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Posted by Raine Hutchens on Sep 16, 2010

So Your Xbox Won’t Let You Play Halo: Reach Multiplayer?

So the new Xbox 360 Slim looks like a great deal, what with its $199.99 price tag for the 4GB and everything, but Halo: Reach owners won’t find the deal so appealing when they find out they can’t play multiplayer online for one of the hottest titles of 2010.

Apparently, as brought to us from the Xbox community, a member picked up his copy of Halo: Reach, and decided to go through the campaign online with friends, just to find out that his system was incapable of doing so.

Captain Fuzzy of the Kotaku website told us, “When I tried to join [my friends], we got a message saying ‘One or more players do not have a hard drive which is required for this playlist.” So it looks like the 4GB Xbox 360 Slim will not allow online co-op because it’s storage is considered a Memory unit and not a hard drive. “Adding my 16 GB flash drive didn’t help either”, says Captain Fuzzy, “I can play online versus games, but any co-op online or firefight modes are locked out to me.”

Xbox support has updated with information on this problem, giving us an explanation to the issue:

One or more players do not have a certified Xbox 360 hard drive attached to their Xbox 360 console. Some multiplayer aspects of Halo: Reach require an Xbox 360 certified hard drive.

My copy of Halo: Reach does say on the back that “features and requirements may change without notice”, which covers Microsoft’s rear in this situation.

It looks like in order for these console owners, the only option is to purchase an Xbox 360 Slim Hard Disk which retails at $129.99 at Gamestop, bringing the total cost of the console to #329.98. That is just about $30 more than the 250 GB Xbox Elite system. So much for a deal, right?

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