Microsoft Reiterates No Upgrade for Xbox 360 Hard Drive

Following on from Microsoft's announcement that they will be offering downloadable TV shows and films via xbox live, Microsoft once again showed no support in offering an upgrade to the current 20GB hard disk that comes with a premium Xbox. With a high definition 720p likely to fill around a quarter of a 20GB drive people are starting to see the limitations that the current hardware allows, and if Microsoft are to promote their console as a media centre as well as a console then this problem will need to be addressed soon.

Shane Kim, General Manager of Microsoft Game Studios estimates that the current detachable 20GB hard drive that comes standard with the Xbox 360 Premium model can hold four to five hours of high-def content or about 15 hours of standard-definition video.

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So has any of you been able to Ghost a 20gb drive and utilise the available space on a bigger destination drive?

They'll be looking at options. Of course they'll upgrade the HDD, but only when they feel the time is right and that they have a viable option. Until then they'll keep saying this.

It would be, but don't count on it. MS seem very strong on their stance that 20Gb (which is actually 13Gb of actual storage isn't it?) is enough. They don't even seem bothered by the 60Gb HDD PS3 and now that Sony seems (as this is only a rumor isn't it?) to have squashed been able to upgrade the PS3 HDD (officially at least) MS now have even less reason to want to release a bigger HDD (i.e. competition) but that is what I think anyway.

I'd rather see simple NAS support on the 360... I'd rather keep all my media centralized so that multiple devices can access it.

Quote - acrophile said @ #4
I'd rather see simple NAS support on the 360... I'd rather keep all my media centralized so that multiple devices can access it.

QFT I also perfer a central media server

Sooner or later they'll have to come to the conclusion that 20G is not nearly enough for everything they want the 360 to be/become.

I am really surprised no one has made an adapter so you can hook up your own hard drive, although I know it needs all of MS's BS on it, but hey, people did it with TiVO

Quote - virtorio said @ #2.1
Isn't is possible to use a USB external hard-drive and have as much space as you like?

no although i'm not sure on this point, I believe the connection of the harddrive uses a proprietary USB connection, like how the xbox 1 controller was usb but wasn't a normal connection point.

I was of the impression the connection was sata or more specifically probably e-sata. The difference is the file formating is a propriety format like xntfs or something.

I could be way off but.

It's actually a proprietary SATA/power connection. Not sure of the format, but I suspect it's FATX, which is the Xbox variant of FAT32.

You can watch video on standard USB devices connected to a 360, as long as it's in WMV format. All other formats will need to be converted or transcoded first.

Quote - Mystakill said @ #2.4
It's actually a proprietary SATA/power connection. Not sure of the format, but I suspect it's FATX, which is the Xbox variant of FAT32.

You can watch video on standard USB devices connected to a 360, as long as it's in WMV format. All other formats will need to be converted or transcoded first.

No you cannot watch any form of videos on a USB device.