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Amazon Lists 4GB Xbox 360 S Console

It's good if you like 'em small.

An increasing number of disc read errors are making me consider tossing out my eleventh Xbox 360 since the console's launch. The Xbox 360 S, the sleeker, smaller, and supposedly less-prone-to-failure console, is the natural upgrade for me. But what if I don't want to get a unit with a behemoth hard drive?

Fat chance of that question occurring to me while in a Wal-Mart. I'm both realistic and a big-time data hog. But there'll an option this fall for prospective owners without these issues: the $199 4GB Arcade SKU of the S console

A recent leak on Amazon Deutschland (spotted by Kotaku) may have nailed down one of the most important questions we have about this version of the console. In the listing, it reveals simply that the Arcade will boast 4GBs of storage.  
 

 
== TEASER ==If that space will be accommodated by flash memory or a hard drive is still unknown, and considering the surprise and early nature of this listing, it's possible that we could be looking at a fake. So, keep that in mind before you get too excited. I'll also note that the listing doesn't make mention of internal Wi-Fi or ports, including HDMI, which I've heard is the best way to connect the console to your TV.

So, yeah, carry on with your life. I probably didn't change it with this. If I did, I'm flattered, but you and I both know a 4GB S console isn't going to be your last purchase. Get the bigger hard drive version and go ahead and eliminate one of the reason you may have to re-buy down the road.
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Posted by BradNicholson

An increasing number of disc read errors are making me consider tossing out my eleventh Xbox 360 since the console's launch. The Xbox 360 S, the sleeker, smaller, and supposedly less-prone-to-failure console, is the natural upgrade for me. But what if I don't want to get a unit with a behemoth hard drive?

Fat chance of that question occurring to me while in a Wal-Mart. I'm both realistic and a big-time data hog. But there'll an option this fall for prospective owners without these issues: the $199 4GB Arcade SKU of the S console

A recent leak on Amazon Deutschland (spotted by Kotaku) may have nailed down one of the most important questions we have about this version of the console. In the listing, it reveals simply that the Arcade will boast 4GBs of storage.  
 

 
== TEASER ==If that space will be accommodated by flash memory or a hard drive is still unknown, and considering the surprise and early nature of this listing, it's possible that we could be looking at a fake. So, keep that in mind before you get too excited. I'll also note that the listing doesn't make mention of internal Wi-Fi or ports, including HDMI, which I've heard is the best way to connect the console to your TV.

So, yeah, carry on with your life. I probably didn't change it with this. If I did, I'm flattered, but you and I both know a 4GB S console isn't going to be your last purchase. Get the bigger hard drive version and go ahead and eliminate one of the reason you may have to re-buy down the road.
Edited by WinterSnowblind

Well, at least it includes some internal memory, unlike the old arcade.
For more casual gamers, I can kind of understand why this might be a good idea.

Posted by YetiAntics

4GB?!

Posted by Nephrahim

I'm not an expert sir, but there is no earthly way I can imagine it being cost effective to make hard drives with 4 gigs.  My money is on flash.

Posted by McDevy

Cool story, bro.

Edited by RE_Player1

I might pick it up as long as it still has wifi and an HDMI port. I have so many usb sticks I can just use those if I run out of space. 

Posted by TwoOneFive

$200? ill buy. 

Posted by DanielJW
@WinterSnowblind said:
" Well, at least it includes some internal memory, unlike the old arcade. For more casual gamers, I can kind of understand why this might be a good idea. "
For someone like me, who doesn't have a 360 and plays most of his games on a PS3, this is definitely appealing if I want to pick up exclusives. Plus if I decide to go mainly 360 or something I can easily upgrade the hard drive.
Edited by MrKlorox

No way. Not an option for current 360 users wanting to upgrade since you can't use your existing larger HDD on it.

Posted by CharlesAlanRatliff

This is great for someone that just wants to keep their save files and not download too much. My save files over the past four and a half years only reach 1 gigabyte.

