New Xbox 360 500GB media drive costs less than 320GB version

Is it a placeholder price, or simply a great deal?

A new listing for a 500GB version of the Xbox 360 media drive has appeared on the Xbox website priced at $109.99 USD, and although pre-orders are currently not live, it does cost twenty bucks less than the 320GB version on offer.

If you regularly take advantage of the "Games for Gold" offers, then a boost in hard drive storage space is never to be balked at.

So if you're still rocking a Xbox 360, and are running out of hard drive space, you may want to bookmark the page and keep an eye out for when pre orders open.

Hopefully the price is not a typo.

Source: IGN via Engadget

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This is news *why*? Technology improvements cause drive pricing to drop - regardless of what the target for that drive is. Look at price differences between the M550 and MX100 (both from Micron's Crucial Division) - MX100 has M550 utterly waxed on a price/MB basis. At MicroCenter (example, example, example), the M550 256GB SSD is only $50USD less than the Mx100 512GB SSD - http://www.microcenter.com/sea...uter-Parts-%3a-Micro-Center.
Crucial is slashing prices on the venerable M4 just to clear stock (same link above).

Can these be installed in the newest 360S models? I don't see a port for the hard drive like are obvious in the shiny models.

Or... buy a 2.5" 500gb WD drive and do it yourself! I did it with a 320gb about a year ago, takes a while but really isn't hard (especially on the newer models, there's just exposed SATA connectors in the slot). You'll have to wait for someone to get one and rip the security sector, but that won't take long.

IN all cases, interface differences are the ONLY differences between external and internal drives when it comes to the drive itself. Western Digital's EcoGreen-AV drives are certainly usable AS peripheral drives, or even PC boot drives - I bought one to use as my PC's boot drive back when Best Buy got several pallets of them and blew them out. (It is still in use as a 7 boot drive today - in Mom's tower. I replaced it in MY tower with another ex-external drive, a 1TB/931GB formatted ex-MyBook WD EcoGreen second-generation with the 32 MB cache from the first-generation Caviar Black. It was the enclosure and interface-electronics that got zorched by the owner due to a plugology error - the drive itself was fine - in fact, before the owner gave me the drive, I backed it up to its replacement; result - no data was lost. It has, in fact, led to my thinking of using a MyBook or similar enclosure for NAS/SAN duty - which my router has a USB port specifically for.)

InsaneNutter said,
Or you can use your own Western Digital 500gb in the Xbox 360: http://digiex.net/guides-revie...xbox-360-xbox-360-slim.html

I've had a 500gb hard drive in my Xbox 360 for a year now, certainly handy for all these games for gold games. Only cost me £35 too... $109 for the official is around £65... certainly better to do it yourself if your capable.

Doing that is technically bannable. The Security Sector on each drive is unique and trackable.

shinji257 said,

Doing that is technically bannable. The Security Sector on each drive is unique and trackable.

No one has ever been banned for using a user created drive however, i've had a hacked drive for the last 6 and a half years. If anything its q benefit to Microsoft, the more users that have larger hard drives the more content that user can potentially purchase. It doesn't enable any sort of piracy or content theft, so Microsoft likely couldn't care less.

You are right though in theory Microsoft could probably tell, in reality after 6+ years its probably safe to assume they don't care.

I still don't understand why the X1 does not offer a removable/upgradable HDD. Anyway, good to know have more storage options for my trusty X360. Although pretty happy with the 320Gb I've got for now (Y)

Xerxes said,
I still don't understand why the X1 does not offer a removable/upgradable HDD. Anyway, good to know have more storage options for my trusty X360. Although pretty happy with the 320Gb I've got for now (Y)

Correct me if I'm wrong, but is that not the purpose of using external drives? Over USB 3 there's going to be basically no performance difference for the X1's purposes. USB3 drives are readily available most places now. Its hanging out the back sure, but its not like the X1 is portable to start with. If it was replaceable it would almost certainly have been in a proprietary casing (360). USB3 drives allow everyone and anyone to upgrade (as easy as SATA drives are to replace, it would intimidate far too much of Joe public to try).

Biohead said,

Correct me if I'm wrong, but is that not the purpose of using external drives? Over USB 3 there's going to be basically no performance difference for the X1's purposes. USB3 drives are readily available most places now. Its hanging out the back sure, but its not like the X1 is portable to start with. If it was replaceable it would almost certainly have been in a proprietary casing (360). USB3 drives allow everyone and anyone to upgrade (as easy as SATA drives are to replace, it would intimidate far too much of Joe public to try).

Yea. I hooked up a 1TB USB 3.0 drive to my X1 and it's been fine.

I DO hope it's a typo because I can buy the 320Gb retail for €50 ($67).
Besides that...I bought a 1TB external HDD a year ago for less than this 500Gb price