Originally Posted by aaronwt
I remember changing out the drive in my fat PS3. The process was very easy but there was a very tiny screw that needed to be removed. If you didn't have the proper screwdriver it was very easy to strip the head.
I am surprised that MS didn't go with a removable drive again like they had with the 360. I woudl think they brought in a decent amount of money with the hard drive upgrades people purchased.
Keep in mind that one of the primary ways they "upgraded" the 360 over time was by offering SKUs with bigger HDDs. There wasn't much to an elite but a different color and a bigger HDD. But you could always just buy the HDD, and the system would function without it anyway. Now for someone who's HDD is full and isn't crazy about dangling an external drive off their X1....that X1 elite is going to be really tempting.
I'm not going to give them a cookie for letting you use external storage...that's just basic functionality in 2013. It's disgusting that they still arbitrarily limit the amount of space you can use on the 360. It's like they saw the writing on the wall that they couldn't get away with that any more on the X1, so they had to figure out some other way to use the HDD as an upgrade path.
Given their history of ripping people off when it comes to accessories, it's hard for me to see the non-serviceable HDD as anything but that. I had long assumed it didn't get much discussion because even their most ardent supporters recognized the scam for what it is, and just begrudgingly accepted it. I can hardly believe anyone is defending it.