320GB hard drive for Xbox 360 S available this month

Is the 4GB drive on your slim Xbox 360 S model driving you mad? Don't worry. Microsoft is releasing a 320GB hard drive, which should sate all your data needs, later this month.

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Is the 4GB drive on your slim Xbox 360 S model driving you mad? Don't worry. Microsoft is releasing a 320GB hard drive, which should sate all your data needs, later this month.

The hard drive will retail for $129.99 and will include an Xbox Live download code for LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars.

Microsoft previously released a standalone hard drive for the Xbox S console: a 250GB hard drive retailed for the same price as the newly announced bundle. That means you're getting more GBs for the same amount of $$s.

Unfortunately, Microsoft uses proprietary hard drives for its Xbox hardware, meaning you're subject to quite a hefty markup. A 320GB hard drive would otherwise cost about $50.

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    October 11, 2011 1:45 PM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, 320GB hard drive for Xbox 360 S available this month.

    Is the 4GB drive on your slim Xbox 360 S model driving you mad? Don't worry. Microsoft is releasing a 320GB hard drive, which should sate all your data needs, later this month.

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      October 11, 2011 1:56 PM

      $130 for 320GB? I can get 2TB (2048GB) for that price.

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        October 11, 2011 2:02 PM

        Good, you should do it then.

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        October 11, 2011 2:12 PM

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        October 11, 2011 4:07 PM

        NNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

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        October 11, 2011 7:18 PM

        lol what's with all the outrage about this comment?

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          October 11, 2011 7:25 PM

          The main thing is that it's not apples to apples. I completely agree that the 360 drives are way overpriced (not as bad as they used to, that was some ass-rapey type of shit) but they're notebook drives. Not desktop sized drives, so I don't even think there's a 2TB 2.5" drive on the market yet.

          Still though, the jump from 250GB to 320GB just seems so incremental that it's difficult for me to have any enthusiasm about it. I would have much preferred seeing a ~500GB or ~750GB drive, would it really have cost that much more?

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        October 11, 2011 7:29 PM

        Supply and not having other options.

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        October 12, 2011 6:27 AM

        there must be some Chinese adapter out there that lets you use other hard drives with the xbox

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        October 12, 2011 6:33 AM

        5 years on and these posts are still hapenning. It's insane.

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        October 12, 2011 6:37 AM

        Herp Derp, oh no Microsoft makes money.

        I don't know what they do to test these drives, but I've yet to have an Xbox drive fail, and I just had a standard Seagate HDD fail in under 2 years in my computer. So I'm guessing there is a good reason to pay a little bit more per GB for an Xbox drive.

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          October 12, 2011 6:40 AM

          It's a 2.5" drive
          It comes in a proprietary easy install housing
          It is encrypted or secure in some way
          It's got to be assembled, marketed, packed, tested- despite the supplier already selling them the drive.
          It contains the license to Xbox 1 backwards compatibility.
          Console manufacturers make $ on accessories.


          So tired of people not knowing this for the 360.

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            October 12, 2011 6:54 AM

            It's the same reason people constantly complain about an Apple computer being overpriced. It's not overpriced if people are buying it.

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              October 12, 2011 7:08 AM

              I chose MBP because it was the best laptop out there for my needs - though I felt the warranty was pretty limited considering what I was paying - but arguably they could make more money by targeting a lower price point, or by releasing lite versions, hence the rumours of a cut-down iPhone to take on the low-end market that Android is doing so well in.

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            October 12, 2011 7:03 AM

            So tired of people not knowing this for the 360 everything

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            October 12, 2011 7:44 AM

            And we're all tired of the back and forth bitching over Xbox 360 accessory prices. No one is right on either side of the table because Microsoft can do whatever it pleases since it's their platform. We could make threads all day long complaining about iPhone/iPod cables being overprices or PS3 controllers being overprice, but we don't because it's business as usual.

            The only difference is that there aren't any real alternatives, other than breaking the EULA and risking getting in deep doodo with Microsoft (e.g. getting your Live account banned). And I haven't really read where folks were doing that on the S units.

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          October 12, 2011 6:47 AM

          Yes, the reason is that they've selected it as a chance to apply a high margin.

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            October 12, 2011 6:53 AM

            Oh no. I fell victim to helping keep Microsoft making these kick ass entertainment devices!

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              October 12, 2011 6:58 AM

              I'm not disagreeing with the strategy, just your reasoning for it being more expensive with an anecdotal comment about Seagate drives was a bit strange.

