Microsoft makes 360 price drop official, announces 60GB SKU

Microsoft Corp. is giving consumers more gigabytes for their buck. The company today announced an Xbox 360 console with triple the storage space of the original console, but for the same price of $349 (U.S.) estimated retail price (ERP).

Available in retail stores in the U.S. and Canada starting in early August, the upgraded Xbox 360 will include a 60GB hard drive for storing the growing wealth of digital entertainment available for the console, including music, movies, television shows and game content. In addition, Microsoft today dropped the price of its 20GB Xbox 360 console in the U.S. and Canada to just $299 (U.S.) (ERP) while supplies last, a savings of $50.

"We know consumers need more and more space to store the amazing digital content Xbox 360 offers, and we're giving it to them at no extra charge," said Albert Penello, Xbox director of product management at Microsoft. "No one device offers the depth and breadth of entertainment that Xbox 360 can deliver, and now you'll have three times the storage to manage all that great content."

Xbox 360 is just one of three Xbox 360 gaming and entertainment systems Microsoft offers. Microsoft's Xbox 360 Arcade, which comes with a 256MB memory unit and five Xbox LIVE Arcade games, is a value for the whole family for $279 (U.S.) (ERP), and the premium Xbox 360 Elite console is available with a 120GB hard drive for $449 (U.S.) (ERP).

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Sounds good to me. When the 20GB SKU's are done and sold out, MS will have moved to the fully 65nm CPU/GPU mobo with less heat, noise, and power usage. That would put them in a position to drop the price on the whole line of SKU's from the Arcade up to the Elite.

Maybe around November I bet.

/oops, neglected to mention that during the upgrade "process" you have both drives connected to the system - data from one is transferred to the other via the supplied cable that is plugged into the USB port.

(Lurchybaby said @ #1)
/oops, neglected to mention that during the upgrade "process" you have both drives connected to the system - data from one is transferred to the other via the supplied cable that is plugged into the USB port.


That doesn't sound like a standard drive package to me. I meant, can you use any SATA (or IDE?) drive you'd use in a standard PC, does it have to be preformatted, or does the console provide the options to do it, etc. What if the console's brand new and doesn't have anything on it yet that you need to have transferred?

I'm gonna show my console ignorance here, but...what's the process involved in replacing the hard drive with a larger one? Is it using a standard off-the-shelf interface? Does it have to be preformatted with a specific file system? Etc etc...

It's rather simple, actually. When you buy the bigger hard drive, it comes with everything you need to facilitate the process. (ie. cable and software necessary). You plug in the new hard drive, load the cd, boot her up and follow the on-screen instructions. Works like a charm!

/might I mention that everything seemed a bit "snappier" after upgrading from the 20 to 120GB drive
//makes sense when you think about it; definetly a nice upgrade

(Lurchybaby said @ #3.1)
It's rather simple, actually. When you buy the bigger hard drive, it comes with everything you need to facilitate the process. (ie. cable and software necessary). You plug in the new hard drive, load the cd, boot her up and follow the on-screen instructions. Works like a charm!

/might I mention that everything seemed a bit "snappier" after upgrading from the 20 to 120GB drive
//makes sense when you think about it; definetly a nice upgrade

That sounds like what would be needed for a drive sold as an Xbox 360 drive. What about a regular SATA drive I bought off of newegg or some such?

i havent really used by 20GB drive....
mostly because i cant really connect the device to my laptop....
need that wireless thing.

I was in the same boat, but hated the idea of shelling out $99 for a wireless adapter. I bought a Buffalo router, put DD-WRT on it and put it into wireless bridge mode for $49 + my time. When I'm done with the 360 I can use the router for other things.