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New 500GB Hard Drive for Xbox 360

The companies behind the new generation of consoles, aka the Xbox One and Sony, haven’t forgotten their last generation of amazing gaming machines. The Xbox 360 and PS3 have both seen recent upgrades and attention from their creators, with Sony recently announcing a new cheaper edition of the PS3 for release towards Christmas.

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Meanwhile, on the Xbox front, Microsoft has been giving up games for free recently, with the Games With Gold initiative, meaning gamers can benefit from free releases of some pretty big titles on the Xbox 360, such as the amazing titles we’ve seen in the last 10 months from the Games With Gold service, such as Guacamelee, TowerFall Ascension, Halo 3, Crackdown, Dead Rising 2 , Might and Magic: Clash of Heroes and Dead Space 3.

Microsoft’s Games With Gold program has been filling up HDD’s everywhere.

But in order to take advantage of these free games, you’re going to need a big old hard drive, since the games come via download on the Xbox Live Store. The current 320GB Xbox hard drive just isn’t big enough apparently, with Microsoft announcing a brand new, standalone, 500GB hard drive for current editions of the Xbox 360.

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Of course, 500GB hard drives are available on the Xbox 360, but usually as part of console bundles or special edition releases. The interesting thing about the new model is that the drive is actually going to come out cheaper than the current 320GB standalone device. Weird right? More storage, less price? Sounds great.

The new format HDD for Xbox 360. Now in 500GB models.

The new 500GB hard drive for current models of the Xbox 360 is coming out soon, with the device’s store page showing that pre orders are ‘coming soon’. The price currently shown is $110, although this may be a placeholder.

It’s not known if the device is going to be offered alongside a discounted 320GB model, or is just a straight replacement for the 320GB version, which would be phased out on the 500GB’s emergence.

We should find out when the device releases soon.


Via: IGN