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4GB Xbox 360 Can't Do Halo: Reach Online 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?

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.