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Hardware analysis suggests the Xbox 360 HDD is overpriced
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Tue May 06, 2008 5:58 pm Reply and quote this post
This just in: the Xbox 360 proprietary hard drives may be overpriced. Shocking, isn't it? MTV's Multiplayer blog and iSuppliteamed up to look into the 120GB Xbox 360 hard drive to determine whythe units cost so much and their findings suggest that Microsoft ismaking a killing.
iSuppli, known for digging into consumer electronics to suss out the true cost and overhead,claims that Microsoft is making quite the profit on each unit sold. Thecompany's analysis suggests that the core hard drive units are comingfrom either Toshiba or Seagate. Starter software is loaded on likegames and videos as well as "specific Gaming Instructions and somelevels of the OS." The drives are then fashioned to fit the Xbox 360 byValue Added Resellers with the special casing and the packaging itself.
The units are estimated to arrive at Microsoft carrying a cost of$80-$100 per unit, and the MSRP is $179.99. Even with the cut taken bythe retailers, that's a hefty amount of profit for a single hard driveunit—especially when compared with Microsoft's main competitor, Sony'sPlayStation 3, which allows users to slap in any old SATA hard drive.

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Wed May 07, 2008 8:34 am Reply and quote this post
First MS takes away the ability to use your own HDD and now they make it expensive.  Right when I thought I could dislike them enough, I found one more reason to.
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