I hadn't thought about it specifically, but our friend Frodo pointed out yesterday the difficulty of transferring Xbox 360 game saves between hard drives, even using memory cards. Today Opposable Thumbs serves up an insider tip that sees Microsoft including some kind of schmancy "data-retention cable" to lubricate the process of transferring data between systems for those who want to update their consoles:
I work for a large game distributor. MS disclosed this SKU to us a few weeks ago--definitely not a fake story. Price, features, color are all correct.
MS has told us that the data will be transferred via some sort of cable that will be included with the unit. The cable will also be included w/ the 120GB drive that will be sold separately (price TBD).
Please don't cite me, but this is all accurate info.
Obviously, that's far from official. But it's at least something, and it's hardly a stretch - Microsoft needs to make it easy for anyone with a 360 to upgrade their system, or the install base of the new, 120GB/HDMI 360 will have a harder time blowing up. Add to that the failure to include integrated wireless or a built-in HD DVD drive (which doesn't bother me at all, but doesn't exactly reflect a tremendous confidence on Microsoft's part that the HD DVD will win out over Blu-ray...), and Microsoft would be silly not to include some kind of easy file-transference system.
That would be just like...well, like Sony.
New, upgraded 360 may ship with data-retention cable [Opposable Thumbs]