Microsoft has refused to comment on rumours that Xbox Live Arcade games are now allowed to use up to 250MB, or even 450MB under some circumstances.
my downloads more then 50mb, isn't that right 360 fans. I guess MS is following sony with bigger arcade downloads.
GASP what will you do?
people who can get online can aford the hard drive.
plus i bet they release a bigger memory card.
mo money, mo money.
p.s. sony suck.
If this does turn out to be true than MS are gonna release a bigger memory card and they will release a bigger hard drive.
Two titles have been alowed to break the limit (unless I'm missing something): Lumines and Castlevania.
And in both cases, it was because the developers had specially filed for it and basically said there was no way they could fit under the limit without cutting the game (although in Lumines' case... I won't even go there).
While there may continue to be some exemptions for a few games:
-Yes, Microsoft will allow a dev to break the limit if it's necessary to bring a great game.
-Most games will continue to be under 50MB (all the PopCap games, for instance).
-If you intend to download a lot of stuff from Live, you really do need a hard drive anyway. You can still get Uno and Mortal Kombat and (etc), but there's LOTS of stuff on Live you just can't get with just a mem card.
And in case it hasn't been said recently:
-Most people who have Core units aren't online in the first place, so for the most part, this doesn't apply to them anyway.
This goes to show that the core system was something that was created to keep a price point, there should have been only one system.
First, I have ALWAYS felt the core system was a mistake on their part. I think MS created the core system out of "fear" of the unknown as to what Sony was going to be doing with their system. As you recall MS was so dead set on releasing first they really had no idea what the Sony system was going to be. Previously they had been bitten by the PS2 "lower" price point so they went with this 2 SKU idea. Needless to say if they looked back I think MS would have scrapped the Core and gone with the premium only.
2nd, One of the main driving points about arcade is...its supposed to be quick fun games. Not full on download games. MS wanted you to be able to download a title in just a few minutes and begin to play. Hence limiting to 50mb as it really takes no time at all to download one of those titles. It will also fit on a memory card...but if all they were concerned about was a game fitting on the card they would have made the limit 64mb. So I still say the main concern was keeping the download fast so you could play a simple game quickly rather than sitting and waiting for it. I like the fact that the "Arcade" games are just that...quick and fun pick up and play.
Now...MS still could allow larger games for download. Just don't make them part of the LIVE Arcade. Place those games in the "Game" download section similar to how the demo's are. I mean seriously....demo's are upwards of 1GB at times so it is very clear MS has never had a dead set limit on what a download could be. It was just around the "arcade" games.
Very true. MS could release much larger games but not as part of the arcade. If you pay attention, the menu option for demos doesn't just say demos. It says "Demos and More." As of now, only demos could be accessed through that option. I wonder what more means. Maybe playable games larger than the arcade allows. Just a little speculation on my part.
I do think that MS should scrap the Core package and then release a bigger memory card, say 256mb and then release a bigger hard drive, say 60GB, 80GB or even 120GB.
While I agree, I'm sure there's some families out there who are buying xbox 360's for their kids who cannot afford broadband internet, or have accessibility to it. In that particular instance, the core package is not as useless as it seems.
The core package may not be entirely useless, but without the ability to save games it's pretty close. I mean seriously, not making a hard drive standard is so PS2.
I'm betting if they allow larger XBLA downloads we will be getting Goldeneye. Just imagine, Goldeneye with dual analog controls. I might even pay $15 for that.
PS2 launched at $381, so I don't know why they were so scared to launch at $400 (especially with inflation in mind). They need to release a bigger hard drive too, 'cause 20gigs goes by fast. Probably by the end of the year people will be forced to buy new HDDs if they buy/download too much content off of Live (unless you can somehow transfer it back and forth with a PC).
no one can " force " you to do anything that you do not want to, secondly Microsoft gives you a choice ( having choices is good right ), unlike Sony and lastly I'm sure everyone that purchased the core system has by now also purchased the hard drive.
They know exactly how many core units were sold and how many HDDs were sold, and even then they can't tell if those were bought for core units or simply replacements for those who ran out of space.
wrong with MS offering two sku's when it first released the 360. Both my launch 360's where core versions. Appreciatively both came back to me with hard drives when both units ended up having the three red rings of death (both since have been problem free). A price point of 299 here in the States is competative and can get down under 200 much more quickly. The memory card needs to be bigger, but who knows how much MS will charge.
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