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PS3 – No Hard Drive by Default |

PS3Sony’s Ken Kutaragi has said that “We’re not going to equip [the PS3 with] an HDD by default, because no matter how much [capacity] we put in it, it won’t be enough.” Is he really saying that there’s no HDD big enough to be used with the PS3? It’s disappointing to hear that the HDD won’t be included by default, and his excuse sounds a little lame to me. The real reason is probably cost-cutting, so why doesn’t he just admit it?

If no HDD is included, that means when developers work on a title for the PS3, it has to work without the HDD. It also means that many will choose to ignore the HDD ability altogether. How many PS2 games are there currently with HDD support? Uh…. It’s a shame that the same thing could happen to the PS3. With the Xbox 360 coming with a 20GB HDD by default, it means that developers can count on its presence. And that’s a big advantage for the Xbox 360 that the PS3 won’t have.

Sony needs to rethink this strategy. I’d be willing to pay a couple extra bucks for a PS3 that includes a HDD by default, and I have pretty low discretionary income. So if I’m willing to do it, I’m sure others are too. The advantage to the PS3 platform outweigh the small cost involved. But that’s just me – I’d love to hear from readers about what you think.

Link: GameSpotAdd-on PlayStation 3 HDD will run Linux

But wait! In a different article Sony’s Masayuki Chatanai said only that the inclusion of a HDD in the PS3 is undecided. So…. maybe it will be! But I doubt it. If Kutaragi said it won’t be and Chatanai says it maybe won’t be, then my bets are on “won’t be”.

One interesting thing mentioned, though, is that the controller might be changed before launch. I hope so! That batarang thing doesn’t look so comfortable. Chatani also revealed why the PS3 supports up to seven wireless controllers – that’s how many Bluetooth wireless controller connections the PS3 could handle. So it’s probably a practicality thing hardware-wise.

Chatani also “commented that the PS3 is still at a prototype stage and has room for improvement in graphics and physics.”

Oooh, one last tidbit. “He confirmed that Sony is still aiming for a spring 2006 US launch for the PS3, with a possible simultaneous launch in Japan.” So yay! The US won’t be getting their PS3 half a year after Japan. (And I hope by “US” he’s also including Canada.)

Link: GameSpotPS3 to ship without HDD?

  • It’s all well and good for the Japanese and you Americans but what about us Europeans?

    It’s annoying that our market isn’t considered big enough to get the latest consoles until months after the release in the US. Take the PSP for example, we have to wait until September to see it while the US and Japan have been playing for months now. Ok, so since the PSP currently has no territory limitations we could just import from the US, but I’d much rather like to be able to go down to my local video games store and pick one up.

    Concerning the hardrive matter I believe they should include it as standard since, as you mentioned, there’s not been much use of the hardrive in the PS2 this time around. If it isn’t included as standard most game developers won’t bother to take the extra time to include HDD support, which isn’t moving forward one bit in my opinion.

    Microsoft however, made great use of the hardrive in this generation and it proved to be a successful move. Why can’t Sony see this? or are they to up themselves to take a leaf out of the X-Box book?

    The big three are all talking about online support and what-not in the next gen, something Microsoft have already proved they can do pretty good. Yet how are Sony going about offering this online support when there isn’t a HDD to download onto as standard? In my opinion, if you make them seperate the casual gamer won’t even bother to own one.

    Considering I’m getting into online gaming even more these days, shunning my PS2 for a few months, this news just shunts me more towards Microsoft and the 360 this time around. It may just convince me to switch sides.

  • ps3 doesnt have a hard drive if not xbox 360 will kill ps3 so if u want sales get a hd

  • I am a PS fan so !! please get a external equipable hard drive