DVD not Enough for 360


Much has been made of the lack of any next-gen optical disc storage in the Xbox 360. Many think it should have included an HD-DVD drive. But that would have required delaying the Xbox 360, and I don’t think Microsoft is much for that. So the Xbox 360 is shipping this fall with a DVD drive, just like the original Xbox did. And Microsoft keeps telling us that this is enough. No need for anything better.

From Software producer Masanori Takeuchi thinks differently. He’s working on Enchant Arm, an Xbox 360 role-playing game. Mr. Takeuchi thinks that developers will run into storage space problems on the Xbox 360.

“The volume of data in Enchant Arms won’t fit into a single DVD. It’s an RPG, so we’re thinking it would be inevitable that we release it on two discs,” says Takeuchi. “But to be honest, that’s even looking grim.”

But really, what can Microsoft do? They’re convinced that the first mover advantage will give them the edge in the coming battle, and so they have to ship the Xbox 360 sans blue lasers.

Does shipping a game on multiple DVDs really make a difference? Are you willing to pay a couple extra bucks for the additional discs?

GamespotJapanese developers weigh in on Xbox 360


Written by: Blackstaffer - News Contributor


  1. #1 by Hiro on August 31st, 2005

    I dont understand why using multiple disks would be a problem, its been used in the past, and i thought that would be a way to go against Sony’s blu-ray, if they needed to use two disks i dont understand why it would be a problem.

    And i would pay extra money for this title specifically, i cant wait for it.

  2. #2 by Tom on September 3rd, 2005

    When they had multiple discs for games like Final Fantasy on the PSone, did that actually make the games cost more? Granted, they were CD’s back then and not DVD’s.

    Personally I’d rather Microsoft waited a few more months to use something such as blu-ray. It’s not the fear that the cost of these games might go up slightly because of more discs, it’s the fact that some developers may drop a lot of content and make the game much shorter just to fit it all on one DVD. When the PS3 comes out, I’m thinking that the choice of format is going to effect the 360’s progress greatly.


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