QUOTE(xlx Methos xlx @ Mar 4 2008, 06:15 AM)
I believe you are correct, but i also think that one game actually required a HDD, but i'm not sure how they got around that.
Now, I don't fully understand why 360's didn't require the HDD, but at the same time I am glad the 360's HDD is upgradeable (at a price that makes me scream, but that's besides the point.) I do believe that it's all about choice too, even though most everyone chooses to have an HDD. Now, as a media center user using the 360 as an extender, i did buy a core without a HDD, and use a mem card to put my profile on so i know who is online and what not, and to cache the media center app, but i don't do any gaming on it. I would have bought the HDD version if i didn't have a choice, but i felt that this 360 wasn't going to be a gaming system, so why not buy the cheaper one.
That would probably be Final Fantasy XI, and for the only reason being that it was a port of a game that required a hard drive.
As for MS deciding not to make the hdd necessary this time around, my guess is they were worried about it playing an integral role in a hack, much like the softmodded xbox1. Of course, that theory itself lacks logic, so maybe I'm giving them too little credit. Perhaps they noticed the success of all the systems that did *better* than the Xbox 1 that had hdds inside, and took a cue from that.