The much rumoured hard drive that will come with the Xbox 360 is a 20GB removable unit (below) which the company expects gamers to take with them to friends’ houses. It will store save games, user profiles, demos, trailers, music, video, you name it. Microsoft has yet to give away the physical dimensions of the HDD but it is expected to be slightly larger than a mobile phone which suggests it will fit better into an inside coat pocket than a pair of jeans.
A larger, unspecified capacity hard drive is being talked about by Microsoft, but the company has made no official noises about what that greater size may be or when it will come to market.
In terms of accessories (besides the digital camera) there will also be headsets that plug directly into the bottom of the Xbox wireless controllers (see below). This is superbly cool and - correct me if I’m wrong - the first time I have heard of a device being independently powered by a wireless peripheral.
We finish with the games announcements. A console lives and dies by its games and the Xbox 360, technological innovations or not, will follow the same rule. Thankfully, the title support looks immense and I can’t remember seeing so many major titles tied to a new console before it has even launched.
The full list is:
*Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland (Activision)
*Call of Duty 2 (Activision)
*Tiger Woods PGA Tour 06 (EA)
*Need for Speed: Most Wanted (EA)
*Madden NFL 06 (EA)
*Kameo: Elements of Power (Microsoft Game Studios)
*Gears of War (Microsoft Game Studios)
*Project Gotham Racing 3 (Microsoft Game Studios)
*Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon 3 (Ubisoft)
*The Darkness (Majesco)
*Quake 4 (id Software)
*NBA 2K6 (2K Sports)
*Saint’s Row (THQ)
One game this list doesn’t include is Perfect Dark Zero, the first game announced for the console and understandably therefore released by Microsoft (though developed by Rare - the premier Nintendo developer before the Redmond boys bought them in September 2002). The reason to separate it is Microsoft gave us some tech details on its first person shooter and they deserve to be singled out:
*5,000 polygons per character
*100,000 to 300,000 polygons in the environment
*Up to 50 players per game in online multiplayer
*Characters can interact with all objects in environment
*Fully destructible objects
Could this be the new Halo? Could the Xbox 360 be the new PlayStation 2?
Well, Sony has just hinted that the PS3 could come out before the end of the year, so its definitely feeling it heat. All will be revealed when the Xbox 360 debuts towards the end of November.