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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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RE: Mod?
By ogreslayer on 11/12/2006 8:00:51 AM , Rating: 1
On IGN, , they are saying that rotational speed makes little to no difference in present titles. However, I care not; most definitely gonna throw a Raptor X in there(or rather out), 150GB 16MB cache 3.5in @ 10,0000RPM is still $30 cheaper than a 200GB 8MB cache 2.5in @ 4200RPM amyway :)

RE: Mod?
By kextyn on 11/12/2006 12:57:27 PM , Rating: 4
Talk about a waste of money. Just because you can get the fastest drive on the market doesn't mean you should. Spend half as much and get much more storage.

RE: Mod?
By underline21 on 11/13/2006 8:29:02 AM , Rating: 2
Wouldnt a faster drive produce more heat?

RE: Mod?
By Nightskyre on 11/13/2006 1:43:39 PM , Rating: 2
So you're going to...

1. Cram a 3.5 inch drive in a 2.5 inch space. Good luck with that.

2. Blow your money on the X version with its stupid little window. I'm sure the Blu-Ray player is salivating over the idea of looking at the innards of a harddrive.

3. Buying a Raptor for this purpose, anyway.

Let's think about this.....

RE: Mod?
By Clauzii on 11/14/2006 7:18:32 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah, at least we need to know the maximum paractical transferrate in the PS3, to establish if it's worth it. But what about access times? If the games are partly stored on HD for faster than BR access, it might be usable to have the short access times of the Raptor drive.

Allthough I think it IS overkill by now :)

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