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                October 12, 2011 7:06 AM

                The pricing on the drive has always been set as the difference between the "arcade" model and the "pro" model that had the largest drive. There was a time when that was quite a bit more than the $130 it is now.

                Also, if you compared it to higher quality 2.5" self-enclosed USB drives, it was always competitively priced with those type of drives on the PC side. Yea, it is quite a bit higher when you compare it to bare bones OEM 3.5" drives which most everyone herps and derps about when Microsoft announces a larger size one of these.

                Major Nelson also said they do a bit more quality control testing on the drive that was selected, so that's why I threw that out there about my most recent drive failure.

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                  October 12, 2011 7:12 AM

                  Yeah I've just seen the UK pricing and when placed in context, considering the pricing strategy of the console, the drive's casing and physical size its relatively fair.

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        October 12, 2011 6:55 AM

        well then buy that and try and connect it to a 360

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      October 11, 2011 2:15 PM

      It should read "sate all your data needs for this month."

      Xbox users have it bad compared to the PC gaming master race.

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        October 11, 2011 2:19 PM

        It takes a little bit longer than that to fill up a drive that size on a 360. I have all of the DLC for a little over 150 games installed (those that have DLC anyway), a bunch of XBLA games, and still have room for installing multiple games with the 120GB. Probably move up to a bigger one soon though.

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          October 11, 2011 8:34 PM

          I have about twenty full disc games installed, a bunch of Arcade and On Demand games, a ton of DLC and about 500+ Rock Band tracks on my hard drive. I still have about 30 gigs left on it.

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            October 11, 2011 8:34 PM

            Sorry, forgot to mention I use a 250 gig.

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            October 12, 2011 6:34 AM

            Why do you keep that many full games installed? Yea, I'll keep whatever I'm currently rotating through, but once it's out of rotation it gets uninstalled.

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              October 12, 2011 11:13 AM

              Because I like to keep options available.

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        October 12, 2011 7:40 AM

        Really?

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      October 11, 2011 3:50 PM

      Suckers

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      October 11, 2011 7:31 PM

      Eh, I'll wait. I got my 250gb one on sale for something like $60 last year.

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      October 11, 2011 7:45 PM

      I wish I could drop an SSD, even a 40GB, into the 360.

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        October 12, 2011 5:33 AM

        and what would be the point of this? maybe you think it will improve load times? not likely.

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          October 12, 2011 7:41 AM

          huh? if they actually did make one and put the slightest bit of effort into it, it would probably improve a lot. they won't, though.

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      October 11, 2011 10:06 PM

      If you bought a 360 then you shouldn't be complaining. You knew what you were getting with the 360 and if you didn't then you should have done your homework.

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      October 12, 2011 5:35 AM

      it comes with lego star wars! totally worth it. Maybe i'll finally own a legit microsoft branded hdd in my x360s now.

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      October 12, 2011 6:30 AM

      You get the main console for way cheaper than a PC, are you seriously going to try to compare everything else on it to PC prices? Did you think they weren't going to make it up somewhere?

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        October 12, 2011 6:39 AM

        Yea, I don't get these posts. I've broken it down in the past. When you compare it to something closer to what it is on the PC side it isn't overpriced at all. Nevermind that PC guys have to drop $500 on a video card every 6 months, or other stupid shit like that.

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          October 12, 2011 6:56 AM

          I agree with your analysis, but you kind of undermine your own credibility by suggesting people have to upgrade every 6 months - that is a user choice for people who feel they need the very latest, especially if you are talking $500.

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          October 12, 2011 7:01 AM

          Ah yes, the good old hyperbole. In order to play PC games with good settings, you have to spend $500 on a video card twice a year.

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          October 12, 2011 7:03 AM

          Wow, that's easy. Just make up some bullshit price and bullshit timeframe and boom you have a convincing argument. I mean, I'm sure it sounds convincing to you.

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        October 12, 2011 6:52 AM

        Well, there is also the key strategy for "making up" the loss with a % cut on the games you buy and services you use, hence the higher game prices than PC which adds up over the long term. Its not just buying the initial hardware.

        But yeah, it is a very good price for the core console.

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        October 12, 2011 7:17 AM

        (this was supposed to be a response to Demon4231, not Shacknews directly)

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        October 13, 2011 3:29 PM

        His point (which is valid), is that for a PC / Laptop and even a PS3, you can just buy a Hard Drive, and put it in.

        While I like my 360 as well, the proprietary Hard Drive (and it's ridiculous markup) has always been, and probably always will be, BS.

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