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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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Video of PS3 disassembly
By randomname on 11/13/2006 10:45:52 AM , Rating: 2
I think this video (where they take the PS3 apart) is interesting

That 180mm (or 150mm) radial fan responsible for all the cooling is the reason why the PS3 appears to be relatively silent. The Blu-ray drive also spins at quite low speeds. (Xbox 360 has 2 60mm fans, and a 12 speed DVD drive.) I think it would make sense for MS to copy that HSF design in a redesigned version of the 360. (I would expect such a redesign to come in a not too distant future, and include internal power supply, HDMI, and more silent cooling. But I'm just guessing.)

RE: Video of PS3 disassembly
By michal1980 on 11/13/06, Rating: -1
RE: Video of PS3 disassembly
By Clauzii on 11/14/2006 7:27:36 AM , Rating: 2
Hey, I don't know why your post did get downrated, but I'll agree on it. It looks like a pretty well thought out design :)

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