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Give your Xbox 360 Slim a bigger hard drive, get a free game

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Posted on October 11, 2011 AT 01:26pm

THE BUZZ: Microsoft spokesman Larry Hryb—often known better by his nickname Major Nelson—today announced that the company will soon have a new, bigger upgradable hard drive option for owners of the Xbox 360 Slim.

Later this month, Microsoft will release a 320GB Media Hard Drive, coming in at a suggested retail price of $129.99. The drive—compatible only with Slim models of the Xbox 360—will also include an extra bonus: A code for a downloadable copy of LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars.

While the new 320GB drive will be available worldwide, customers in Japan, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, and the UAE will not receive the free game voucher with their purchase.

EGM’s TAKE: This is, unfortunately, one of the disappointing points of the Xbox 360 for me: The proprietary accessories that end up being terribly overpriced. For me to upgrade an Xbox 360 Slim to 320GB, it’d cost $130. Over on the PlayStation 3—which can take any standard laptop-size hard drive—I could do it for $45~$65 (depending on which brand and drive speed I want).

I can’t blame Microsoft for wanting a cut of the action, but the amount of mark-up they attach to Xbox 360 accessories like this—which really is little more than a standard drive in a special case—is, in my opinion, rather ridiculous.

Eric L. Patterson, Executive Editor
Eric L. Patterson got his start via self-publishing game-related fanzines in junior high, and now has one goal in life: making sure EGM has as much coverage of niche Japanese games as he can convince them to fit in. Eric’s also active in the gaming community on a personal level, being an outspoken voice on topics such as equality in gaming and consumer rights. Stalk him on Twitter: @pikoeri. Meet the rest of the crew.

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