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Sony trumps Microsoft on storage upgrades with its PS3

When Microsoft announced its Xbox Live Video service that would allow gamers to download high-definition movies and television shows, it started getting some serious flak for the smallish 20GB HDD included with the Xbox 360 Platinum. Sure, the drive had been criticized in the past as it only had about 13GB of useable space from the start; but adding downloadable movies to the mix along with the already abundant game demos and trailers just makes matters worse.

Microsoft didn't make matters any better when pressed on the issue of a larger hard drive being added to the Xbox 360's arsenal in the future. Microsoft's Aaron Greenberg suggested that gamers buy an additional 20GB Xbox 360 hard drive and a 64MB memory card to alleviate storage concerns.

Sony is making things a bit easier for gamers with its PlayStation 3. Sony encourages its customers to upgrade their hard drives and even gives them instructions on how to do so in the PS3 user manual. The HDD used in the PS3 is a standard 2.5" SATA unit, so just about any drive should work should you crave more storage space.

Sony has a serious leg up on Microsoft in this aspect of the PS3's design. A quick trip over to Newegg shows that a 120GB Toshiba drive will set you back $100 while a spacious 160GB Hitachi drive will cost you $165. A second 20GB Xbox 360 hard drive will cost you $100 and the rumored 80GB drive would more than likely top the $200 mark.

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I'm curious..
By JonMooring on 11/12/2006 2:17:33 AM , Rating: -1
Who would actually pay $165 for a 160GB hard drive? Hell, if you browse around Anandtech Forums, you can find 320GB drives going for $80 apiece. A quick trip over to NewEgg reveals most 160GB drives are going for $60 new.

RE: I'm curious..
By sinisterDei on 11/12/2006 2:21:29 AM , Rating: 2
I believe you'll notice that the drives in question are 2.5" drives, whereas the drives you're mentioning (320gb for ~$80) are all 3.5" drives.

RE: I'm curious..
By tdawg on 11/12/2006 2:21:49 AM , Rating: 2
Are you sure that's a 2.5" 320gb hard drive for $80, or could that be a 3.5" drive?

2.5", or notebook, hard drives are considerably more expensive than 3.5" desktop drives.

I think this is a definite plus for the PS3. The convenience is certainly welcome.

RE: I'm curious..
By halomaster2004 on 11/12/2006 2:21:59 AM , Rating: 2
he said 2.5, not 3.5

RE: I'm curious..
By halomaster2004 on 11/12/2006 2:23:15 AM , Rating: 2
whoa, 3 people replied nearly the same thing all in a matter of like 20 seconds.

RE: I'm curious..
By JonMooring on 11/12/2006 2:23:02 AM , Rating: 2
Silly me, I just realized it was a 2.5" unit.

RE: I'm curious..
By whymeintrouble on 11/12/2006 2:25:34 AM , Rating: 2
psst, these are SATA NOTEBOOK (aka 2.5") drives! the cheapest 7200rpm 100GB I found is $155+, shipping included of course, for the HITACHI Travelstar 7K100 HTS721010G9SA00 (0A25016) 100GB 7200 RPM Serial ATA150 Notebook Hard Drive - OEM

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