Microsoft triples storage on Xbox

14 Jul 2008

Microsoft has brought out new consoles with triple the amount of storage for the same price as entry-level Xbox 360 machines, it emerged today.

In the US and Canada, Microsoft has dropped the price of its 20GB console to US$299, a US$50 saving.

A new console with 60GB of hard drive space will now become available with a price tag of US$349.

An Xbox 360 Arcade with just 256MB of memory and five arcade games will cost US$279, while the Xbox 360 Elite console with 120GB of memory will cost US$449.

While the price drops affect the US and Canada, it is only a matter of time before similar price drops hit Europe.

“We know consumers need more and more space to store the amazing digital content Xbox 360 offers, and we’re giving it to them at no extra charge,” said Albert Penello, Xbox director of product management at Microsoft.

“No one device offers the depth and breadth of entertainment that Xbox 360 can deliver, and now you’ll have three times the storage to manage all that great content.”

By John Kennedy

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years