It emerged last week that Microsoft's NXE upgrade would require 128MB of free space and might therefore be out of reach to some Arcade owners. Microsoft promised that some kind of 'storage solution' was in the works and has just released details of an upgrade program to ensure under-specced consoles can receive the dashboard replacement. www.xboxstorageupgrade.com recommends either clearing some space by removing saved content or entering your Serial Number and Console Id to see if you are eligible for either a free 512 MB memory card or a 20 GB hard-drive for $19.99. UPDATE: We are checking the validity of this. The link seems genuine, but nothing has shown up through the usual MS sources and there have been rumors that this is a phishing scam. Microsoft has been contacted for comment. UPDATE 2, Electric Boogaloo: Microsoft have confirmed that the site is genuine. Enjoy the New Xbox Experience and Xbox LIVE![Xbox Storage Upgrade via Xbox.com - thanks to Magnum1024k for the tip]
Okay... this is kind of funny...
I just got a message from MS on my Xbox saying that it looks like I don't have enough memory for the NXE and to go to that site. Even though I have a 20 GB HDD. So, just now, I went to the site and entered my info, because I wouldn't have turned down a free 512 MB memory unit. After I entered my info, I got this message:
According to our records you own a console which has enough memory to connect to Xbox LIVE and live the new Xbox Experience. The next time you turn on your Xbox 360 console and connect to Xbox LIVE you will receive the update. Have fun!
If you feel you are receiving this message in error and own an Xbox 360 or Xbox 360 Arcade console please validate your serial number and reenter it here. Xbox 360 Pro and Elite consoles come with enough memory and are not eligible for this upgrade.