500GB Xbox 360 hard drive coming soon

The device, offering the most game space to date, will sell for $110.


Up until now, Xbox 360 owners have had to contend with minimal space on their precious consoles, with only 320GB to deal with. And considering most of the games take up a pretty good amount (around 7 GB or so), it's only a matter of time before that space runs out.

However, Microsoft is ready to provide its owners an alternative, as the company has announced a new 500GB model, giving it the most space to date.

Although the new hard drive doesn't have a release date yet, Larry "Major Nelson" Hyrb stated that "it's on the way" and shouldn't be too far off. The device will sell for $110 upon release, $20 less than what the 320GB went for with a pre-installed game.

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    August 20, 2014 1:00 PM

    Robert Workman posted a new article, 500GB Xbox 360 hard drive coming soon.

    The device, offering the most game space to date, will sell for $110.

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      August 20, 2014 1:21 PM

      looks like only for the new style system...

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      August 20, 2014 1:24 PM

      i'm still rocking the original 20 gig hd.

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        August 20, 2014 9:17 PM

        Me too, except it's in a Slim Xbox.

        Just last week I bought a 250 GB Xbox S on craigslist for 110, and sold the hard drive for 50 (minus ebay tax, comes to 40). I had a 20 GB drive laying around that I had purchased to use on a roommate's xbox a few years back, so I removed it from it's OG Xbox 360 casing and threw it in my Slim.

        I'm only going to be playing Shadow Complex and a few disc-based games so I definitely didn't need the space.

        By the way, I'd love to hear any suggestions for exclusives I should check out. I got it to play Shadow Complex and Rez HD, and Radiant Silvergun, but I know there's got to be some other stuff worth buying.

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      August 20, 2014 1:26 PM

      damn, you can get two 3rd party 320GB HDDs for less than that

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      August 20, 2014 1:52 PM

      Microsoft! Welcome to the after-after party?

      Too bad they stopped making hard drives for the original model. Screw early adopters, right?

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      August 20, 2014 1:56 PM

      A WD 500GB 7200 RPM drive goes for $49.99 on NewEgg right now http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236562

      Nice profit margin, Microsoft. Wish they did like Sony and allow you to install any HDD you want.

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        August 20, 2014 3:22 PM

        Hah, when I first read the article I thought a 500gb 360 was coming out for that price, it sounded like an amazing deal! I never imagined the drive itself would be that much.

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          August 21, 2014 12:10 AM

          I think they're guessing most 360 owners have no idea that hard drives of that size are far cheaper than what they sell them for.

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      August 20, 2014 4:02 PM

      O.K. Why is it they are releasing more hardware for the 360 when the console is basically nearing its end of life. At $110 it would be cheaper to buy a 2TB external USB drive but of course MS only lets you partition so much of a external drive.

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        August 20, 2014 4:11 PM

        because there's a lot of people with a 360 that still play it?

        Why not? I'd love to have one of these 500gig hd's. I've downloaded so many games over the years I can only keep a few of them on my HD at a time.

        if that was 110$ in cdn $, i'd buy it. I don't even give a flying shit about people crying "ZOMG THEY ARE ONLY 50$ THOUGH!!!" without even thinking about the manufacturing of the casing, packaging, wires for it, etc etc.

        meh, 110$ is really nothing to get worked up over.

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        August 21, 2014 5:58 AM

        I understand that people still play on the 360 but it would make far more sense to issue a software update that removes the limit on external HDDs to allow them to use one of any size.

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          August 21, 2014 8:12 AM

          Speed comes into play at that point, USB2.0 vs. SATA, so you won't be seeing this happen.

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            August 21, 2014 8:20 AM

            People have been installing games on external drives for years now on the 360. The only issue is the arbitrary limit of 32GB. My guess which was done to stop external drives from eating their lunch on the expansion storage. I am not debating that the internal Sata isn't faster than USB but at this point in the console life cycle it doesn't make much sense to release a proprietary hdd.

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              August 21, 2014 9:11 AM

              Try it with Destiny. Or MGSV.

              There are a handful of others that don't like the USB, and more that require the use of an actual hard disk, connected via SATA, even if you do not install the game. (i.e. it uses the drive for swap space) It kinda/sorta makes sense when it's a solid state/thumb drive, but it is completely understandable that they are not offering large scale storage via USB though.

              If you want to JTAG/reset glitch your 360 on the other hand, then by all means.

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      August 20, 2014 11:29 PM

      Still rockin my 120 GB elite. She's still goin strong. *knocks on wood*

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      August 21, 2014 12:12 AM

      Buy an aftermarket 360 HD for way cheaper on Amazon.

      I bought one: it fits perfectly, works perfectly, and the only drawback is apparently it's not allowed to support installs for original Xbox games.

      So if you don't care about that last built, your savings can be pretty substantial.

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        August 22, 2014 6:28 PM

        Just cross your fingers that Microsoft doesn't do another house cleaning and deauthorize accounts with hacked drives (which is what those are).

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          August 25, 2014 6:54 AM

          Another? They have cleaned house many times but they have never done it by banning an aftermarket drive that has been hacked to work in the 360.

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      August 21, 2014 8:12 AM

      Drives this size have been available for a while now, just not from microsoft.

      And to be clear, I am saying, drives this size that actually work in an unhacked XBox 360, have been available for a while now.