A new Xbox Live pack is coming to the US next week on November 4th. The pack is mainly for those who don’t yet have a hard drive on their Xbox 360, but is a decent upgrade if you have the original 20GB hard drive, and are in need of more space. The $99 bundle includes a 60GB hard drive, Xbox Live headset, and 3-months of Xbox Live Gold. The upgrade comes just weeks before the new Xbox Live Experience dashboard upgrade on November 19th. The hard drive should allow much more storage if you plan to use the Netflix subscription service on your 360 and want to store all of your media which also debut’s on the 19th. There is also a $30 upgrade option for the 20GB hard drive being offered due to the New Xbox Experience requirements which will not work if you lack a hard drive.
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Imation’s Apollo Pro WX appears to be the first wireless USB hard drive. It will provide auto-backups when it is within range of your PC. The WUSB will range in capability from 250GB to 1.5TB. Note that it may turn out that users will have to put up with a slower speed with the initial drives. Check with Imation for price and other USB drives.
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Now you can play files stored on any USB drive on a stardard or HDTV with Iomega’s Screenplay TV Link. Connect via USB, then to your home theater system or television with HDMI, RCA, coaxial, or composite connection. It will also upgrade your picture from 720p to 1080p. With support for MP3, AC3, WAV, WMA, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, and JPEG formats, the Link also comes with remote, power supply, and a one year warranty at a price of $99.95.
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The Mvix (MV-2500U) HDD-based, Ultra-Portable Media Center allows you to share videos, music, movies, and endless family photos on your TV. The Mvix can also be put in cars, RVs, or boats and has a built-in setup menu for simplicity with firmware upgrades to keep it timely. Connect it to your PC and it functions like an external USB 2.0 hard drive. It is a basic drag-and-drop operation and comes with a ergonomic remote. The mini-drive can handle MPEG1/2/4, DVD (VOB, IFO), DivX, XviD, BivX or VCD (DAT) as well as support for AC3, MP2, MP3, WMA, OGG and M3U music files at a price of $149.00 without the drive. That will set you back another $99.00.
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Retrodata has been recovering damaged hard disks for years and now is releasing what they say is the first gadget that can be used by amateurs. The System P. EX (platter extraction system) utilizes laser-guided positioning to extract data from a 3.5-inch hard drive. Due to be released next month, the System P. EX is not for the casual panicked user. You had better have something really worth saving to invest £3,500 (~$6,950.00,) even with a 10 year warranty.
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With a standard laptop hard drive form factor and more than 500GB of storage capacity Samsung‘s new Springpoint drives are sure to make a splash. The 2.5-inch hard drive is a mere 9.5mm thick allowing for installation into most standard laptops and sub-notebooks. The new drive has three 166GB platters spinning at 5400RPM with 8MB of on-disk cache and a standard SATA3 interface.
With the drives expected to be available in March of 2008 be on the lookout for notebook manufacturers industry-wide to be releasing portables with the increased capacities in the late spring an early summer - perfect for work or play on the go with all your data, not just the measly 60-120GB you might be toting around at the moment.
Even in the age of high-capacity SSD‘s Samsung belives in the hard drive based microdrive. The newly announced A1 features 30GB and 40GB capacities, a 3600rpm rotation speed, 2MB buffer memory, and a greatly increased shock resistance of 650G’s (650 times the gravity of a stationary object on earth).
As for how they managed to cram 40GB of storage onto a 1” platter, well, that just boggles the minds of the editors here at Gear Live. We expect to see a bevy of new handhelds, digital audio players, and cameras with built in storage with room to grow coming in 2008.
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Computers just keep getting bigger spacewise, thank goodness, especially for those of us who have a tendency to keep everything video that they ever recorded, just in case it is the beginning of a YouTube masterpiece. Toshiba will begin production on a 320GB hard-disk drive for laptops before the end of this year. The 2.5-inch drive is one of a series of five that will be a part of their MKxx52SX family. The 320GB model has two platters, while the others will offer between 80 and 250GB of space. The drives will connect through a 3Gbps SATA interface. No pricing or exact release date has been made available.
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As we reported last week the Xbox 360 will be seeing a price drop for each of its three SKUs. The Core model will drop $20 from $299.99 to $279.99, the Premium will drop $50 from $399.99 to $349.99, and the Elite will drop $30 from $479.99 to $449.99. I stand by my statement that this price drop makes little to no sense, because the cost of a Core system plus a 512MB memory card is only $20 less than the Premium now costs.
In related news, the Halo 3 edition Xbox 360’s pricing has finally been revealed to be $399.99. Keep in mind it has a 20GB hard drive, which is what comes with the Premium SKU. The Elite has a 120GB hard drive, which can also be purchased a standalone drive for the steep price of $179.99.
Bear in mind, these price drops don’t go into effect until tomorrow, Wednesday, August 8, and only in the US.
As we unveiled on Tuesday, we finally know the price point and release date for the Xbox 360 chatpad. At Microsoft’s press conference we saw Peter Moore hold up a new Xbox 360 model – a Halo 3 special edition 360. The console itself will have a green and gold paintjob with a matching wireless controller, a 20GB hard drive, headset, Play & Charge kit, and exclusive Halo 3 gamer pics and theme. The system will be available in September.
Another hardware tidbit was that in October we’ll see several new colors of wireless controllers – pink, dark blue, and light blue – making for a total of five different controller colors. Check after the break for a look at the new controller colors.
Update: Game | Life has some details on the special Halo 3 edition Xbox 360 - specifically, the headset included will be wireless and the system itself will have an HDMI port. And to clarify, the system won’t come with a copy of Halo 3.
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