How would PS3 owners feel if Sony decided the Playstation 3 wasn’t profitable – and pulled the plug on it’s production? Not great, but that’s exactly Microsoft’s strategy with the original xbox, according to Peter Moore. Blaming the inclusion of a HDD for xbox’s failure, Moore explains it was a purely financial decision to kill support for the xbox…
The hard drive in every Xbox killed us; we we’re still selling it at $199 and the hard drive was like $70. That’s why we prematurely left the original Xbox, because the more we were selling – there was still great demand – it was killing us, and there was no way to bring the price down.
Granted, back when the Xbox was released the price of HDD space was far higher compared to what we have today. Having said that, the absense of a HDD in all 360’s still baffles me – Microsoft as much as anyone should know that in the years between last generation and this, the price of space has dropped and the content people want is of a greater size and quality.
Well it looks like Microsoft are happy with the 360’s financial performance, so don’t worry about not getting your hands on a replacement system, if ever you need one.