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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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Hey DailyTech: Want some bacon?
By somegeek on 11/12/2006 12:16:41 PM , Rating: -1
To go with the egg on your face?

As the PS3 launches DailyTech is scrambling to salvage it's credibility as a non-biased news source. Whenever Sony said something negative about the Xbox 360 they desperately tried to defend Microsoft:

"Sony's New Math prices Xbox 360 cost at almost $700"

Wrong. Sony said the Xbox 360 plus the add-ons cost $698.

" is still unclear as to how Sony's online service compares to Microsoft's free Xbox Live Silver service."

Online play is free, that's why they compared it:
"A 20GB hard drive may be added to the Core system for under $100"

$100 for 20GB hard drive that's worth $30.

" the wall comments.."

In terms of features, the Xbox 360 is the most expensive of the new consoles. The online play alone will cost $50 more a year compared to the PS3's free service.

RE: Hey DailyTech: Want some bacon?
By DigitalFreak on 11/12/06, Rating: -1
RE: Hey DailyTech: Want some bacon?
By somegeek on 11/12/06, Rating: -1
By GaryJohnson on 11/12/2006 10:28:47 PM , Rating: 3
3. Choice three is not to buy, which is both enticingly cheap and the best value (depending of course on what you value).

By theapparition on 11/13/2006 8:14:24 AM , Rating: 2
Also, selling two versions of the Xbox 360 is bad for game players and good for Microsoft because it allows them to overcharge for the differences between the two versions. It also allows them to lower the quality of the core version only to make the expensive version look better. They're doing this solely to minimize the loss on each console sold and keep their investors calm.

Isn't Sony selling two versions as well? Wouldn't it cost more than $100 to upgrade a base PS3 (card reader, wi-fi, Hard Drive)?

Not sure you point........

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