updated 10:30 am EDT, Sun July 13, 2008
Xbox 360 Pro 60GB
Microsoft today preceded E3 by announcing its anticipated 60GB Xbox 360 Pro, tripling the storage of the game console. The extra space is said to be necessary for the extra amount of content owners have been likely to store since the system's launch, which includes not just larger game demos and Xbox Live Arcade games but also the ability to hold more TV shows and to rent HD movies without having to clear space. The Pro is otherwise unchanged and includes a wireless gamepad and a wired headset along with the HDMI video output that was added to the normal video port last year.
The 60GB edition ships to North America in early August and will sell for the same $349 as the 20GB model.
Microsoft has also confirmed that the update will phase out the 20GB system through a price cut; the older Xbox is discounted to $299 effective today and will stay on the market as long as stock exists. The driveless Xbox 360 Arcade and 120GB Xbox 360 Elite will continue to sell at their respective $279 and $449 prices.
No announcements have been made about leaked plans for a stand-alone 60GB drive, which is believed to be selling later in the year in an Xbox Live bundle for $99, as well as the discontinuation of the add-on 20GB drive.