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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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Wow great
By bombardj on 11/13/2006 1:58:33 AM , Rating: 0
Yeah it's great that sony used standard tech, but lord knows there plenty of space in that tank for it.
What's funny is people spend that much for a console and are already replacing shit in it,mmm... cutting edge stuff.

They should sell the damn things with no blu-ray, and no hard disk, and you could just plug in what you want. Oh wait, you need blu-ray for their games, or was it that they made us "need" blu-ray for their games in hopes they can shove blu-ray down the throats of consumers who don't need or want the technology, so that they might be able to save their poorly managed company from going under.

I'm sorry but I find it hard to believe that sony used standard tech for the consumers when nothing they do is ever for the best intrest of the consumers.(quite the opposite really) They used standard tech for the hard disk because it was cheapest for them to do so, period. I'm sorry but with the way sony takes it's customers for granted, and thinks were all a bunch of ignorant sheep, I'll never buy sony again. No PSP, or PS3 here, DS lite and XBox 360 all the way.

RE: Wow great
By michal1980 on 11/13/06, Rating: -1
RE: Wow great
By bombardj on 11/14/2006 9:30:36 PM , Rating: 2
last time I checked nintendo wasn't pitching the DS as a movie platform so that they can sell people a lower quality version of DVDs they already purchased. Sony could have done a mini-DVD format which would have been more than enough for games. This would have allow them or a third party to provide a utility that would let us burn low rez copies of our our legally purchased DVDs to play on our PSPs. If it was only a game format I could give a crap less. Just another example of sony trying to double dip, and put it to their customer base. I used to be a playstation fanboy but I just can't take the crap they shovel anymore.

RE: Wow great
By CascadingDarkness on 11/13/2006 5:51:43 PM , Rating: 2
Do they sell 360 without HD-DVD? No, because they need to decide on an overall media for game makers to create on. You can use same argument with 360/HD-DVD.

What if they didn't come with drives, would you force game developers to release games on both media to accommodate consumers and cry if they didn't? I bet you would.

RE: Wow great
By bombardj on 11/14/2006 9:38:22 PM , Rating: 2
ummmm... actually they do sell 360s without HD-DVD. They ship the 360 with a regular DVD player, cheap proven technology that gets the job done. The only reason, I was complaining about blu-ray is because it is sony technology that they make royalties off of, and it is being included not because it is the best gaming tech, but it is being included because it is the future movie platform they are trying to push, and most gamers could give a crap less about. If they would make their systems for gamers instead of constantly trying to push their other crap tech that gamers don't want or need and end up pushing up the price, then maybe I could feel a little better about the company.

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