NXE will be 128MB, MS will offer ‘storage solutions’
With the New Xbox Experience coming on the 19th of November and being a mandatory download, many gamers with limited storage space were interested to know how many megabytes of free space they would require.
Xbox LIVE’s Major Nelson gave Xbox 360 Fanboy the following statement to clarify the situation:
“The new Xbox experience will require 128MB of free space. A hard drive is recommended for the optimal experience, to take advantage of some new features, and to be able to enjoy the great movies, TV shows and games available on Xbox LIVE. While we expect the majority of consumers to download the New Xbox Experience without a problem, a small percentage of Xbox 360 owners do not have enough memory to accommodate the update. To help ensure all Xbox LIVE members are able to download the New Xbox Experience and enjoy its new features, Microsoft will be offering storage solutions to the Xbox LIVE community. We are not sharing details of this offering yet. Be sure to check xbox.com for more details in the coming weeks.”
Even though the Arcade console now comes with a 256MB Memory Unit, those with a few saved games and DLC, and those with the original Core console and a puny 64MB Memory Unit would clearly have difficulty downloading the update. So, it appears that Microsoft will be giving some kind of free solution to those in need. Whether this will take the form of free Memory Units for Core/Arcade gamers, or some kind of option to store saved games over Xbox LIVE is yet to be determined.
But lets face it, if you have an Xbox 360 without a Hard Drive, how likely is it that you’ll be connecting to Xbox Live anyway?