Western Digital laat in een press release weten dat ze een contract met Microsoft hebben gesloten om de harde schijven van de Xbox te gaan leveren. Momenteel (Xbox specs veranderen nog wel eens) is de WD Protégé, een low-end 5400rpm schijf met 20GB platter grootte, uitverkozen tot de harddisk voor de Xbox:
Microsoft's selection of Western Digital for its much-anticipated video game console underscores Western Digital's commitment to providing its multiple markets with a cost-effective hard drive platform. The company's first value-platform product is WD Protégé™, a single-platter hard drive designed for cost-sensitive personal entertainment and PC markets.
"Our vision to include a hard drive in Xbox is to allow game developers to advance gameplay in new ways that we can only begin to imagine," said Todd Holmdahl, general manager of Xbox hardware. "We selected Western Digital because they understand the consumer electronics and personal entertainment marketplaces from technological, quality and customer-service perspectives."
According to the agreement, Western Digital will begin shipping hard drives to Microsoft in June 2001 and is scheduled to continue shipping through mid-year 2003. Xbox will utilize single-platter, 3.5-inch hard drives, based on Western Digital's newest value-line platform.
[...] WD Protégé is the new value EIDE desktop companion to Western Digital's performance desktop brand, WD Caviar®. WD Protégé's single-platter spins at 5400 RPM and stores data at 20 GB per platter. With WD Protégé, Western Digital is the first hard drive manufacturer to have completed transfer of 20 GB per platter products to production. Ten and 20 GB models utilizing the Ultra ATA/100 interface started shipping in volume at the end of the third quarter of 2000.