No HD for the Xbox2? No problem

I've read recently how the Xbox 2 is probably not going to have a hard drive. The reaction has been pretty negative. I think people need to think a little more creatively.

I suspect that Microsoft is going to use some kind of solid state RAM to replace the hard drive. The storage space on these cards is quickly approaching the current Xbox's 8 gig HD size and the price keeps coming down. I'll bet that 16 or 32 gigs of flash storage will be cheaper than the current 8gig HD.

Why would Microsoft go down this road, besides betting that it'll be cheaper? I think they'll also be able to eliminate a lot of the noise that the Xbox produces. The noise of the box comes from the hard drive and the fan used to cool it (and the processor, which will be a PowerPC, which tend to use less power and thus run cooler).

Microsoft also has experience using flash storage as a system's main storage. Where you say? Windows CE/Mobile. (PocketPCs, SmartPhones). Also, how about speed differences? Ever see a PocketPC boot up compared to a PC or Xbox loading from a hard drive? Much, much faster.

Eliminating the hard drive also makes the box smaller, which I think is another goal of MS with Xbox2.

What do you think? Am I restating the obvious?

Print | posted @ Thursday, April 8, 2004 8:02 PM

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Gravatar # re: No HD for the Xbox2? No problem
by Jason Olson at 4/8/2004 10:06 PM

I personally don't care what kind of long-term storing solution it has as long as the XBox2 is backwards compatable with XBox1 games. If it's not, I can very well see them killing a lot of their market share.
Gravatar # re: No HD for the Xbox2? No problem
by Vazz at 4/9/2004 1:43 AM

Microsoft may have a slightly different plan. Have a look here: http://www.engadget.com/entry/1769878333365299/
Gravatar # re: No HD for the Xbox2? No problem
by Kelly Jones at 4/9/2004 5:16 AM

I think the Xbox2 will be backwards compatible with 1, even though the hardware is going to be radically different. How? They could use their VirtualPC software to emulate the older hardware. They are already doing this on the PowerPC, with VirtualPC for the Mac. They are working on a new version that will run on the G5.
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