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4GB Xbox 360 Can't Do Halo: Reach Online Co-Op

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Microsoft is currently working on a fix for a problem that is stopping owners of the 4GB Xbox 360 from playing Halo: Reach co-op.

Yesterday 4GB Xbox 360 users began reporting that they couldn't play Halo: Reach co-op because they didn't have a hard drive. Users trying to start a co-op game were faced with the following error message:

One or more players do not have the hard drive required for this game type.

One Kotaku reader experiencing the problem attempted to rectify things by adding his 16GB flash drives. Alas, he was faced with the same error message.

Microsoft has since updated the support section on xbox.com to include the issue. The support section now states:

Q1: The error "One or more players do not have an Xbox 360 Hard Drive. An Xbox 360 Hard Drive is required to play co-op on Xbox LIVE or system link" occurs when I try to play. Why?

A1: One or more players do not have a certified Xbox 360 hard drive attached to their Xbox 360 console. Some multiplayer aspects of Halo: Reach require an Xbox 360 certified hard drive.

A hard drive is not listed in the requirements for Halo: Reach, so there's likely a lot of miffed 4GB Xbox 360 owners who bought the game hoping to play online co-op and now can't without dropping big bucks on a certified Xbox 360 hard drive.

A Microsoft spokesperson told Eurogamer that the issue is a temporary one but offered no inclination as to how long it would be before it's fixed.

"We are aware of the issue and are quickly working to resolve it," the spokesperson said.

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    restatement3dofted , September 16, 2010 10:42 PM
    bigaluksysWhat is Halo without multiplayer?!


    Single player?
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    cronik93 , September 16, 2010 11:19 PM
    This is why I have a universal PC.
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    cohetedor , September 16, 2010 10:44 PM
    This would also apply to all the older arcade models wouldn't it?

    You gotta wonder, since Bungie put this specific error message in the game, they obviously knew about it before launch, did they purposely neglect to inform anyone for fear of lower review scores/preorders?

    What's really funny is that in Europe the hard drive for the new slim can't even be purchased separately, but there were bundles that included the game with the 4GB console.
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    Anonymous , September 16, 2010 10:29 PM
    If a hard drive is required, then I suppose there should be something like "An HD is required in order to play online co-op mode" written on the box

    What is Halo without multiplayer?!
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    restatement3dofted , September 16, 2010 10:42 PM
    bigaluksysWhat is Halo without multiplayer?!


    Single player?
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    cohetedor , September 16, 2010 10:44 PM
    This would also apply to all the older arcade models wouldn't it?

    You gotta wonder, since Bungie put this specific error message in the game, they obviously knew about it before launch, did they purposely neglect to inform anyone for fear of lower review scores/preorders?

    What's really funny is that in Europe the hard drive for the new slim can't even be purchased separately, but there were bundles that included the game with the 4GB console.
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    silverf1re , September 16, 2010 10:56 PM
    Not sure how this slips by...You have maybe 15 total different Xbox's to test (all possible hardware configurations) and this was not picked up in beta testing??? Wow Microsoft good job.
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    putgow , September 16, 2010 11:02 PM
    Certified hard drive? This screams cash cow. Then again, what about the 360 doesn't?
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    SteelCity1981 , September 16, 2010 11:07 PM
    i'm really surprised that Microsoft just didn't include a 20gb hard drive for their base model slim. Then again, it's Microsoft we are talking about.
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    miloo , September 16, 2010 11:13 PM
    micro$olf still selling 250Gs for a 100 bucks .. god damn it~
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    cronik93 , September 16, 2010 11:19 PM
    This is why I have a universal PC.
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    spectrewind , September 16, 2010 11:29 PM
    silverf1reNot sure how this slips by...You have maybe 15 total different Xbox's to test (all possible hardware configurations) and this was not picked up in beta testing??? Wow Microsoft good job.


    Having seen how things that are "WHQL" certified can fall apart, this does not come as a surprise.
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    LePhuronn , September 16, 2010 11:33 PM
    bigaluksysWhat is Halo without multiplayer?!


