Looks like Microsoft has found a way to accommodate those people who didn't have the required 128 MB available storage for the New Xbox Experience. Click to see the offers
$20 for a refurbed 360 HD? Not too shabby!
I agree 100 percent. 20 gb for $20 what a deal. I myself have a 120, but if I had an arcade I would definetly get in on this deal because chances are it will be for a short amount of time.
I wonder if this is a sign of something about to change with core 360's.
I have an Arcade System. I got rejected. How do they know I have a hard drive from the original Premium I had which had the disc tray stop working? How do I get my free 512 memory card I am entitled to?!
Agreed I own just core console (came with phone and T.V..) so i will be getting this Hard Drive although i do think it should've been $20 always
well im guessing some time after christmas they will probably release a new arcade bundle with a hard drive, either that or a bigger memory card
it's still a rip-off though, considering i dont think any companies actually make 20gb HDD's anymore, and a 40gb 2.5" SATA drive (for the PS3, only comparison i can make) costs about $30 (im assuming, im from the UK and they cost about £20 over here, probably even less). On a related note, just bought a 320gb HDD for my PS3, cost all of £50, about half of what M$ seem to sell there 60gb HDD's for...
That's what they should cost in the first place!
If they're selling HDD's for 19.99 why tha hell do they cost $56.95 on amazon. They should just lower the price so it's cheap enough to compare to the prices of HDD's on the PS3... then again, they wouldn't have to do this if there was one standard in every system. Somebody's fired.
What a deal?! I hope that was typed by fingers dripping with sarcasm. I just put a 320GB HDD in my PS3 for $110. That's about $0.35 a gig. MS, while normally raping consumers to the tune of $3.00 a gig for their propietary HDDs, has benevolently provided the option of purchasing a REFURBISHED 20 GB HDD for about $1.00/GB, still between 2 and 3 times as much as it should be. I love my X360, but until they bring the price point of NEW HDDs into the more reasonable range of $0.50 to $0.75 a gig, you can count me out.
Nowhere on that site does it say free 512MB card,this is fake!
Retard. It's RIGHT here, so hard to see, huh? http://www.xboxstorageupgra...
thank you microsoft, thats why, we the costumers love you, FONY would never do something like that.
So, I spend more and don't get a free memory card? What the hell sort of bull is that?
You have an HDD and can run the NXE so do you really need the memcard? Or are you just wanting it because someone else is getting it for free? You spent more but you knew exactly what you were getting so don't try and spin this as a negative because it just sounds greedy. You can't expect MS to give everyone a free memcard just because.
I have a Pro, I just want it because someone else is getting it free. Oh well, I can take solace in the fact I didn't buy a gimped console.
how was it gimped? The person buying it knew it didn't have a hard drive? by your logic unless you bought one with 120GB you got a gimped machine as well. edit: unless ms knew they would have to do this before they released the arcade it doesn't equal gimped. this sounds like they wanted to do something and not having a hdd as standard became a stumbling block so they've come up with a solution which has cost them. doesn't mean the arcade was gimped in the first place just it wasn't enough for their upcoming plans. and i agree about the arcade should never have existed. sounded good but this gen threw up a few things that ms didn't count on.
The fact Microsoft have to now send out discount HDDs or free memory cards = gimped. This isn't a shot at Microsoft, they've made the best of a bad situation and, in my books, have made the right choice, but the arcade should never have existed.
Lol at you crying over spilt milk.
Pirate nothing is GIMPED if it can be upgraded. It's like Options on a car or something. You buy what you can afford and go with your options. That's the whole point of SKUs. IMO. They allow frugal gamers,some that have no intentions or care about all the hooplas in the consoles themselves but just wanna play games, to afford a console that does just that. Eventually if you have the cash you can buy the Extras(Though MS doesn't make it easy with it's prices until now with this deal) Now when you get 2 different SKUs and one can do something the other will never be able to do(when it comes to the sole purpose of the device) then you have a gimped model. Every 360 plays the same games. I think the Core Xbox 360 SKU and a $20 is not bad at all. Even if it is a gamer that have no plans to go online/have no broadband or just can't afford the Premium/Elite.
