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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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By radzer0 on 11/12/2006 3:12:44 AM , Rating: 2
Toshiba is pushing 250gb in laptop drives. Thats if you can find a way to make the things run in raid on the ps3 because they die super quick.

Had somebody come thru my work with a 200gb toshiba drive. No idea how much he paid but theres deff bigger than 160gb out there if your that greedy.

RE: 250gb...
By oDii on 11/12/2006 10:30:01 PM , Rating: 2
Good to know you're backing up that statement regarding the lifetime of drives in the PS3 with evidence... OH WAIT

RE: 250gb...
By theapparition on 11/13/2006 8:05:13 AM , Rating: 3
Not to interject, but I believe he ment that the 250Gb drives themselves die quick, not the drives in the PS3, so he suggested Raid1 for reliability. At least thats how I read it.

But not far from the point, I do worry about 2.5" drives. Many of you "youngens" may not remember drives that were sold with the AV tag (for Audio/Video). Most of the time, you saw this on SCSI drives. If your application had constant access to the drive, it could fail. That's pretty much gone away now for desktop drives.
But laptop drives are for exactly that. Laptops. Which means they are not rated for continual use, and are designed to spin up, read/write data, and shut down to save power. Laptop drives will get killed easily with constant I/O.
Unfortuately, I have first hand experience with this as I got called on to figure out why my companies product had failures after a few months in the field. The problem was tracked back to the 2.5" drives. There are 2.5" rated for continual use, but be prepared to pay 8-10X.

Now I don't think gaming will tax the HDD, but streaming HD video will.

Kudo's to Sony for allowing easy HDD replacement. First good news I heard from the Sony camp in a long time.

RE: 250gb...
By Deaks2 on 11/14/2006 1:17:15 PM , Rating: 2
The AV tag was regarding thermal re-calibration, not constant use. Consumer-level drives required a thermal re-calibration under constant use due to the heat build up slightly distoring the platters.

AV drives were "tougher" and did not require these re-calibrations. Therefore they would not pause for a second or two which would of course screw up your FMV capture.

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