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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 kextyn on 11/12/2006 12:59:31 PM , Rating: 2
And is thus far the only good news I am aware of regarding PS3

Don't forget they announced that the basic version will include an HDMI port. So the only difference between the basic and premium now is hard drive size (which as you can see is moot), wifi (who needs wifi on a console anyway, I sure don't...but I guess if you feel the need to...) and the card reader.

RE: Mod?
By Clauzii on 11/12/2006 1:17:50 PM , Rating: 2
Could it indicate that the price difference might be getting smaller soon, or that PS3 will be avaiable as one model only? (Which could possibly save a little in production cost, since it's cheaper to make one instead of two models?

RE: Mod?
By otispunkmeyer on 11/13/2006 2:19:21 PM , Rating: 2
i need wifi on a console

in my room i have a 360 and a PC and one ethernet connection. i have to swap plugs around when i want to play on my 360, then swap again when i want the PC

the wifi adapter for the 360 is a rip-off so i aint buying it

RE: Mod?
By deeznuts on 11/13/2006 2:43:41 PM , Rating: 2
Couldn't you use a switch/hub?

RE: Mod?
By CascadingDarkness on 11/13/2006 4:52:25 PM , Rating: 2
Switch would work, I know my cable company cons you into paying more for more then one IP. Exaple $10 more for 3 IPs.

If this is same as his case he'd need a router which cost a little more then just a plain switch.

I had trouble hooking my PS2 online with Charter (the devil). They don't support it at all. Ended up getting a router and PS2 online worked fine.

RE: Mod?
By glennpratt on 11/30/2006 11:50:01 PM , Rating: 2
Umm, everyone has a router, and if they don't they'll get one with wifi.

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