Published on March 5th, 2007 | by Deejay Knight, Editor/Founder
Size increase for XBLA titles, 360 Memory Card
Some of the rumors are true!
For months, there’s been speculation that Microsoft would release a larger memory card unit for the Xbox 360 and increase size limits of Xbox Live Arcade titles, and Microsoft announced the reality behind those rumors at GDC.
The 512MB Memory Unit, available worldwide beginning April 3, 2007, will retail for an estimated retail price of $49.99 U.S. in North America. The 512MB Memory Unit will be pre-loaded with the hit Xbox LIVE Arcade game â€œGeometry Wars: Retro Evolvedâ€ from developer Bizarre Creations Ltd. for a limited time. The original 64MB Memory Unit will simultaneously drop in price from $39.99 to $29.99 ERP.
Eight times larger than the 64MB Memory Unit, the 512MB Memory Unit will provide Xbox 360 owners with vastly expanded storage capabilities for gaming on the go, allowing gamers to easily store and transport their gamer profile and save game data, Xbox LIVE Arcade games and Xbox LIVE Marketplace content. The 512MB Memory Unit also gives Xbox 360 owners the ability to download exclusive content from any of the 45,000 Xbox 360 kiosks accessible at retail outlets worldwide.
Beginning today, the Xbox LIVE Arcade game size limit has increased from 50 MB to 150 MB, giving developers greater flexibility in game design and expanding the opportunity to add advanced game features while still keeping games compact.
On top of that, for a limited time each of the upgraded memory cards will come packed with Geometry Wars.
Now that we’ve got closure for these rumors, what’s with the Zephyr rumors? Might we see more announcements about a possibly upgraded 360 somewhere down the line?
I wouldn’t hold my breath anytime soon. The better option would be to announce this new model of 360 (if it’s even real) toward the end of the summer. That way, they get to capitalize off the holiday rush.
Then again, that’s just me. Want more news about it? Hit the press release below.