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Tiny Hard Drive

Dee Yun Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2007-12-07 04:30:29

But the 120GB Drive is $180! :P

I used to tell people that unless you absolutely had to have a black Xbox 360, that the Elite version was unnecessary. You can stream music directly from your computer, leaving your hard drive exclusively devoted to game data. However, as the 360 features set continues to expand with every firmware update, that ridiculously overpriced 120GB hard drive looks more and more attractive.

I stick to for my movie viewing needs, but I can see the attraction of downloading rentals over Xbox Live. (I'd consider it if the 360 wasn't so damned noisy.) Full length films command a large amount of storage space, particularly if it's hi-definition content.

Even game data is getting more space intensive. Rainbow Six: Vegas' bonus map packs took up over 2 gigs of data. Call of Duty 4 maps are on the way, and I anticipate them being massive as well. Rock Band and their promise of releasing new content weekly frightens me no end. There's even the possibility that Microsoft will reverse their stance, allowing games that require the hard drive - Grand Theft Auto IV may force this.

This past week, Microsoft joined their competitors in the money-printing biz of offering a back catalog of their older games for download. The list is fairly small at the moment, but includes some key notables such as Crimson Skies, Fable, Halo, Indigo Prophecy, and Psychonauts. They require a good 3 or 4 GB of storage space each. I can take a pass since I own hard copies of all of these, but I can certainly see the allure of having virtual copies sitting cleanly in my hard drive.

I'm currently sitting at a little over 10 GB of data on my drive, leaving roughly half of it free for downloading game trailers and demos. With the continuing development of different ways to fill it, I may become increasingly strident in my demands for Microsoft to drop the price of the 120 GB drive.

Now Playing - Call of Duty 4, Rock Band (360)

Xbox Live/PSN Gamertag - Vawce

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