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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: 360 HD?
By Aesir on 11/12/2006 8:22:21 AM , Rating: 3
360 HDDs are encased in a plastic case that mate to the outside of the 360 using a propriety connector. Nowehere can you gain access to a standard SATA connector without doing a little custom work (I know many people have upgraded their HDDs, but I know little about the process, someone else here probably knows more.)


RE: 360 HD?
By peternelson on 11/12/2006 10:13:42 AM , Rating: 5
In addition the first time the drive is used in the x360, it has id codes or password written to it, and the xbox to drive comms may be encrypted. Certainly is that way for the xbox dvd drive.

Also I believe microsoft firmware/dashboard checks the size of the drive and if it's not an approved official size, your console will get banned from the live service etc.

So, 3 cheers for Sony for having a sensible policy on this one, and explicitly sanctioning upgrades by putting it in the manual!


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