Originally Posted by spid
It is not like you need that much space for gaming. Most people do not buy a ton of games so they do not need a huge hard drive just for games. They could always allow you to dedicate a certain number space for games and a certain number for tv.
Tons of people already optionally install their games. And even just with the DVD format, those fill up space surprisingly quick. And with Blu-Ray, I suspect mandatory installations will become common.
And while you may not partake much in it, the growth of digital game downloading has exploded this generation. Plenty of Xbox 360 gamers find things like 250 gig hard drive sizes fairly restrictive these days. And that's all without taking into account sometimes huge patches, map packs, and so on.
And then you have people ripping audio CD's to their 360 (Probably not too common these days with streaming and USB drives), downloading videos, and many other functions.
For this upcoming console, 500 gigs should be bare minimum even though I imagine something like 250 or 300 gigs will more likely be the lower cost option. At the very least I can't imagine a non hard drive option this time around or anything less than 120 gigs or so of mandatory storage space.