J. Allard, Microsoft's Xbox executive, warned game developers not to rely on the Xbox 360 hard drive as the console may not always ship with a HDD. Allard said in the September issue of the U.S. Game Informer magazine that the company will possibly launch multiple Xbox 360 models, and some future models may lack a hard drive. However, the 20GB hard disk is still part of the basic specifications and it seems likely the company will differentiate the Xbox 360 console lineup at the launch by shipping models with a significantly higher capacity than 20GB.
"It's something we're not ready to announce yet," he said. "I don't think it's a one-size-fits-all [approach] over the next five-year horizon."
Allard's comment may also refer to the possibility that Microsoft will begin shipping Xbox 360 consoles with HD-DVD drives at some point down the line, replacing the DVD drive which will be present in the original model of the system.
"We've said [to developers], 'Hey look, don't bank on the hard drive always being there,'" he revealed. "'There may be a scenario in the future where we don't want to have a hard drive, and in that case, we have to make sure that the games that you've created are accessible to the broadest possible audience.'"