With the announcement of Microsoft's 120GB Xbox 360 Elite,
the $479 console doubles the storage capacity of Sony's range topping 60GB
PlayStation 3. According to paperwork
filed with the FCC earlier this month (PDF), Sony will introduce an 80GB
PS3 for users looking for a smidge more disk space.
Although the FCC cover letter doesn't go into detail, it's
plausible that the 80GB PS3 model would replace the existing $599 60GB PS3. For
all the flak that Sony
has gotten over pricing with the PS3, it seems unlikely that the company
would introduce an even higher priced SKU to differentiate between the 60GB and
The 80GB revelation comes a day after a SCEA’s Peter Dille
downplayed the introduction of the Xbox 360 Elite. “Microsoft is trying to catch up to us at this
point. Beyond the benefits of HDMI and a hard drive offered on every PS3 we
make, we also provide game developers and consumers the huge capacity of
Blu-ray disc, Wi-Fi, free online gameplay, wireless motion sensing controller
and the power of Cell,” said Dille. “Our strategy has always been to
offer all our consumers a future-proof experience when they first purchase any
PS3, rather than continually asking users to upgrade with expensive new add-ons
and entire new SKUs.”
Although the 80GB HDD may be a welcome addition for gamers
looking to buy a PS3 in the future, Sony has already made provisions within the
console to allow users to easily upgrade their drives. Whereas Microsoft forces
users to buy a proprietary hard drive to upgrade the storage on their Xbox
360s, Sony allows
owners to upgrade their 2.5” HDD at any time without restrictions or any
fear of voiding the console’s warranty.
For its part in the recent reveal of the FCC documentation,
spokesperson had this to say, "As mentioned when we made the product
announcement for PS3, the system will have different configurations (thus, 60GB
HDD with memory card slots and Wi-Fi and 20GB HDD without memory card slots or
Wi-Fi both exist). Application to the FCC has been made with various
possibilities in mind, however, it does not lead to a new product announcement
at this time."
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quote: I have a 3.5" 400GB HDD connected into mine via some SATA cables. It was cheaper then Microsoft's dern overpriced 20GB solution!
quote: The Sony console is big enough that they should have used a 3.5" drive. 400GB would have been quite impressive, compared to the other consoles.
quote: but when I can buy a 3.5" 500GB HDD off of Newegg for the same price as 2.5" 120GB drive, this is me looking for an adapter. 2.5" to 3.5" adapters have been in existence for some time and are very cheap.