You would think that, having had Rock Band 3 since its release on Tuesday, that I have been spending massive amounts of time playing and perfecting things like Pro Keys, Expert drums on the new songs, or amassing fans to follow my incredibly awesome band, Buddy and the Lunchpails. You would think this, because this is what I thought I would be doing with my time in the first week as well.
As it turns out, most of my time has actually been spent trying to manage the space on my Xbox’s hard drive to accommodate all of the awesomeness that Rock Band 3 can handle at once. Never mind that the game comes with 80+ songs, it can also play just about every song from other releases as well as the DLC and RBN releases. And the in-game sorting options actually make all of these songs fairly accessible (as much as a list of music can be without using a pointer device).
So if there’s so much awesome, what’s the problem? How can you have too much of a good thing?
Well, currently I have over 200 songs for DLC, Green Day, Lego Rock Band, Rock Band 1, Rock Band 2, and the Country Track packs all exported onto my hard drive. Well, that’s not entirely true, I have Green Day waiting to be exported. Why? Because I still have the stock 20GB hard drive on my Xbox. And as I’m now finding out, it can’t quite handle all of this awesome and still be expected to host ANY other data from other games. I have spent the better part of 3 days moving saved games, deleting arcade titles, removing add-on packs, and skimming through rock band saves for redundant downloads (single tracks that I later got as multipacks). All of this so that I can handle a quarter of what’s available in Rock Band in total.
So now I’ve confiscated my wife’s 4GB jump drive (since the 16GB I bought apparently doesn’t have a fast enough transfer speed for Xbox), and now have nothing but Rock Band on my hard drive. The problem? It’s still not enough space to export Green Day to the hard drive. I officially maxxed out my 20GB in nothing but Rock Band, and now am forced to either stop adding to my collection (and never save a game from another game on my hard drive), or update the hard drive. I suppose it was inevitable, and there is a massive amount of content I have for Rock Band 3 as a result, but it’s just a little disheartening that I couldn’t get a full life cycle out of the stock equipment that came with my device. I don’t even have TV shows or music on the hard drive, it’s just save files and a few arcade titles (early gen arcade titles that are under 40 MB).
I guess it’s time to find good prices on hard drives.
What do you think? Do you have any issues with the space on your console hard drive? Have you had to make choices as to what to keep, and what to delete? Are you afraid if you delete content, you won’t be able to find it again to redownload something you’ve paid for? Was this poor planning on Microsoft’s part, or an eventuality that console gamers must embrace?