    Even less reason to bother with the overhype and ultra-milked monotony?
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    mikem_90 , September 16, 2010 11:50 PM
    steelcity1981i'm really surprised that Microsoft just didn't include a 20gb hard drive for their base model slim. Then again, it's Microsoft we are talking about.


    It costs a basic amount to make a brand new hard drive in the first place, since MS wants to have a proper supply chain, they need a drive that is new, being still made, and that they can still get for a good while.

    20gb drives haven't been made in ages. You might see ads for them online for cheap, but they'd have to buy new ones. The smallest might be around 80-160gb so you might average a cost ~$40 more. They used to be selling the consoles at a loss, $40 more is a bit harder to justify.
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    HavoCnMe , September 17, 2010 12:08 AM
    That'll Teach ya!
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    SteelCity1981 , September 17, 2010 12:38 AM
    Quote:
    It costs a basic amount to make a brand new hard drive in the first place, since MS wants to have a proper supply chain, they need a drive that is new, being still made, and that they can still get for a good while.

    20gb drives haven't been made in ages. You might see ads for them online for cheap, but they'd have to buy new ones. The smallest might be around 80-160gb so you might average a cost ~$40 more. They used to be selling the consoles at a loss, $40 more is a bit harder to justify.


    Well what do you think it's costing Microsoft to put in 4GB internal storage untis on their basic slim model then. Clearly 4gb is not enough. Even if 20gb hard drives aren't being mass produced to the public anymore Microsoft has corp ties to hard drive vendors that could produce 20gb hard drives pacifically for them like they have been doing with the other vendors with the Xbox hardware for many years now. 20gb would be good enough for not only basic storage but at the same time wouldn't cost anymore then putting in a 4gb internal storage unit like they are doing now.
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    Antimatter79 , September 17, 2010 1:01 AM
    What an unbelievable oversight. They couldn't be bothered to at least test the game with even one 4GB model? Who the heck is running their Quality Control department? And why even bother making a 4GB model in 2010? 2000-anything for that matter. Even remote storage online through MS provided servers could be an option, for people who originally didn't want/think they needed more than 4GB.
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    tayb , September 17, 2010 1:43 AM
    mikem_90It costs a basic amount to make a brand new hard drive in the first place, since MS wants to have a proper supply chain, they need a drive that is new, being still made, and that they can still get for a good while.20gb drives haven't been made in ages. You might see ads for them online for cheap, but they'd have to buy new ones. The smallest might be around 80-160gb so you might average a cost ~$40 more. They used to be selling the consoles at a loss, $40 more is a bit harder to justify.


    So when Microsoft calls Seagate and says "We would like to place an order for 40 million 20GB HDD's" do you think Seagate told them "Sorry, we don't make that capacity anymore." Just because HDD manufacturers aren't selling at capacities that low doesn't mean they can't make them at capacities that low. I bet MS gets them for outrageously cheap.
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    metrazol , September 17, 2010 2:12 AM
    "but offered no inclination as to how long it would be before it's fixed."

    No. The word you're looking for is "inkling." Inclination means something else completely.
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    Simple11 , September 17, 2010 2:29 AM
    Wait I am lost, what is the 4GB crap? 4 GB of HDD space??
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    False_Dmitry_II , September 17, 2010 3:39 AM
    simple11Wait I am lost, what is the 4GB crap? 4 GB of HDD space??


    There is a version of the slim console that has 4 gigs of internal flash memory.
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    SteelCity1981 , September 17, 2010 3:40 AM
    Quote:
    Yeah the Slim basic model comes with 4gb of internal storage
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    kingnoobe , September 17, 2010 3:48 AM
    Same thing with halo 3.. Which I just found out a few days ago. Luckly I found 120gb on Amazon for 45$ (have to search through them, but you can find them) for the old xbox hdd. All you got to do is remove the hard drive from the case and put it in the newer xbox's.
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