSwiftee (385 posts) -

Also in order to play certain games online you need a hard drive due to various updates that are downloaded onto your hard drive. If thats what you were going do and only do, then a 20G HD would be fine, but if youre into downloading movies and demos, then you'd probably need a bigger drive.

#11 Posted by starfox2468 (2782 posts) -
not all games are backwards compatable though.
#12 Posted by insanesuicides (90 posts) -
It holds all your saves, downloads, updates, settings, etc.
#13 Posted by TrueProphecy22 (1740 posts) -

What does any hard drive do?

The big difference with the xbox one is that it is horribly over priced and that it is nowhere near 20gb - I think mine can with 12gb

angryfodder

After the system files, you're left with less than what the HDD is labeled. I think it's about 5 to 10% of the HDD is used for system data.

#14 Posted by trw534 (680 posts) -
save games, demos, arcade games, music, videos, movies, gamer pic, themes for the 360
#15 Posted by grafkhun (12827 posts) -

What does any hard drive do?

The big difference with the xbox one is that it is horribly over priced and that it is nowhere near 20gb - I think mine can with 12gb

angryfodder

basically, it's like a memory card on steroids. Oh yeah and angry is right, the 20 gb is really only 14 gb, I'll bet that the 60 gb is only like 52 gb and the 120 is maybe 114 or something.

#16 Posted by wombo194 (78 posts) -
It`s just storage device i think.(so you don`t need memory card)
#17 Posted by tjoeb123 (6843 posts) -

oh and you can put full retail games on there as well:

Xbox: Can only do this by purchasing select titles under the Xbox Originals section of the Games store.

Xbox 360: After the New Xbox Experience (the next big (system) update - which actually is stored on the console itself, NOT the hard drive (that only stores game updates)) is installed, you can install any retail game to the hard disk. This results in a decrese in load times, less overheating, the DVD drive won't spin, among other things. You must have the disc in the drive to play, though.

#18 Posted by mike4realz (2564 posts) -
[QUOTE="angryfodder"]

What does any hard drive do?

The big difference with the xbox one is that it is horribly over priced and that it is nowhere near 20gb - I think mine can with 12gb

grafkhun

basically, it's like a memory card on steroids. Oh yeah and angry is right, the 20 gb is really only 14 gb, I'll bet that the 60 gb is only like 52 gb and the 120 is maybe 114 or something.

all hard drives are like that. a 500gb hard drive isn't really 500gigs, may be like 460gb or somethin

#19 Posted by EdHeadZ (88 posts) -
The hard drive saves all the games you downloaded from xbox live and is a memory card who just drank some Monster.