I don't really care anyway, doesn't affect me. I do find it odd people are now running to the defence of the Arcade/Core.
You sure post alot in threads involving things you don't care about.
I don't see anything wrong with selling refurb hard drives through a special offer like that. It shows that Microsoft is at least trying to make NXE accessible to Core/Arcade owners. I have a Premium 360 with a 20GB hard drive that I bought before the Elite ever existed and it doesn't bother me at all that they're doing this. I feel no sense of entitlement. I'm just glad to see people catching a break.
"I just want it because someone else is getting it free." Do you even listen to yourself? That is so childish it's comical. What is wrong with you? You should be embarrassed for even thinking that way.
What I think PirateThom might be getting at with the phrase "gimped" is because Microsoft has a console on the market that can't handle an update. In the end equals a gimped stock-keeping unit on the shelf because as soon as you go online you're going to need to update or stay off-line. At least every stock-keeping unit Sony has can handle an update straight out of the box. It's like buying a computer for cheaper, but ultimately having to buy something else to actually use it. Yes you can actually upgrade, but your incentive to buying cheaper is almost out the window. I buy something cheaper now I have to go online to get a cheaper hard drive. How is this going to be known mainstream when casual gamers buy the arcade model?
@2.12 why did you have to bring up the PS3? this is a 360 thread (roll eyes)
For a Xbox hater, you spend too much time trolling Xbox threads. If NXE requires 128Mb but you can get 512MB card free at the very least, where is the gimp and cost you money there? darkequitus:XBL/PSN/WoW/Xfire /Steam
Lol, I have an XBOX 360 and because I mentioned a PlayStation 3 it doesn't mean I'm off topic. As far as I know the PlayStation 3 is a video game console as well and I compared packaging. That's on topic, I could have mentioned at least cheap shoes come with laces still being on topic. To Lambert my gamertag is Terminator TX3 and I'll own you in Halo 3 or Gears of War. So be prepared to be t-bagged online a lot, lol. Get it straight I'm a Sony Honey Badger not weasel. I was trying to interpret PirateThom was stating when saying the XBOX 360 was gimped. If you buy the XBOX 360 Arcade model out of the box you can't even upgrade. You'll have to go on a website to get the storage devices or buy one at the store for full price. I brought up the PlayStation 3 stating that it has everything from the get go. As far as I know Microsoft is competing with Sony so it's only natural to mention the two. Does it make sense to bring up wrestling when talking about Brock Lesnar in the Ultimate Fighting Companionship?
The Arcade CAN handle the new desktop. The arcade comes with everything it needs to download and install it. The issue is when gamers have their memory cards full from arcade games and demos... But if you purchased an Arcade... and still use the included small memory card... then obviously you don't care much about hardcore gaming or new desktops. Out of the box, the arcade comes with all the memory it needs to use the new XBE. NOW aside from that, Microsoft is discounting the 20gb HDD for $20. Anyone who doesn't have a HDD now has the ability to comfortably afford a HDD. This solves so many problems. Now developers shouldn't have to worry about making games without taking use of a Hard drive. Plus we all saw this coming when MS moved over to the 60gb models and selling the 20gb Pro bundles off cheap. Well now they're doing the same with the 20gb stock of refurbished parts. Big deal. It's Win/Win/Win. Smart move MS. Now I suggest everyone without a HDD jump on this as I'm sure it won't last forever. Then everyone will have a harddrive and everyone will win.
no it doesnt make sense to talk about wrestling when youre talking about ultimate fighting. what the hell kind of conversations do you have. Me: Hey should I buy a four cylinder car or a six cylinder car. Friend: Buy the six man. You: Buy a monster truck. Me: Ummm ok are we out of Ritalin. The topic 360 versus itself, or is MS ripping off people who bought the elite or pro. Hope that clarifies it, unless your getting paid for that ad space. on topic. I have a near launch 360 and still have about 10 gigs on the hdd no i dont care if we give poor people a handout. MS can afford it.
can you do this if you live in canada?
