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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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Damn
By IceTron on 11/12/2006 1:33:35 PM , Rating: 1
Well shit, thats pretty cool of Sony to actually allow that. Granted, its not enough for me to still cough up $600 for a console, but I hope this forces MS hand to allow plug in USB drives




RE: Damn
By daftrok on 11/12/2006 1:49:30 PM , Rating: 2
How about coughing up 500 dollars instead and simply upgrade what you need to? You can probably hook up an external wireless adapter, an external card reader, and upgrade the HDD for under 100 bucks (assuming you sell the 20GB HDD the PS3 came with in the first place). And on top of that, you can install Linux. Granted Linux takes some time to install, but 500-600 dollars for a computer with DVD/BD playback, 1080p, 7.1 surround, bluetooth, and ps3/ps2/ps1 playing capabilities sounds like a freaking sweet deal.


RE: Damn
By IceTron on 11/12/06, Rating: -1
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