60Gb 360 rumoured, Pachter spits in its puny face

By Patrick Garratt, Saturday, 8 March 2008 10:38 GMT

In a story that started here, Microsoft is being rumoured as looking at releasing a 60Gb Xbox 360 SKU and dropping the 20Gb package this summer in the US.

“Dates are not nailed down, but my source says Microsoft wants it done and dusted before the end of its financial year which translates as our Q2,” said the report.

Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter waded in immediately, saying 60Gb was rubbish.

“I think the console [manufacturers] all misjudged the quantity of downloadable content and the opportunity to actually download meaningful content, and so what sounded like a good idea in 2003 or 2004 in the design stage with the 20GB hard drive on the 360 was just not sufficient. Frankly, the surprise to me is that the new SKU is [purportedly] 60GB. I mean, I would think they’d introduce a 200GB or 500GB and eliminate the 20GB and make the 120GB the standard cheapie one. I think that more is better, although I don’t think most people will fill up their hard drive; but I think that as you feel you’re getting close you start to be less likely to download content.”

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