I'm Pretty sure this is World Wide
they keep acting like this and people might think they have a soul.
Wow, so a $20 hdd or a FREE memcard. Now that is taking care of your people MS! Way to go! EDIT: That site is getting hammered I can't even get on.
yes, 3 years later... Way to go MS!
no, not 3 years later. the update isn't out yet so in fact they're 3 weeks early.
LOL CViper OWNED!!
WHY THE HELL GO FOR THE CARD AND NOT THE HDD FOR 20 BUCKS THAT A FRIKIN STEAL. I WONDER IF I CAN BUY IT AT THAT PRICE? I COULD USE ANOTHER JUST TO HAVE
Oh well that should be a less of a concern for cheapos out there... If you are already going to buy a Premium/Elite then you can skip this article... Question: will they push this info at the retailers as these low income gamers//parent/grandparents shop?
A good idea would be to promote it on Live, you know, on the dashboard, instead of having an ad for an expansion pack or whateverit would say "want to get in on the new xbox experience but don't have enough memory for it? Head over to xbox.com and check out our upgrade offerings!" or something better a pr-person might come up with.
@milo garret they sent a message over live if you were quailified to recieve the discount to head over to xbox.com/storage and they also sent an email to the email linked to your gold account. I think you need to have a gold membership and either a arcade or core to be eligible to get the discounted hard-drive im not sure about silver membership so dont qoute me on that.... xoxo <3
Good Looking out MS... People that Bought the Arcade Ver.. I don't think knew what they were getting into or a second xbox.. Now they get hooked up with a free upgrade or $20 20gb HD Very Nice
I can honestly say it wouldn't be necessary if they dropped the Arcade and left just the 20 60 and 120 GB skus. But ONCE AGAIN, you still get quite a bit with the Arcade for $199. Maybe in the future MS will start packaging the 512MB memory unit instead of the 256MB.
if i could get 20GB HDD and the Arcade for 199 thats tempting Maybe in Jan 2009....get a Arcade with this deal...Geears of War b4 KZ2 sounds like a good way to spend some winter nights
You can buy a 20gb Pro for $199. All the 20gb models were clearanced in way for the 60gb models.
i wish i can buy one just to have it. i got my 360 at launch so i have a 20gb with 6.5 gigs left. i should be ok for a while though, since i dont have to install games:) dah well, im eyeing that 120gig anyway..
That's a pretty good deal I guess. How much do 20 gigs normally cost?
It's probably the only 20GB hdd out there
Isn't there a 20 Gig sku?
probably if its old stock. its been replaced with 60gb. I thought you meant how much was a 20gb hdd i.e. one you would put in your pc. You can buy a 20gb hdd for the 360 in the shops and its more than double the price so this is a very good deal from that standpoint. i wonder if people in the uk will get it at the american price. a 20gb hdd is over 50 maybe 60 quid in a shop so to get one at £12 is a steal.
Thanks Gam71, that was exactly what I was wondering. Yes that is an incredibly good deal.
Hard drives are like memory. They're expensive when they first come out, then slowly come down, then slowly get more expensive as they're phased out. The reason is because of business servers. Servers don't get replaced as often as workstations, especially if its working like it should. Older hardware can only support older devices, like 72Pin Memory chips. My buddy works for a company in Texas that takes old memory bars and replaces the chips with higher capacity chips (turning a 16mb stick into 1gb stick). Hard drives are the same. With Terabyte drives coming out and becoming the norm, lots of older;smaller drives are getting expensive. I don't think it would even be easy to find a new 20gb drive. Most consumer drives readily available start at 80gb I think and up. So technically an 250gb drive will be cheaper then an 20gb if you bought both of them today. Microsoft can get away will selling them so cheap because they bought them in bulk years ago. So they have all these 20gb drives laying around. They can't do anything else with them except sell them. With the end of the year coming up, why not get rid of them?
well they had to come out with such a deal. 20gb for $20 is a great deal for those core owners who wanted to be Too cheap.
