Hard drives keep getting fatter in the video game console war. Microsoft
The system will retail for $480. The hard drive is six times larger than the 20-gig storage solution that shipped with its $399 premium model in 2005. The new drive will also be available as an upgrade accessory for existing 360 owners, with a $180 price tag for the drive and the tools necessary to transfer data over from the older drive.
Welcome to the arms race of the storage variety. Sony
It's easy to see why Microsoft is looking to fatten the capacity of its 360. It is more than a disc-based gaming console these days. A Hollywood Reporter article claims that it trails only Apple
Just as older computers with flimsy hard drives fill up way too quickly in this day and age of MP3 music files and even chunkier video, the next-generation systems are also expanding in their functionality.
Even the Wii, despite being far behind its rivals on specs and storage, became the top-selling platform last month due to its diversity. I've used the Wii to surf online, pull up weather reports, and read up on breaking news. That's not too shabby for a $250 device that just happens to play some pretty engaging games, too.
As for Microsoft, the company's capacity-widening initiative should be a dinner bell for all Hollywood studios that want a thicker slice in the high-margin market of digital distribution. It already has most of the heavies like Viacom
Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz is a fan of all three consoles but finds himself spending way too much time with the family on the Wii at the moment. He does not own shares in any of the companies mentioned in this story. The Fool has a disclosure policy. Rick is also part of the Rule Breakers newsletter research team, seeking out tomorrow's ultimate growth stocks a day early.