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Forge talk, iMax and pay to go Bungie Pro [update 1]

Just like clockwork, the Bungie crew released this week's Bungie Weekly Update revealing some info about the Forge, how amazing Halo 3 is on an IMAX screen, details about sharing content and a little thing called Bungie Pro. What's Bungie Pro you ask? Well, it's more or less a subscription system through the XBLM to give you more room to share your Halo 3 files. Normal Halo 3 players will be treated to free storage of six slots equaling no more than 25MB of videos, screenshots, or gametypes. But they're also offering a subscription to Bungie Pro which will cost 750 Microsoft points a year and bump your storage to twenty-four slots equalling no more than 250MB. It's an "interesting" idea and since all this shared content is server side it kind of makes sense ... doesn't it? Full Bungie Weekly Update text awaits your reading after the jump.

Update 1: Just to clarify, the talk about open slots, MBs and the Bungie Pro plan are just for content you want to openly SHARE with others via uploading to the Bungie servers. These storage limits do not dictate how much content you can save to your Xbox 360 HDD.

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1. Yeah right. Like anyone will pay for that.

Posted at 10:50AM on Aug 18th 2007 by gRiN.of.AH

2. I predict that they will make millions on that, just to fanboys... maybe a little less but still

Posted at 11:11AM on Aug 18th 2007 by kHz Glitch

3. On a side note, now with an actual person on that warthog I've often wondered how in the heck you're supposed to hold on.

Posted at 11:18AM on Aug 18th 2007 by Nick Nelson

4. It's IMAX, not "iMax ".

Posted at 11:19AM on Aug 18th 2007 by MV


Posted at 11:22AM on Aug 18th 2007 by DeceasedFriend

6. god, deceasedfriend, i WISH that article was right but it sounds like complete speculation :(

Posted at 11:44AM on Aug 18th 2007 by a ham sandwich

7. Interesting to see how much Halo 3 is being milked compared to 2. Not that I blame MS, you might as well give the Halo fanboys what they want.

Me though, I learned my lesson from the Halo 2 hype train, and I was totally unimprrssed by the multiplayer beta for 3. I'll wait to buy until the hype subsides.

Posted at 12:18PM on Aug 18th 2007 by TxdoHawk

8. Pay 750 points a year for 250MB of server space....

I think I see why (for thows trying to save space on 20GB hard drives/thows with just memory cards.

They should at lest give us the option of espanding the slots/alowing more room on our hard drives.

(Sigh) Sadly I will pay for it (snce 6 slots normal is realy under whelming), but wont be happy about it.

Posted at 12:28PM on Aug 18th 2007 by Lucky

9. 750 MS Points is less than a lot of shitty XBLA games out there (RoboBlitz anyone?) that many of you have probably bought. Plus, 25MB is a lot of space for free; with all the Halo 3 players out there it really adds up. Also, if any of you are confused: the 25MB is not a limit on what you can have on your HDD, just what you are sharing online at a given time. You can always cycle or change what you are sharing at any time, thus allowing your friends to download a lot more than 25MB of stuff from you.

Posted at 12:50PM on Aug 18th 2007 by David

10. Personally, I will be happily paying for my Bungie Pro account.

I loved that we were getting 6 whole slots. I would have been happy with 1. I find more money on the ground in a month than the Bungie Pro subscription costs.

Plus, in a few years when only the core community is left, I'm sure they'll up the non-Pro space/slots.

Posted at 12:59PM on Aug 18th 2007 by Josh

11. I'm really interested in Bungie Pro...And I have a feeling I'll end up using it once the game is about a month under way...

Posted at 1:06PM on Aug 18th 2007 by DjDATZ

12. Also, I'm willing to bet that anyone who complains about this has never owned or operated web-related services before. If you had, you'd have been floored along with the rest of us web developers at every announcement concerning and the File Share.

That's not to say that there's anything wrong with being upset over this - you can't argue over subjectivity - but know from a development angle that what they are accomplishing is truly unprecedented.

Don't forget that Halo 3 and are ad-free. That might not sound like a big deal, but realize that in addition to using revenues from game sales on producing new games, Bungie supports the living crap out of their older games while providing you with the most groundbreaking online console experiences the world has ever seen - all without shoving ads down your throat.

Posted at 1:06PM on Aug 18th 2007 by Josh

13. Ahhhhh..... No Thanks

Posted at 1:49PM on Aug 18th 2007 by TRUTH

14. Josh...I fully agree with you. Bungie in themselves are a technical marvel.

Posted at 2:58PM on Aug 18th 2007 by DjDATZ

15. What douchebaggery. They should let us export pictures to photobucket/flickr etc for free at the very least. I can see why they can't do that for videos (since the "Videos" are actual real time gameplay, recreated from saved data, and running on the game engine). I can't imagine anyone actually paying for this, but then again I'm sure they must have focus tested so...meh. Bungie is a Microsoft owned company, and I'm starting to wonder just what our 50 dollars a month is going towards paying (because it sure isn't dedicated servers, seeing as how I pulled a massive 50 kb/s downloading the Bioshock demo). This is the kind of thing where Bungie should say "You know what? You payed 130 bucks for the Legendary edition, so here, have your extra space for free"

Posted at 5:44PM on Aug 18th 2007 by BananaBoat

16. 50 dollars a year* rather

Posted at 5:45PM on Aug 18th 2007 by BananaBoat

17. Judging by the comments, there will be those paying for this. I certainly won't, but that's because I can't imagine needing more than the 6 slots they offer for free (purchase of the game).

Still they want around $10 for 250m per year. Hell, Google gives me 2GB for free, but then again it has some ads.


a 100GB hard drive would then cost $4000.00

I guess there is some bandwidth in there as well, but it doesn't seem like a good value at all.

Posted at 6:08PM on Aug 18th 2007 by David

18. 50 dollars a year, and we don't even have dedicated fucking servers. Get us those first, and then talk about charging us for tiny amounts of space on another server to store useless shit.

Posted at 3:48AM on Aug 19th 2007 by Zeus the God

19. i think some do not catch the real amount.
How many players are buying Halo3?
If there are 1.000.000 and everyone is testing his 25 MB its 25 GB Webspace. With about 25 GB of content there should be a "little" amount of traffic.
And now think about the 250 MB again.
1 x 250 MB is no problem at all, but think about ... well ... some 100.000 will use this 250 MB.
You cant host this on a single server on a single line. So you need at least some servers on east and west cost, this servers must sync their data everytime someone uploads a single picture.

That has nothing todo with or a 0.99 $ Domain.
But this 0.99 is per month not per year.

1. bashing microsoft
2. bashing bungie
3. bashing too hypie halo 3
4. reading article
5. think about it

please try to start with number 5 next time ...

Posted at 9:48AM on Aug 19th 2007 by wlanboy

20. "50 dollars a year, and we don't even have dedicated fucking servers. Get us those first, and then talk about charging us for tiny amounts of space on another server to store useless shit."


Show me excatly what freakin value I'm getting for my $50 first MS! Is it for the pleasure of using my own bandwidth to play MP games? I know it's not much money but still when the competition is coming on and they are offering it free you can't help but to question what the hell am I paying $50 for!

Posted at 6:37PM on Aug 19th 2007 by razer

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