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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: 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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