Product Type: Microsoft hard disk drives
Newest Review: ... system files and saves, it seems logical they would charge a less ridiculous price, but Microsoft do like to be extortionate in their pric... more
Xbox 360 Hard Drive
Microsoft Xbox 360 Hard Drive 20 GB
Member Name: m_illie
Microsoft Xbox 360 Hard Drive 20 GB
Advantages: Useful, effective
Disadvantages: Price when bought new
I game a lot and my console of choice is usually my Xbox 360. We have two in my house, downstairs an old warn-out larger white console which is where I actually use this hard drive, and in my bedroom my boyfriend's Xbox which he leaves round mine, a newer more up-to-date version (that is until the new console is released, which I believe is happening at the end of May). The older console simply doesn't have the space I require to play the games I like as they tend to be hefty in terms of memory and alone doesn't possess the storage space I require.
Before using the hard drive I had simply stored my game data onto a memory card which slotted into the machine and gave me very little memory space, so getting a separate hard drive to attach to the console was a god send for me. The hard drive gave me the opportunity to experience more Xbox components than I had prior to purchasing, such as the market place where you can play game demos and download trailers. I felt like this added to my overall gaming experience, as well as making me feel more connected particularly when I didn't feel like playing online but could still reap the benefits of the online features.
If you are playing Xbox Live which is the only section of the console, where you can play with friends or random people across the world playing the same game, this hard drive is essential. Well, perhaps not strictly essential but if you desire a fuller gaming experience then I would definitely recommend as it gives you the option to download additional content. For example, I am able to download extra 'maps' when playing Halo/Call of Duty online which gives me much greater variety in my game playing, and means I can be entered into more parties of players.
The hard drive is very easy to set up as you simply slot it into place on either the left side (left of the disk tray if laying flat down) or the top depending on how you stand your Xbox. The storage space is marketed at 20GB but in reality its around 75% of that as some of the space is used in the running of Xbox original games and functions built in straight to the console. Around 13GB is enough for me but it is still quite annoying they are able to steal this extra space (and money!) off of you.
Though I do appreciate the extra components this hard disk allows me to have, it is essentially a rip off. It is marketed at around £50 which I simply wouldn't pay for it, especially now that the console itself is becoming more outdated. I purchased mine used on amazon for around £15 but now you can buy it used for closer to £8 or £9 which I think is much more reasonable. Having stolen 7GB off of you for system files and saves, it seems logical they would charge a less ridiculous price, but Microsoft do like to be extortionate in their pricing. This is why I would only buy this component used, as you can get a similar quality hard drive to one brand new for one-fifth the price.
Overall I would recommend this product to anyone looking to enhance their gaming, although bewarned it is expensive brand new and you will be robbed of space. I do think Microsoft should be a lot more upfront in this but they weren't (or at least I was so caught up in my brand new 'thingy' I simply didn't notice lol!) and this did leave me grumbling a little. I can play without having to trawl through old data searching for space and haven't yet receieved any warning or error messages (as so often is the case with Xbox products) and it has served me well in the time I've had it, which is well over a year now. For those who are more experienced gamers the space may not be enough, but for me it has served me well. Additionally it runs very well on my aging console downstairs, which has got to be around 6 years old now, which was a worry of mine when I purchased it. I would rate it only 3 stars however because of the capacity isn't huge for the price they charge, and for those who game more often than me may be left wanting more.
Summary: Useful addition to Xbox 360
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