Microsoft recently announced the price of Kinect and a 4GB model of their popular new Xbox (slim) model. The model itself is very sleek looking like its big brother counterpart but why such the small internal hard drive? So again I ask, why would Microsoft choose such a small internal memory where every good downloadable title is about a half a gig (500+ MB).
Maybe they are doing it for the casual audience, but even the casual audience will need more than 4 gigs if they have a few downloadable Kinect titles (it’s bound to happen) and a few disc based Kinect games and maybe one or two hardcore games thrown in like Halo Reach or Gears 3. It will force the gamer to go out and buy another one or look for an external solution to the problem. Maybe they are trying to put a console on every TV. A 4GB model would be great for your bedroom or casual living room, while you have a main 120/250 for hardcore gaming elsewhere. That sounds plausible but how many families can afford that in this economy?
Simply put, they are in the business to make money. $199 USD for a 4GB model is pretty bad in my opinion. The fact there is a HDD ability is great but there is no official Hard drive released or announced by Microsoft. Yet it seems to be having great sales so far. I think Microsoft is preparing themselves to make even more money in the future by putting this console out for $199. I believe they will announce an Official Microsoft Hard-Drive internal or external. They could go two ways, the safe bet of 250 GB HDD or go for the big profit and do a 300+ or even the Terrabyte which would annihilate the competition. Does Microsoft have it up their sleeves to do so? Yes. As for why…
To Prolong The LifeSpan Of The 360
They would simply go through all this trouble just to prolong the life of the 360. Of course, why not? Why introduce another system when EVERY time they release a new system SKU it sells like hotcakes. Lets remember they just announced a SKU roughly a month ago..and already they announce another one, just to mess with consumers. RAGE looks amazing, we can all agree to this. However, the power it is getting out of the 360 looks tapped. Gears 3 looks like Gears 2 with women, Halo Reach so far looks like Halo 3.5. RAGE is the only great thing coming to their console that is eye-popping. However must we forget it is multiplatform? It will be interesting to see the comparison screens/video to that.
Think Before You Buy
So in the end, think about why you want to purchase a 4GB Xbox before you go ahead and do so. Just be prepared to purchase a HDD in the future. If you want Kinect, its cheaper to go alone than the holiday bundle. As for the additionall HDD, we shall see when and if that comes to fruition. They key of that is the price.