250 GB Xbox 360 Hard Drive Sold As An Accessory In Japan

By Spencer . February 1, 2010 . 12:15am

imageMicrosoft is finally selling the 250 GB hard disk upgrade as a standalone item. The super-sized hard drive is currently available here, but only if you purchase a Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 console.


Starting on March 11, the 250 GB hard drive will be sold by itself for 15,540 yen ($173). Since the announcement is from a Japanese press release there weren’t any details about a North American date. Xbox 360 hard drives are region free, aren’t they?

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  • Aoshi00

    I desperately need a 250Gb for my 360, I always have to delete old games in order to make room to install new ones.. it is “kind of” region free, but if you want to do the data transfer, then the DVD disc that comes w/ it is region locked. I hope they would let us do the transfer from 120 to 250Gb, I haven’t heard that feature confirmed when they announced the MW2 bundle.

    • malek86

      Sometimes I feel like I’m the only one who’s still using the 20Gb HDD.

      • Hraesvelgr

        I still use the 20GB, as well. Don’t really install any games unless they desperately need it (I’m looking at you Last Remnant) and I don’t have any major issues with it. I’d love to have one of the larger ones, but they’re just too expensive.

        • daizyujin

          I am also still using the 20 gig drive that came with my original system. I actually thought about the upgrade but then decided I would rather slap $100 down for a 640 gig drive for my PS3.

      • Aoshi00

        I don’t understand how people do it w/ a 20Gb, which is only 12Gb usable, especially after they added the HDD install feature. I like my 360 running cool and quiet so I do HDD install for all the games I’m playing, even though jasper should be pretty reliable, not to mention cutting off significant load times. Also I d/l lots of videos and demos all the time. I just like the peace of mind w/o worrying or going thru the trouble of juggling space btwn things.

        At frist my 360 20gb ran out and I got the 120, then my 60Gb PS3 ran out and I went up to 320gb. I upgraded my slim to 500 as well since 2.5″ notebook HDDs are pretty cheap. What sucks is the 360 proprietary hard drives cost a lot, but for me it’s necessary.

        My Jpn 360 is using the old 20Gb right now, and it’s practically full arldy w/ one RPG and several shmups. I thought of getting the MW2 bundle but wasn’t sure if the 120->250gb data transfer would work. I hope they would sell it as a standalone here and at this price I guess it’s not too bad.

        • malek86

          I’m not too bothered by the drive noise. As long as it’s costant, it’s ok – unlike the UMD drive which goes on and off and grates at my nerves.I also don’t have that many games for the 360 anyway. And I usually delete demos as soon as I’ve played them. Right now, I have 8 gigs free.

          Fun fact: I originally wanted to buy a 20 gigs PS3, because they were cheaper, and i knew I wasn’t going to need the space anyway. They didn’t sell them here in Europe though. Perhaps it’s a good thing, since I ended up using the wireless often.

          • Aoshi00

            yea, wi-fi was definitely important, I wonder how many people bought the wi-fi-less 20gb PS3 at launch. There were quite a few games w/ mandatory installs a while back, like 4-5Gb each.

            I usually don’t notice UMD spinning noise since I use the earbuds, but I tried playing KH BBS by hooking up to the TV, the “on and off” hissing noise is annoying like you said. I couldn’t stand the 360 being as loud as a vacuum cleaner either, so thank god they introduced the HDD install. I also like it cool even after playing for over 10 hours, it’s like I just turn it on (before I was afraid of overheating w/ the older model and freezing, it happened to Eternal Sonata and Lost Odyssye). The most practical thing is load times though, SFIV matches took a long time to load if you don’t install on PS3, and X-Men origins Wolverine loads a lot longer on 360 w/o the install.

            I guess one could still make do w/ minimal space, but I think 60Gb is still minimum, especially over the years both 360 and PS3 have so more downloadable games on XBLA/PSN + DLCs for existing games.

  • ECM

    Wow…$173 for a 250gb drive…looks like someone at MS needs to put their kids through med school.

  • kupomogli

    A 120GB 360 hard drive is 149.99 new at Gamestop in the US. I see this going for no less than 199.99. I like how Microsoft decides that a larger hard drive has to be priced at/around the cost of a system when the space actually costs much much less to purchase normally.

  • idofgrahf

    love how M$ try to screw you over with prices. I can get a 2.5 500gb hard drive for less than a hundred at Microcenter but M$ will sell their 250 gb garbage for twice as much. At least on the PS3 you can simply buy a retail hdd and stick it in without paying absurd prices.

    • Hraesvelgr

      You had to make it one of those comments, didn’t you. But yeah, they are too expensive.

  • daizyujin

    Just to answer the question here about the region lock on hard drives, the drive will work on any system, however the disc that comes with it to transfer your data to the new drive is region locked. Don’t ask, I have no idea why.

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