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PS3 and its HDD

PS3I’ve mentioned the PS3’s inclusion of a 60GB HDD, but I haven’t made any comments of my own on the fact. First, let’s recap, from the slide at the business briefing.

  • 60GB 2.5″ HDD
  • Upgradeable
  • Enhance Game Play
  • Network Game/Application
  • Powerful Network Platform
  • Full Internet Access
  • Home Server

First off, I’m worried about how much disk space the Linux OS will take up. I hope it’s not too much – I’ll be wanting to store lots of game demos and HD trailers on this thing. But since my Windows XP installation is about 5GB, I’m not too worried. I doubt that a version of Linux targetted specifically to the PS3 will take up more space than the general purpose Windows XP. I’ve heard that for games the PS3 will use its own proprietary OS. Now that I know that Linux will be included in the system, I have to wonder about that. But either way, the inclusion of Linux is cool. Lots of people out there know how to program in the Linux environment, and that can only help the PS3.

Second, I just think this is pretty cool. Playing Xbox games at my friend’s place was nice for two reasons: Project Gotham Racing and quick game saves. The memory card has always been a pain in the butt and it will be nice to be able to save games on the HDD for its speed and its spaciousness. At one point I was worried that any HDD for the PS3 wouldn’t be used for games but rather for movie clips and the like. But one point on the slide clearly says “Enhance Game Play”, so it’s good to know the HDD can be used by games.

And third, it’s great that developers can count on its existence. Sony and Microsoft has traded this advantage with this generation of consoles. Last time around developers could count on the HDD in the Xbox, now they’ll be able to know it’s in the PS3. This is a great gift to developers and I’m sure that every singly one of them were happy to find out that the PS3 will include an HDD. (Well, they would be happy from a development viewpoint. They’re probably also hoping it doesn’t price the PS3 into the stratosphere.)

I’m sure some people will spin the HDD inclusion as being a bad move on Sony’s part. But I think they’ll be grasphing at straws. The HDD inclusion is a good thing all around, and I’ll willingly pay for its existence in the PS3 I buy.