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60GB Xbox 360 Launches Friday


60GB Xbox 360 Launches Friday

We've been telling you this one's been coming for a while, but as of Friday Microsoft's refresh of the middle-of-the-road 20GB Xbox 360 will should swing into place. As of the 15th, for the same £199 as the currently-available 20GB Xbox costs, the console will come with a 60GB hard drive as standard instead.

As Microsoft's long-windedly titled Senior Regional Director, Entertainment and Devices Division Neil Thompson puts it: " No one device offers the depth and breadth of entertainment that Xbox 360 can deliver and we know consumers need increasingly more and more space to store the amazing digital entertainment content we provide. Now the Xbox 360 has triple the space to house all your entertainment needs at no extra cost ".

Arguably the new 60GB SKU is likely to pull a lot of custom away from the 120GB Elite. Although the black does still look better, paying an extra £60 for nothing but a further 60GB of storage probably won't be that attractive a deal to many.

Mind you, for an extra £100 Sony will give you a PS3 with an extra 20GB of storage and a Blu-ray drive. Although, with titles such as Final Fantasy XIII dropping their PS3 exclusivity, the choice between an Xbox and a PlayStation is becoming harder by the day.

David Hindley

August 12, 2008, 1:49 pm

Having a 60gb drive is all well and good but until they sort out the red ring of death i will never touch one of there machines


August 12, 2008, 2:12 pm

Well I have the 120 elite this was the main reason I paid the extra although after now having it over 9 months the hard drive is not used much simply because you cant do mush with it! So after advising my mate he go the 20Gig and saved some money plus he could up the hard drive at any time, now I read that a 60Gig is out I have to say what a load of toss and I can&#8217t think why or what it will make different if any? Perhaps one on the usb slots could be added to an external hard drive if only.

Matt G Baish

August 12, 2008, 2:33 pm

@David Hindley: With that approach I am surprised you ever buy anything? I have had my Xbox-360 since launch and never had a problem with it. I have heard of problems with the `red ring o death` on newsgroups etc but not anyone I know (admittedly I only personally know a coupla other people with an Xbox-360). You also get a general 1 year warranty enhanced to 3 years `for certain general hardware failures which are indicated by three flashing red lights on the console` which, I think, is better than most electronic goods (I had a 4 grand 32" Philips plasma blow up just after the 2 year warranty ran out and got a very expensive repair estimate - in the end I just bought a new LCD TV since prices had plummeted - this is going back about 7 years now :)). As with anything, you are going to get failures, but for &#163200 the 60gig variant IMHO is pretty good I think.

Matt G Baish

August 12, 2008, 2:41 pm

@Nigel - Note that the next major update (planned Q4 I think - the main feature being that the dashboard is going to be completely overhauled with Wii like avatars added for use with `family-centric` games) includes the ability (where desired, i.e. optional) to load DVD-based games onto the hard-drive (PS3-like) so that you can get faster load times - less frame-dropping etc (for those action intensive titles). (Note that you will still need to have the DVD inserted - like PC games - so you can`t just copy & take back to the rental store :) or :( depending on your POV). Also if MS improved the HD movie line up here in the UK I may be tempted to give it a go (which would make a larger drive more useful) but as it is, I agree, there isn't that much to fill it up with (unless you like collecting demos from XBL :))


August 13, 2008, 2:19 am

all good and well, but what I want to know is whether it has the jasper (http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/... motherboard?

so who is going to be the first to crack open (and void their warranty then?) to let us all know?

David Hindley

August 13, 2008, 12:28 pm

@Matt G Baish, i have happly bought a wii and a ps3 safe in the knowledge they have a very low failure rate, u are very lucky to have never suffered the red ring of death, unless u live on the moon u know that the failure rate of the xbox360 is still far to high. And I know all about the 3 year extension to the warrenty, i have nor the time or the patience to be posting consoles back and forth, i'd much rather own something that just works. The xbox 360 has some great features & games but mirosoft shot themselves in the foot trying to get to the market 1st.

Matt G Baish

August 13, 2008, 3:24 pm

@David Hindley; Hmmm, I think the fact that you already have a PS3 & a Wii is really the main reason you don't want an Xbox-360. 19 million units shipped worldwide (vs 14.41 million for Ps3 & 29.62 million for Wii) looks pretty healthy so I don't quite get why you think MS shot themselves in the foot? Also - the current (old) dashboard is slick (lets hope the new one improves on this), there is a huge selection of games, the online services IMO are unassailable by *ANY* other current gen console, it works as a fantastic home media centre (wireless streaming from PC with TVersity works best IMO). Only downside is no browser. (A quick look around the internet reveals a 16% failure rate - however it looked like 33% of version one units had some sort of failure so I guess version 2 is doing well to bring that figure down).

@K: oooh, cool! Lets hope so :)

David Hindley

August 14, 2008, 1:14 pm

@Matt G Baish, U have me completly wrong, the only thing that stops me owning a xbox 360 is the chance i will have to keep shipping it back & forth, i agree its a fantastic, if not flawed piece of hardware, and the reason ms has shot themselves in the foot is that they have had to folk out millions of dollors repairing bricked consoles, if they had been paitent and properly tested there hardware before release they would proberly be ahead of nintendo in global sales, instead they made there choice in being 1st to the market with a next gen console, although at there own cost, ms as a company is allways making these sort of mistakes, look at the mess they have made with vista.

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