Anyone who owns a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One knows that 500GB doesn't go that far (once formatted) when you're talking about installing full-sized modern games. External storage helps, otherwise heavy gamers have to delete games regularly to keep expanding their libraries.
That may not be as much of an issue for the next round of new console buyers. According to separate leaks this week, both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are likely on the verge of launching models with 1TB of internal storage - along with some other changes to the included hardware.
The Xbox One leak came today via Amazon (via Polygon), which suggests that a 1TB console including the already-leaked revised controller - which has an audio port to support all types of headsets - and a copy of Halo: The Master Chief Collection will release on 15 June for US$400 (about RM1500). That happens to be the day that Microsoft's big E3 2015 media briefing takes place. Surprise, surprise.
The listing has since been deleted, but it seems fair to expect that Microsoft plans to give upcoming Xbox One buyers a little more bang for their buck. It's actually not the first Xbox One console to have double the usual space - last year's limited edition Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare-branded console did much the same, but at US$500 (about RM1880) and with a unique system paint job.
Earlier this week, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission outed new PlayStation 4 models (via Kotaku), one of which reportedly includes a 1TB hard drive of its own. A 500GB version was also submitted to the FCC, and both consoles are listed to weigh a little less than the current model, and generate less energy. It's unclear whether the console itself has been redesigned, however, or if the internal components have simply been trimmed a bit.
Given the proximity to E3 in just over a week, it's almost certain that we'll hear news on both fronts. So if you're planning on buying a new console in the coming days - maybe wait a bit.