Monday, January 25, 2010

WTF - XBox360 Hard Drive Upgrade

In a time where hard drives are a commodity and storage space on the next generation consoles is limited, Microsoft has figured out how to cash in. Let's say you have a cheaper 20 GB Xbox 360 and you want 120 GB, be prepared to shell out $149.99. To put that in perspective, as of today for your desktop computer that would be 1.5 Terabytes (Seagate Barracuda ST315005N1A1AS-RK 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Retail, 3 year warranty) or for your laptop/PS3 you get 500 Gigabytes (Seagate Momentus ST905003N3A1AS-RK 7200 RPM 16MB Cache 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Notebook Hard Drive -Retail, 5 year warranty) with 20 bucks to spare for dinner.

Why is Microsoft's hard drive less than half the size for the same price? Because they can. And god help any gamer who doesn't want to pay.

If they catch you using a non-Microsoft approved hard drive, well you're banned from XBox Live, Microsoft's online gaming network. They do this because to even support a bigger hard drive you have to mod your XBox360. Since it is modded, according to Microsoft you're obviously trying to pirate games. Rather than making it easy for gamers to upgrade the storage space, like on the PS3, the XBox360 isn't upgrade friendly. WTF!


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  2. Well, I have never quite understood why Microsoft wanted to have their players pay for premium service .. This was actually one of the deciding factors so many years ago for me... "PSN is free XBOX live isn't ..hmm that sucks" is about what I said .. the Updates should make the RROD even more of a reason for XBOXers to join in on the Sony movement for World domination ...right behind Nintendo .. lol

  3. I agree, it would be one thing for a console to charge you monthly fees and allow you access to a wide selection of MMO's (one fee admits you to all).

    But Xbox Live is just charging for what is traditionally "NORMAL" Online play and has always been free to PC and major consoles until Microsoft entered the game.

    What continues to annoy me is the common misconception that Xbox Live is somehow better and warrants the extra charges.

    Without getting into a flame war I will say that people who subscribe to that opinion, you should be aware that the exclusives are really the only way to judge PSN's performance since many ports such as Modern Warfare 2 are done sloppily with less effort to the PS3 version. Completely at the fault of third party developers not the PS Network.


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