250GB Hard Drive now available for Xbox 360

According to an advertisement posted in the Spotlight section of the Xbox Live Dashboard, Microsoft has plans to begin selling a stand-alone 250GB Hard Drive for the Xbox 360. The new Hard Drive will carry a price tag $129.99.

The official press release reads as follows:

"Available in stores today, Xbox 360 introduces the 250GB Hard Drive, which offers more space to store your favorite game and entertainment content. Available at the incredible value of $129.99, the 250GB Hard Drive offers more freedom to download the latest demos, Xbox LIVE Arcade games, full game titles with Games on Demand, TV shows, movies and more straight to your Xbox 360 console."

Xbox Live's Larry Hryb (Major Nelson) has confirmed that the Hard Drive will come with a data transfer cable.

Speaking with Microsoft, Joystiq has received word that the price on the 120GB Hard Drive has been cut to $99.99 from its original price of $129.99.

Previously, Aaron Greenberg, Group Product Manager for Xbox 360, said that 250GB Hard Drives would remain exclusive to its bundled consoles.

"We’re always evaluating, but for now we feel like the 120 is serving us very well as the standard offering, and then having the 250 as a limited edition is a good balance. That said, we understand that game demos [and] a lot of the game add-on content does take up space."

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I'm pretty sure this won't matter to anyone once the spring update comes out and allows you to store 'live content' on any USB attached drive.

dotf said,
I'm pretty sure this won't matter to anyone once the spring update comes out and allows you to store 'live content' on any USB attached drive.

Yup. Finally!!!!


>> From joystiq.com:
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Documentation obtained by Joystiq - and subsequently confirmed with two separate sources - reveals that "USB Mass Storage Device Support on Xbox 360" will soon be a reality. The document, authored by a senior software development engineer at Microsoft, states that due to "increased market penetration of high-capacity, high throughput USB mass storage devices, a 2010 Xbox 360 system update" will allow consumers to save and load game data from USB devices. The update is purportedly coming in Spring 2010.

Once the update occurs, Xbox 360 owners will be able to download Xbox Live Arcade games, Xbox Live Indie games, Games on Demand, DLC and Title Updates to the storage device. "USB storage devices may, however, have far greater memory capacity than MUs (at the date of writing, the largest MU is 512 MB), and may therefore support previously infeasible operations-such as installation of a full disc-based title." That's right, you can also store disc-based games to the USB device; however, it will require the disc to be in the tray for authentication, identical to the current functionality.

According to the document, the USB mass storage device must be at least 1GB and the system will do a compatibility check. "The system partition occupies 512 MB of space, and by default the consumer partition occupies the remainder of the device capacity, or 16 GB, whichever is smaller." Upon inserting a blank USB storage device, "consumers are offered two choices: 'Configure now' or 'Customize'." The "Configure now" option will use "the entire device capacity, up to the maximum of 512 MB plus 16 GB" meaning, regardless of the overall size of the device you're using, the Xbox will only enable 16 GB of usable, non-system storage. The "Customize" option will allow you to "preserve some pre-existing, non-console data on the device" such as music.
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AmazingRando said,

Yup. Finally!!!!

you may want to read that ... "the Xbox will only enable 16 GB of usable, non-system storage."

I too have been unimpressed with these prices... I just bought a WD 320Gig BEVS drive and did the hack to get it working. I've got a 250Gig on my elite and it's working fine. M$ is absurd with their storage prices, but that isn't going to change anytime soon.

ndoggfromhell said,
I too have been unimpressed with these prices... I just bought a WD 320Gig BEVS drive and did the hack to get it working. I've got a 250Gig on my elite and it's working fine. M$ is absurd with their storage prices, but that isn't going to change anytime soon.

well they have a army of idiots buying their console, why not abuse it

Microsoft, please bring down the prices of these hard drives. I am still with a 20GB HDD. I want to upgrade but these prices are way to much when you can get more storage (1TB) for the same price.

The Real Alex said,
Microsoft, please bring down the prices of these hard drives. I am still with a 20GB HDD. I want to upgrade but these prices are way to much when you can get more storage (1TB) for the same price.

Do not confuse Desktop hard drive prices with laptop hard drive prices. A 1TB Desktop Hard drive is rather cheap compared to a 1TB Laptop hard drive.

The Real Alex said,
Microsoft, please bring down the prices of these hard drives. I am still with a 20GB HDD. I want to upgrade but these prices are way to much when you can get more storage (1TB) for the same price.
1TB laptop drives are around $180. Where as the 640MB ones are around $99.

