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Posted by Chris Scott Barr on Oct 13, 2008

New Xbox Experience To Require 128MB Of Space

Here’s a nice kick in the nuts from Microsoft. You know that New Xbox Experience that they’ve been hyping since E3? As it turns out, your 360 might not even be able to install it. The NXE requires 128MB of storage space. Sure, newer Arcade units come with 256MB, which is enough for the update, but it’ll eat up half of your storage space. What does Microsoft recommend? They suggest that you fork over the cash for a hard drive if you want to have the “optimal experience”. Why again didn’t they make hard drives standard? Oh that’s right, to make the console appear cheap to get the initial sales, then make even more cash when you go to buy a drive. Check out the official word from Major Nelson after the jump.

“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.”

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