Xbox 2 Insider: No Hard Drive In Console

Dov Moran, CEO of M-Systems, the company which has been contracted by Microsoft to provide flash memory storage for Xbox 2, has told an Israeli newspaper that the next-generation console will not have a hard disc drive.

This is the first time that anyone connected with the development of the system has gone on record about the issue of the hard drive, although sources at Microsoft and key developers have told us that it was unlikely that a hard drive would be included in the console.

“Microsoft has taken the hard disc out of its Xbox,” Moran told Israeli business website Globes Online. “At some point, when users want to save their e-mail messages, copy music, or anything like that, the only storage they’ll have is what we give them.”

M-Systems, which is best known for manufacturing USB flash drives that fit onto keyrings but also provides multi-gigabyte flash storage units for military use, has previously said that the memory solution it is creating for Xbox 2 will be significantly different to its current product line.

However, even though the question of the hard drive is very much in the public domain now, Microsoft was quick to dismiss Moran’s comments – with Xbox group product manager David Hufford breaking with the standard “we don’t comment on rumours and speculation” response to tell US website Gamespot that Moran was “talking way over his head.”