Posted by AndyS
@WinterSnowblind: The old arcade's most recent versions have 512MB on board.  I think all of them post NXE launch did.  4GB is obviously much better, though.
Posted by skrutop
@BradNicholson: It's good if you like 'em slim, you mean?
Posted by Bluethunder35

4 GB? Come on, Microsoft! Stop nickel-and-diming people and give them 20 GB in the arcade model. 
 
Oh, I forgot. This must be for the Kinect demographic.

Posted by fedorajay

The ability to perform full installs of disc based games to the HDD is what helped me move to a 360 after my 60gig PS3 YLOD'd on me. Forza 3's second disc demands almost half of that storage of out of the box, so this wouldn't be for people like me. :\

Posted by WulfBane

A part of me would find it funny if the 4GB of this supposed arcade 360S was in the form of a 4GB USB stick.
Posted by atomic_dumpling

Well, as someone who bought a ton of stuff from Amazon Germany over the years, I can at least tell you that it looks like a legit place-holder.

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Posted by TheCreamFilling

4GB?! What the hell are you supposed to do with that?!

Posted by BraveToaster

I have a spare 250G usb hard drive, but I can't use it for this. I will by the $299 version

Posted by forgot2register

the only thing I do is save game progress on my HD, 4gig is easily enough for that, if i got a new 360 (which im not going to) I would go with the "arcade" or whatever they call it

Posted by Frootsnax

4 gigs of game saving action

Posted by Newjack

4GB will hold a lot of game saves and I think that's fine for people who aren't interested in downloading stuff, which I imagine is a lot of people.

Posted by slowbird

I still wish they would offer a 60/120gb hard drive for a reasonable price, instead of 200% markup.

Posted by TheBrainSquid
@DanielJW:   Depending on what you're planning to do when that happens it may be easily, but not cost effectively... and then you have to get a Data Migration Cable... Microsoft charges out the ass for larger capacity hard drives and attempts to make it a pain in the ass.  I actually prefer my 360 and I'm saying that so hopefully that means something to you.
Posted by PJ
@TheCreamFilling said:
" 4GB?! What the hell are you supposed to do with that?! "
This might surprise you so hold on to your shit. Not everyone has use for a "big ass" HDD. Not everyone installs games to their HDD or buys GoD or Arcade games. Why the hell do you think the former Arcade SKU whit the built in memory(i think it was 256mb or something) is the best selling one? Simple, most ppl don't need a hard drive.
Posted by ZmillA

kinda pointless article

Posted by Gav47

4GB of on board flash, I'm calling it. No free pen drive

Posted by rargy

 @PJ said:

" This might surprise you so hold on to your shit. Not everyone has use for a "big ass" HDD. Not everyone installs games to their HDD or buys GoD or Arcade games. Why the hell do you think the former Arcade SKU whit the built in memory(i think it was 256mb or something) is the best selling one? Simple, most ppl don't need a hard drive. "

That or, like me, your premium xbox red ringed and you got the cheapest replacement to attach your old hard drive to.
Posted by themartyr

Fun fact: These sorts of SKU reveals frequently come from Amazon Deutschland.

Posted by crusnchill

My 360 has had disc read errors for nine months now, I feel like it's almost second nature for me these days to simply wait for a game to read by browsing the internet whenever my 360 has only just been turned on. 
 
But the fact remains, I hate having to eject my disc and put it back in over and over until it reads. 
This new xbox model S might be just the ticket. 
 
Side Note: And if you're wondering why I didn't replace it ages ago, I didn't have as mush money coming in as I do now. 
Man I fucking love promotions!

Posted by nypis

For Kinect's audience is 4GB a lot. A lot more than they need, and as far as I remember, MS is aiming for exactly that audience.  
 
So even if it looks ridiculous, it might make sense. Just maybe. 

Posted by ucankurbaga

Thats not slim, it should be called "xbox360 shiny"
Posted by KaosAngel

....cant you just mod the hard drive?

Posted by Seram

4 gigs will last someone like 20 minutes.

