Microsoft News: Microsoft sold 422,000 Xbox 360s in February, up 8 percent from a year earlier, researcher NPD Group Inc. said yesterday. Nintendo, which has said it experienced supply shortages, sold 397,900 units, a decline of 47 percent. Sony sold 360,100 PS3s, a 30 percent increase.
Microsoft has confirmed that it has slashed £50 off the price of the Xbox 360 120GB hard drive as it tries to clear stock ahead of the arrival of the 250GB SKU on April 16th.
“Microsoft has reduced the price of the Xbox 360 120GB Hard Drive to £79.99 while supplies last,” a rep told VG247 Just more than a week ago.
The release date for the Microsoft’s Xbox 360 USB drives is April 6. There’s two available sizes for the Microsoft USB drives, 8GB and 16GB. With a decent amount of space like this you wont be able to store a lot of movies, but music is surely an option. The 8gb option is said to cost $39.99 and the 16GB option will sell for $69.99.
Microsoft says that if this price is too high, you can buy a 3rd party USB drive and it should work on the Xbox but only up to 16GB. I’ve been able to get my 250GB hard drive to work for the Xbox 360 but it was formatted as a Fat32 partition which adds complication to getting it to function. It worked just fine which I’m sure there are many others who have had such luck as well and wont be taking Microsoft up on their new offer.
The decision is up to the consumer, some people might see the 120GB internal hard drive Microsoft sells as a better option, since they can easily be snapped in and out of the console making it a light weight portable drive, just larger sized.