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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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Not 3.5"?
By daftrok on 11/12/2006 3:18:49 AM , Rating: 0
Why why why why WHY isn't this 3.5"? I would rather go external and get LaCie External 320GB Hard Drive Design by F.A. Porsche for 100-180 bucks:

http://www.pricegrabber.com/p__LaCie_External_320G...

Then open up the HDD casing.




RE: Not 3.5"?
By kkedersha on 11/12/2006 6:01:58 AM , Rating: 2
According to the picture above, it will be possible to use 3.5" drives.

This is great. First news of the support for third party operating systems, and now an easy to replace/upgrade/install hard drive. It's nice to see that aside from all of the delays and nasty news in the rumor mill, Sony has eased up and is releasing an adaptable and modifiable product. It will be interesting to see if it stands up as a RELIABLE product (ahem, 360!) as well.


RE: Not 3.5"?
By CascadingDarkness on 11/13/2006 5:41:06 PM , Rating: 2
Just curious,

Do you mean 3.5" internal, not external exclosure?

If you do it doesn't look like it will be possible at all. I searched net and couldn't find any pictures that gave any better view that might show it can hold 3.5".

I would have to question why Sony wouldn't just put 3.5 in to begin with as they are far cheaper per GB. I'm not talking about mutilating your PS3 either to get it in.


RE: Not 3.5"?
By CascadingDarkness on 11/13/2006 5:46:07 PM , Rating: 2
Likely because of either space or heat. While 3.5 might give off same heat for approx increase in size it is still more overall heat which could have been trouble in such a small case.

As in, what would be the point of having 3.5" if it doesn't function due to over heating. Just a guess.


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