Japanese Xbox Fans Getting 250GB HDD in March
Microsoft announces a 250GB hard-disc drive for Xbox 360 owners in Japan, with no plans (yet) of bringing it to the United States.Microsoft announced on Feb. 1 that it would be selling a 250GB hard-disc drive add-on for the Xbox 360 gaming console on March 11, but there's a catch: The hard drive, for now, will only be available in Japan. The device will retail for 15,540 yen, or approximately $170. According to the press release (when translated from Japanese), two other products, a Wireless Controller Game Pack and a Wireless LAN adapter N will also go on sale on March 11. The wireless control will retail for 5,775 yen (about $63) and the wireless LAN adapter is listed at (nearly $100). The game pack includes an Xbox 360 black wireless controller, and four Xbox LIVE Arcade titles: Bomberman Live; the puzzle game Lumines; Pac-Man: Championship Edition; and Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2.
The wireless LAN adapter offers WPA2 encryption support and IEEE 802.11n Draft 2.0 /a/b/g standards. The adapter is currently available to Xbox owners in North America and retails for $99.99, according to Microsoft's Website. Kei Iwasaki, a Microsoft spokesman in Tokyo, said the company has "no plans" to sell the HDD outside of Japan. "Microsoft has no current plans to put it on sale as a stand-alone unit outside of Japan," Iwasaki said.