Posted by geirr

Would the 360 "S" not have the option to slip a 2,5" drive into it?

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Posted by Death_Unicorn
@ucankurbaga said:
" Thats not slim, it should be called "xbox360 shiny" "
They only called it the "360 S"
 
You never know, it might be what the S is intending! DUN DUN DUN!
Posted by MJHAYLETT

If I had any electronic device that had died 10 times so that I was on my 11th - I would stop using/buying products from that company. You Americans seem to let Microsoft off with murder. Imagine if you bought a washing machine/TV/stereo/lamp/dvd player/anything that reguires electrcity and it died 10 times - you would complain your ass off and not buy them anymore. Still I am baffled at how you let Microsoft just bend you over and have its way with you.
 
If my current 360 dies then I am done, it will be my third and that is that.

Edited by RGHamburger

No way is that a 4GB hard disk. Flash memory is more likely. It is a smart move if you ask me since the casual gaming market Microsoft is gunning for with Kinect probably does not need much more than 4GB for their saves and this will help to lower the price of a 360 + Kinect SKU. Finally, if those customers decide they do want to get into the multimedia things, they can always buy a 250gb hdd at a price you could get a 1TB hdd for. 

Posted by Bollard

I know this is a bit off topic and all, but say with games that need two discs on Xbox (FF 13 comes to mind) if you rip the discs to the hard drive, do you still need to change disc? Or does it just do it all of the first one?

Posted by quinistheman
@MJHAYLETT: I love "you Americans" comments.
Posted by CL60

Everybody...this is the new Arcade console. Why are you complaining about the size?

Posted by AndrewB

"If that space will be accommodated by flash memory or a hard drive is still unknown"
 
Ummm... last time I saw a 4GB hard drive was in a Creative Zen Micro player I owned about 6 years ago. Unless you're meaning "flash memory" as "removable memory," as in a memory card.

Posted by TheGreatGuero

4GB is really nothing, though, man.

Posted by Mr402
@rargy said:
@PJ said:

" This might surprise you so hold on to your shit. Not everyone has use for a "big ass" HDD. Not everyone installs games to their HDD or buys GoD or Arcade games. Why the hell do you think the former Arcade SKU whit the built in memory(i think it was 256mb or something) is the best selling one? Simple, most ppl don't need a hard drive. "

That or, like me, your premium xbox red ringed and you got the cheapest replacement to attach your old hard drive to. "

You hit the jackpot with that answer my friend.  The arcade was designed and released for just that reason.   Because MS knows that the hardcore are going to drop dollars to keep playing.   My two arcades which replaced rrod units are a great example of that.  I switched to PS3 and now have a slim for the YLOD issue.  I swear the hardware quality of this generation of machines is horrible. 
Posted by Jrad

If this has HDMI, then it's an obvious buy for me. I'm still stuck with an old '06 360 that doesn't have an HDMI port. 4 gigs is enough to download a demo or two + hold save files which is all that's really needed.

Edited by mastrbiggy

If i were MS is would make the arcade sku have a built in 16gb flash drives and go with wireless N. I would make a Kinect bundle (assuming it's $150)  with the arcade unit for $300 ($50 off). Then I would put a 80-120gb HDD out for those who want to upgrade at a reasonable price ($60-$70).

Edited by ICryCauseImEmo

LOL 4GB not to mention it will be formatted so cut that by 25% your looking at a 3GB HD. I can go buy a TB HD for 80 bucks, I just don't understand why consoles don't throw a huge HD on us for that price. 
 
EDIT: Oh wait I know, cause they want money LOL.

Posted by Lihtster

This seems the most affordable and reasonable one for me...

Posted by Willy105

This is good if real.

Posted by gamb1t

good move on 360's part.

Edited by max3000

Well, since 16gig flash thumbdrives are getting cheaper nowadays, this seems like a viable option for me since I already own a PS3 and want to enjoy some of the x360 goodness for cheap. I can just stick a 16gb stick in and have a 20gig console.

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