End of the story.
so was that a refurbished comment from you?
Joe, get an education.
That's the way to go...almighty MS. Ms is god and knows how to please it's customers. Gears 2 will own LBP.
Microsoft always takes care of consumers when it messes upm true it mesess more than should but always comes up with a compensation.
Get an Xbox 360 starting at $199 or get the REAL xbox experience for 220.99 lol take it ez its only meant as a joke don't go all crazy And yes I know its still 199 if you opt for the free card but the cards are kinda worthless on a more serious note how are they gonna keep people from abusing the system\?
i thought the solution was the 60gb hard drive sold separately.
Because if that was the case they could of added a 20 gig in every 360 from the start. Obviously, they sold many Xbox 360 Premiums/Elites(At higher profit margins) and now can afford to dish out the 20 gig HDD at such price with the lower-priced SKU's. I think MS is where they wanna be in terms of pricing strategy cause we all know MS prices are really high for accessories, so they must be making money somewhere..
Yeah, way to go M$. Masters of the afterthought. Of course if it was built right the first time, this wouldn't be needed and a generation of games would be artificially handicapped.
Is that like PS3s online experience (ie: trophy 2yrs later, ...)?
Whatever dude just keep quit hating already.
in game xmb 2 years later? (that still doesn't work properly, games need updated for in game music, etc) no headset included? (so that even if you have a headset yourself, nobody else does) trophies added 2 years later so that only a few games support them? hmmmm.....seems like xbox isn't the only system that "should have been made properly in the first place" lol, sorry just had to bring these points up, anyway, way to go Microsoft, thanks for thinking of all your customers (very un-microsoft like, but we'll take it)
None of that stuff you mentioned hampers game developement. Not like leaving out a HDD. And now they're chucking you a cheap one that should have been there all along so you can get their Home ripoff. Hey, I dont care if others copy good ideas, it means everyone get to have them, but headsets and background music are just icing to the cake. Leaving out a HDD when it was easily the best thing about XB1 is just tight arsetry at its stinking worst and you all know it. For the sake of saving a few bucks the bar has been lowered for this whole gen and many are too dumb to even realise it. You've heard of the lowest common denominator right. Well XB Core as I still call it because thats all it is, is the Lowest Common Denominator. Every multiplat game has to run on that shoestrung piece of crap. Don't you get it? Why should PS3 or even XB pro suffer for the core? The only saving grace is that Wii does get all these games too, other wise we would all be buried in shovelware. You can call me a hater but you just see or wont admit the facts. I was a big fan of XB last time round but they have lost their way big time this gen.
I don't understand. I thought all arcade 360's had a memory card that came with them...If I remember correctly, memory cards didn't come with the core/arcade consoles at launch. Perhaps I answered my own question, though can anyone confirm this? Good deal, however if current arcade bundles come with a 512 MB memory card, do they still give you the hdd/memory card?
"I thought all arcade 360's had a memory card that came with them...If I remember correctly, memory cards didn't come with the core/arcade consoles at launch." I think your right and I think it's only the people who purchased those system are able to get that deal. From the article: "If you head over to Xbox.com, there is a service that will scan your serial number and console ID to ensure you don't have the 128 MB needed for the upgrade" If I'm reading this correctly the people who buy the $199 system today are not able to get this deal since the system comes with a 256mb memory card which is enough room for the NXE so most likely these owner would have to pay full price for the 20gb HD and or memory card.
My memory is better than I thought...yay :-p Thanks for confirming that. I bet there are some people who mistakingly think they will get a $20 hdd with a new arcade purchase. M-soft should clarify who is eligible. Sweet deal, though its hard to believe that some people with 3 year old arcades don't have a memory unit...or a 64 MB one at that. The percentage of people that actually qualify won't be a huge number. A good deal nonetheless.
so $220 for full 360 experience??, top winner r