Humm did the math. A 1TB laptop drive (.19) is still cheaper per GB than MS's (.52) drive.

That is just sad.

necrosis said,
1TB laptop drives are around $180. Where as the 640MB ones are around $99.

Humm did the math. A 1TB laptop drive (.19) is still cheaper per GB than MS's (.52) drive.

That is just sad.

+1 It's not rocket science to see how overpriced their hardware and accessories are.

Here's just one pricelist of the different sizes from one site I visit regularly. Even theirs are pretty high sometimes.

$ 186.00 - notebook 1tb
$ 149.95 - notebook 750gb
$ 117.08 - notebook 640gb
$ 63.61 - notebook 500gb
$ 64.99 - notebook 400gb
$ 52.00 - notebook 320gb
$ 58.95 - notebook 300gb
$ 44.99 - notebook 250gb
$ 49.99 - notebook 200gb
$ 39.99 - notebook 160gb
$ 37.99 - notebook 120gb
$ 37.98 - notebook 100gb
$ 31.99 - notebook 80gb
$ 24.99 - notebook 60gb
$ 19.96 - notebook 40gb
$ 21.99 - notebook 20gb

I think I will stick to a PS3 where I can replace my own HDD without having get a highly overpriced component from Sony. For $130 I can get nearly a 1TB HDD. Once again, I will pass on the ripoff that is 360. Enjoy the useless Natal guys

ManOfMystery said,
I think I will stick to a PS3 where I can replace my own HDD without having get a highly overpriced component from Sony. For $130 I can get nearly a 1TB HDD. Once again, I will pass on the ripoff that is 360. Enjoy the useless Natal guys

Man, some of you have nothing better to do? Go get a new hdd for your PS3, good luck taking it out and using it on a 2nd or 3rd or some friends PS3 though. Oh wait, you can't. It's stuck in that PS3, while I can move my 360 hdd around to any 360 out there and just have it work.

OH and I hope you enjoy your uselss glowing dildo.

GP007 said,

Man, some of you have nothing better to do? Go get a new hdd for your PS3, good luck taking it out and using it on a 2nd or 3rd or some friends PS3 though. Oh wait, you can't. It's stuck in that PS3, while I can move my 360 hdd around to any 360 out there and just have it work.

OH and I hope you enjoy your uselss glowing dildo.

So it's worth paying the price of 1.5TB(3.5in for $129.99) or 1TB(2.5in for $186.00) so you can take that drive to someone elses 360??? You'd have to pay $779.94 + any taxes if any where you're from to get the same amount of storage. I'll stick with my PS3 and leave the 360 collecting dust on my closet shelf. They keep coming out with more and more reasons to just leave it sitting there.

GP007 said,

Man, some of you have nothing better to do? Go get a new hdd for your PS3, good luck taking it out and using it on a 2nd or 3rd or some friends PS3 though. Oh wait, you can't. It's stuck in that PS3, while I can move my 360 hdd around to any 360 out there and just have it work.

OH and I hope you enjoy your uselss glowing dildo.

the only thing tied to a PS3 is the user account for your information. And to move data we simply plug in an external hard drive to back up all data for a transfer. So if you are going to try and be a fanboy atleast have your facts straight next time

GR3EN_CHRONIC said,

the only thing tied to a PS3 is the user account for your information. And to move data we simply plug in an external hard drive to back up all data for a transfer. So if you are going to try and be a fanboy atleast have your facts straight next time

+1

Whats this?

SAMSUNG Spinpoint M7E HM641JI 640GB 5400 RPM 8MB Cache 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Notebook Hard Drive -Bare Drive: $99 on Newegg.

/me points to rear
"Kiss it MS."

necrosis said,
Whats this?

SAMSUNG Spinpoint M7E HM641JI 640GB 5400 RPM 8MB Cache 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Notebook Hard Drive -Bare Drive: $99 on Newegg.

/me points to rear
"Kiss it MS."

Good luck getting the xbox 360 to recognize that...

shinji257 said,

Good luck getting the xbox 360 to recognize that...

Yes and it does not work only because MS wants to milk the hell out of people for hardware. There is no reason you can not use any HDD with the 360 other than the OS of the 360. There is not even a special firmware on the HDD to the best of my knowledge.

So why the hell can MS not sell a case for the HDD and allow the user to put in whatever they want? Hell, Sony who is known for being VERY anal about stuff like this allows you to upgrade your HDD and even has instructions in the manual how to do it!

shinji257 said,

Good luck getting the xbox 360 to recognize that...

the point is that MS is again overcharging for something that is technically not better. Xbox 360 uses standard laptop HDDs