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Wednesday, 12 October 2011 10:42

320GB drive coming this month

Written by David Stellmack

 

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No S to S transfer cables till the 20th

It really comes as no surprise that Microsoft is dropping the 320GB hard drive for the Xbox 360S this month. The drive can be used to add to a 4GB system that does not currently have a hard drive, or it can be used to upgrade from an existing smaller hard drive to the new 320GB hard drive.

Of course, to perform the upgrade you will need a transfer cable to copy the contents of your current Xbox 360 hard drive to the new larger 320GB hard drive. If you are going from the older Xbox 360 system that has the external top-mounted hard drive, then the existing transfer cable that it is available will be fine.

However, if you are going from a 250GB internal hard drive from an Xbox 360S, for example, to the 320GB hard drive that will be used in an Xbox 360S system, then you need an “S to S” transfer cable. Major Nelson recently let it be known that such a cable was coming. Apparently, it is not available fast enough, though; Microsoft says that there is limited availability of the “S to S” transfer cable (starting the 20th of this month), and only if they still happen to have some, and only if you call Microsoft customer service to get one. If you are fortunate enough to get one, it will still cost you $20 to purchase. The “S to S” transfer cable is coming and will be available and in stock starting next month.

If you do purchase the 320GB hard drive for your Xbox 360S, you will get a code for the full Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars as a download for free just for purchasing the 320GB hard drive. It is unclear how long this deal will last. The 320GB hard drive will retail for $130. From what we hear, for the time being the 250GB hard drive will continue to be available while supplies last. It is unclear if 320GB will be the new standard going forward; but we suspect that this is likely the case as availability of the 250GB hard drive dries up for Microsoft.


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+6 #1 thematrix606 2011-10-12 13:46
You should definitely change that title... wtf.
 
 
+6 #2 LudwigX 2011-10-12 13:50
I really can't understand console gamers. They are always saying: Console Gaming is cheaper bla bla bla bla bla.
And then I encounter: But look at all the crap you have to buy for your console: Controller 60€, Every game 70€ upon release (PC Version costs 20€ less ^^), stupid inbuilt store system that charges alot more money because there is no competition.
And now: 130$ for a 320Gbyte Harddrive and 20$ dollars for a cable: Hooooooooraaaay yy Console gamers. I get the drive for 40 bucks and the 50cent Cable is free of charge with the HDD!!!!!
 
 
+4 #3 m3rdpwr 2011-10-12 13:52
Quoting thematrix606:
You should definitely change that title... wtf.

Yup
 
 
0 #4 jklauderdale 2011-10-12 14:14
Games are cheaper on the PC and we all use our computers for other things anyways. The advantage consoles have over computers is no need to upgrade their video cards to run the new releases and no DRM crap to deal with.

The flip side is that I can use a single box to record my shows, play my movies, music and games. I can't recall the last time I turned my PS3 on.

*Can't say that consoles are cheaper than building a PC for gaming when you consider that most everyone has to purchase a PC anyways. PC gamers might have the added cost of more powerful hardware but console gamers have to buy both platforms AND pay extra for the games.
 
 
0 #5 noel1993 2011-10-12 21:32
@jklauderdale
I haven't changed my $120 8800gt since 2008. And I don't think I need to, since most PC games are ports from Xbox360, which has a 2005 ATI Vcard.
 
 
0 #6 thematrix606 2011-10-12 23:30
Quoting noel1993:
@jklauderdale
I haven't changed my $120 8800gt since 2008. And I don't think I need to, since most PC games are ports from Xbox360, which has a 2005 ATI Vcard.


Sorry, but I have to say I'm using a HD5870 and I can barely play Battlefield 3... had to run it on LOW to get decent framerates, still looked sexii though of course!

I'm waiting for the new gen 7xxx cards for an upgrade :) Skipping die shrink gen is ok, but you really gotta pick every 'real new' gen :)
 
 
0 #7 jklauderdale 2011-10-13 13:59
Quoting thematrix606:
Sorry, but I have to say I'm using a HD5870 and I can barely play Battlefield 3... had to run it on LOW to get decent framerates, still looked sexii though of course!


Different players are going to have different expectations out of their hardware. He's still happy with his 8800, that wouldn't run DA:O for me suitably so I upgraded.

Like you, I tend to skip at least one gen of cards but figure there's little use to putting the "7950" into my case when my CPU would likely bottleneck it. 6870 is the EOL upgrade on this system and I'm quite happy with it. A year or 2 down the road I'll build a new SATA6/USB3 SFF rig and hand this one down to my nephew.
 
 
0 #8 Regenweald 2011-10-13 18:51
Of course they need a 320 gig drive now. Id just released 25 gigs of textures. God forbid any other company uses this engine, in the face of 25 gig games, 320 doesn't seem like that much.
 
 
+1 #9 stoneeh 2011-10-14 00:41
Anyone who has a PC and purchases a console to do the exact same thing the PC can do better is a huge moron.

In fact, anyone in general who owns a console is a huge moron.
 

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