Most of the Xbox 360 sold is either a Core or Arcade unit. Although these Xbox 360 models plays games just as good as the other models, the Core and Arcade are missing some nifty additional features. This is because both lack a hard drive. Fortunately, these models are upgradeable. Here are five reasons why you should upgrade the Xbox 360 Core or Xbox 360 Arcade with a hard drive.
Xbox Live Arcade
Although almost all Xbox Live Arcade games fit into a memory card or internal flash memory, you will quickly run out of space. Not to mention that some games, such as Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix, are beginning to exceed the space limit. You wouldn’t have to worry about space management when you upgrade your Xbox 360 Core or Xbox 360 Arcade with a hard drive since the smallest one available is 20 GB.
By installing a hard drive onto your Xbox 360 Core or Xbox 360 Arcade, you can also rip music from your CD. Doing so will enable the ability to use custom soundtracks when playing an Xbox 360 game. This feature allows you to replace the music you normally hear in the game with your own custom track list. Although it may not be necessary, it does enhance the experience for certain gamers.
Xbox Backward Compatibility
If you are an Xbox 360 Core or Xbox 360 Arcade without a hard drive than you won’t be able to play Xbox games. The reason for this is that Xbox games are emulated via software, which needs plenty of space. Thus, you will be missing out on hundreds of Xbox titles from the past. In addition, you can download and play Xbox Originals from the Xbox Live Marketplace if your Xbox 360 has a hard drive.
You will also miss out on the Video Store service on the Xbox Live Marketplace if you leave your Xbox 360 Core or Xbox 360 Arcade as is. The on-demand video service includes television shows from NBC and MTV in addition to movies from Paramount and Warner Bros. So if you don’t have a hard drive, you won’t be able to download any videos.
Installing Xbox 360 Games
Perhaps the best reason to get a hard drive for your Xbox 360 Core or Xbox 360 Arcade is that you can install games onto it. Installed games usually loads faster and results in better performance. In addition, the Xbox 360 is a lot quieter when you played games from the hard drive. Finally, you will be able to save the Xbox 360’s len from wear and tear. The ability to install games to the hard drive is enough of a reason to upgrade your Xbox 360 Core or Xbox 360 Arcade with a hard drive.