Unlike the Xbox 360, the 2.5-inch hard disk drive inside the
PlayStation 3 can be upgraded
by the user at any time. Sony’s Korean division appears to be well aware of
this, and according to official information posted on the PlayStation
Korea website, the territory will be getting an 80GB hard drive inside the
machine when it launches June 16. Neither the 20 GB nor the 60 GB PS3 consoles
will be available in South Korea.
Rumblings of this first came in March when Sony filed with
the FCC papers describing
a PlayStation 3 with an 80 GB hard drive inside. Sony did not confirm nor
deny the plans for an 80 GB unit at that time, saying only, “As mentioned when
we made the product announcement for PS3, the system will have different
configurations (thus, 60GB HDD with memory card slots and Wi-Fi and 20GB HDD
without memory card slots or Wi-Fi both exist). Application to the FCC has been
made with various possibilities in mind, however, it does not lead to a new
product announcement at this time.”
Aside from the 80 GB hard drive, the hardware of the Korea-bound
PS3 is identical the European model – which also means software-based, instead
of hardware-based, backwards compatibility. A spokesperson for Sony Computer
Entertainment Europe told GamesIndustry,
“The chassis of the 80GB Korean PlayStation 3 is identical to the chassis of
the European version. The only exception is the larger hard drive.” The spokesman
continued adding that “At this moment in time, there are no plans to introduce
the 80GB version of PlayStation 3 in Europe.”
Sony Computer Entertainment America has provided comment on the possibility of the 80GB drive (and perhaps by extension, the new hardware revision) making its way to North America. “We’re constantly looking at new… configurations [for PS3], but currently there
are no plans to change current hardware offerings [in North America],” said a Sony representative.
quote: which also means software-based, instead of hardware-based, backwards compatibility.
quote: IIRC Sony wanted this to be a 10 year console, only makes sense to use a next gen media format for it.
quote: "Wii, cheap one for the kiddies"