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Monday, August 15, 2005

Xbox 360 may not always have a hard drive, confirms Allard

Xbox 360 may not always have a hard drive, confirms Allard

"Microsoft's forthcoming next-generation console may not always ship in a configuration with a hard drive, key Xbox executive J Allard has confirmed, with developers being warned not to rely on the component for their games.

Speaking in the September issue of US magazine Game Informer, Allard said that the company isn't yet ready to announce details of possible multiple models of the Xbox 360, with the presence of a hard drive being touted as one potential difference between models.

"It's something we're not ready to announce yet," he said. "I don't think it's a one-size-fits-all [approach] over the next five-year horizon."

Allard's comment may also refer to the possibility that Microsoft will begin shipping Xbox 360 consoles with HD-DVD drives at some point down the line, replacing the DVD drive which will be present in the original model of the system.

However, the hard drive is also certainly up for debate, the XNA boss went on to confirm.

"We've said [to developers], 'Hey look, don't bank on the hard drive always being there,'" he revealed. "'There may be a scenario in the future where we don't want to have a hard drive, and in that case, we have to make sure that the games that you've created are accessible to the broadest possible audience.'"

However, at present the official line remains that the Xbox 360 will ship with a hard drive as part of its basic specification - and it seems more likely that the difference in configuration at launch will be that some models will ship with a significantly larger hard drive than the 20Gb baseline.

Developers will have to take into consideration the possibility of no hard drive being present regardless of what models Microsoft ultimately chooses to ship, since the drive is a removable module which can be taken out of the machine by the end user."

Blogger lordxixor101
I'm just thinking outloud here. But, the big difference between the Xbox and other systems seemed to be the harddrive. Games like KOTOR ate up too much memory in saves for other systems. Morrowind wouldn't fly without the harddrive. Now, Microsoft is going to have the harddrive, but the developers are being told not to use it to make the games better. This basically renders the harddrive a peripheal for the system. And, if history tells us anything, it's that periphreals never sell to even the near majority of the system owners. With Sony getting a little cocky about the PS3, I thought MS was primed for a run at the top. But, this is a huge error in judgement.  

Blogger Blunt
Well nothing is official here but if the developers of games like KOTOR or Oblivion want to use the HD in development they still can. The rumor is just that MS is not going to guarantee a HD in all SKU’s. They don't see a one size fits all type of product this time around. They want to make it more accessible to everyone so they are thinking of putting out multiple packages. Some will have the HD some won’t…different price points are actually better for the consumers because it gives them the option to buy it now or later.  

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