512MB Memory Expansion Units for Microsoft’s Xbox360 Game Console Announced

512MB Memory Expansion Units for Microsoft’s Xbox360 Game Console Announced

Xbox 360 Core System

Release date for the 512 MB memory expansion unit will be on April 3rd, and the price is expected to be $49.99 retail. For a limited time the memory unit will come preloaded with Xbox LIVE Arcade game “Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved” from developer Bizarre Creations Ltd. The 64MB memory unit will drop in price by $10 to $29.99.

Currently the Xbox Live Arcade game size is set to 50 MB, this will change up to 150MB size. Xbox Live Arcade offers Xbox360 users to download games online. Microsoft reports that over 20 million games have been downloaded from the Xbox Live Arcade. This website offers a wide variety of games to be created by independent and established game developers and publishers. The games all come with a free trial period.

The 512 MB memory unit will allow for users to access to download exclusive content from 45,000 Xbox 360 kiosks at retail outlets worldwide.

“The new size limit offers developers increased flexibility and continued opportunities for innovative game development, while also ensuring that the millions of gamers on Xbox LIVE can continue to easily access, download and play all Xbox LIVE Arcade games on Xbox 360,” said Chris Early, product unit manager for Xbox LIVE Arcade and Microsoft Casual Games at Microsoft. “If you take a look at current games like ‘Roboblitz’ and ‘Small Arms,’ it’s clear that our developers deliver amazing game experiences within a compact size limit. Our focus is on continuing to provide developers with an environment that allows for the creation of cost-efficient games and that nurtures an artistic and creative approach to game development.”

If you haven’t already, wait until the 512MB memory unit ships on the 3rd, as you will need it soon anyways to play many of the games.

MSFT stock closed with the last trade of the day at 27.5499, with after hours at 27.632.

By Best Syndication Staff

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