Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 6th May 2013 19:11 UTC
Games Good news by Ars' Peter Bright. "According to an internal Microsoft e-mail sent to all full-time employees working on the next Xbox, 'Durango [the codename for the next Xbox] is designed to deliver the future of entertainment while engineered to be tolerant of today's Internet.' It continues, 'There are a number of scenarios that our users expect to work without an Internet connection, and those should 'just work' regardless of their current connection status. Those include, but are not limited to: playing a Blu-ray disc, watching live TV, and yes playing a single player game.'" Conveniently 'leaked' of course.
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storage, storage and yeah storage
by REM2000 on Tue 7th May 2013 09:03 UTC
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I just hope that Microsoft doesn't nickle and dime us again on the storage front. Sometimes i just don't understand the manufacturers, the only one who makes sense is Nintendo.

For me there is one of two choices for game console manufactures. You either make money on each downloaded game from your market place or you make money from the storage, you can't do both.

I own a Vita, but don't buy many online games as the memory cards are a joke. I recently brought a Sandisk 32GB SD Extreme for my DSLR for £25 which is a fraction of the cost of a 16GB card for the vita. The loser Sony, as i don't purchase half as many games as i would.

Microsoft's the same, the Xbox360 had a crappy proprietary format for Hard disks that cost a stupid amount. I think they realized this error rather late in the game as the slims hdd's are cheaper.

People who got this right was first Nintendo, 3DS and the Wii (dunno about the Wii U), bog standard SD card, yep no problem. Me going on the Wii store buying loads of games, yep no problem.

PS3, bog standard 2.5" SATA HDD, easiest upgrade ever, i went from 60GB to 600GB, i have videos on there, games downloaded from the PSN on the plus service (which in itself is an absolute bargain and worth buying a PS3 alone for).

If Microsoft want's people to purchase content, if they want the Xbox to be the center of our living room then they need to do one of two things. Either make the HDD easily upgradable a la PS3. Or if they feel like they need a proprietary solution, make sure it's cheap, make it break even and when HDD manufacturers release a bigger drive don't take 3 years to offer it.

Games are getting bigger the internet is getting faster, more and more people will want to store content.

Edited 2013-05-07 09:04 UTC

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