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Sony considering external PS3 HDD?

Sony considering external PS3 HDD?

Sony has implied it would be interested in endorsing official external hard drives for the PlayStation 3.

Sony boss David Reeves has admitted that he isn't sure that Sony will stick to only offering the 40GB PlayStation 3 unit and that the company may look into expanding storage via external hard drives.

Speaking to Eurogamer, Reeves implied that he personally wanted to see storage expanded in this way and that, after ditching the 60GB PS3 for a 40GB model, the company may want to offer more space to users.

"We launched with 60GB and to reduce the price we went to 40GB. We're not sure we want to stay with that configuration of hard drive, and I think what you're going to see in the future is maybe consumers can choose," said Reeves.

"The PlayStation will stay the same, but consumers can choose whichever size of hard drive they want. They can now, or course, because it's not a proprietary hard drive."

"It might be that we will offer the possibility for people to have a bigger hard drive, but they have that option now. But it does not mean that we have anything in the works to introduce a different model or bigger hard drive built in," added Reeves.

Currently, PlayStation 3 users can attach external drives using a USB attachment or by swapping out the internal hard drive with another 2.5 inch SATA model. Sony has not yet released an official model though.

"We've played the games with the hardware, with different hard drives and things like that, and we want to keep it very, very simple. We know that works. We've got a very, very low return rate on the machines that are out; we've got a great supplier, so we'll keep that simple. We're just going to play the tunes with the games, both at retail and online."

Would you be interested in picking up an external drive, or does the prospect of paying more for an official model turn you off? Let us know in the forums.

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will. 8th May 2008, 12:20 Quote
"We want your money money! We want your money money! We want your money money! MONEY! NOW!"
bowman 8th May 2008, 12:28 Quote
'Currently, PlayStation 3 users can attach external drives using a USB attachment'

So what's the problem? Who wants insanely overpriced 'officially endorsed' hard drives?
steveo_mcg 8th May 2008, 12:30 Quote
It'll be pretty? I suppose some people aren't as tech competent as the user base here and would be intimidated going on line and trying to find one that works. If you buy the Sony one you can be reasonably certain it'll "just work", that is why you bought a console after all.
cjoyce1980 8th May 2008, 12:42 Quote
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Originally Posted by will.
"We want your money money! We want your money money! We want your money money! MONEY! NOW!"
Quote:
Originally Posted by bowman
'Currently, PlayStation 3 users can attach external drives using a USB attachment'

So what's the problem? Who wants insanely overpriced 'officially endorsed' hard drives?

LOL! Totally Argee
Paradigm Shifter 8th May 2008, 12:45 Quote
I'd be far more tempted to stick a 320GB 2.5" drive in the machine than have something hanging out of the front of the console via USB. However, while Sony do allow you the option, it's hardly something that "Joe Average" is going to want to do.

As long as the Official drive has a proper 'off' switch. I greatly dislike external drives that don't have the ability to turn them off without unplugging them. :(
samkiller42 8th May 2008, 12:45 Quote
Personally, when i buy my ps3 in the comming months, im going to do what mikeuk is doing, and buying a WD scorpio 320gb hdd, and swap it with the 40gb one in it. Much simpler in my opinion, but, what steveo says is absolutly true, right down to the fine print.

Sam
CardJoe 8th May 2008, 12:57 Quote
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Originally Posted by Paradigm Shifter
"Joe Average"

Please don't say that. Nor should you refer to Joe Bloggs, Everyday Joe, Joe Public or any variation thereof.

Asking for a Hot Cup of Joe is also prohibited.
Paradigm Shifter 8th May 2008, 13:01 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by CardJoe
Please don't say that. Nor should you refer to Joe Bloggs, Everyday Joe, Joe Public or any variation thereof.

Asking for a Hot Cup of Joe is also prohibited.

I apologise. It's a phrase I've used for too many years for me to stop completely, however, so it might still occasionally slip through. ;)
badders 8th May 2008, 13:13 Quote
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Originally Posted by CardJoe


Asking for a Hot Cup of Joe is also prohibited.

That's all kinds of wrong.

Back to the subject at...err...hand, it would be nice if they at least made an enclosure that 'matched' the PS3 in some way - it's got fairly unique styling, and having a square USB HDD plugged into it would sort of ruin it - maybe a 2.5" enclosure in the same shape as the PS3 itself?
will. 8th May 2008, 13:23 Quote
If they had made the PS3 a reasonable shape that would have been nice too :p

The 360 and the PS3 are both such awkward shapes and refuse to stack. I gave up and put mine upright behind my TV. You can't even see the thing!
ElZog 8th May 2008, 14:37 Quote
Thinking of picking up a ps3 this summer, the external drive thing... Could I attach the external drive I currently use for backups etc for my pc to the ps3 and stream video off of it really easily?

Also can an external drive be used for saving etc?

As for aesthetics, I have a MyBook which I think will fit quite well next to the ps3.
sotu1 8th May 2008, 14:48 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by CardJoe
Quote:
Originally Posted by Paradigm Shifter
"Joe Average"

Please don't say that. Nor should you refer to Joe Bloggs, Everyday Joe, Joe Public or any variation thereof.

Asking for a Hot Cup of Joe is also prohibited.

Joe...what's wrong with those phrases!? You copyrighting them or somethin?!
naokaji 8th May 2008, 14:49 Quote
console games are overpriced, so they need another way to make money, *drum rolls* accessoires enter the arena:D.
Panos 8th May 2008, 15:31 Quote
Does anyone knows if it can boot the PS3 Linux distributions from the USB drive?
500GB external, aren't that expensive.......
lewchenko 8th May 2008, 16:06 Quote
Why would anyone want a 320GB drive in a PS3 ? Would you ever fill it.

Ive barely touched the capacity on my 40GB.. It was the same when I had a 20GB XBOX. Until movies on demand actually works and isnt locked down via DRM bull, then I swear the PS3 and XBOX could make do with a 20GB HD for the vast majority of owners.

As for the rest (1%) Im sure an external HD would suffice just fine.
kenco_uk 8th May 2008, 16:45 Quote
I had nearly filled my 60GB drive, so I backed it up onto another drive (that has be formatted fat32 btw, not exfat), then swapped the hdd for a 320GB WD one. Needed a format, which took a few seconds and bigno, around 300gigs is available (the PS3 nabs some of it for nefarious uses unknown). Restored off the external drive and away it went, everything as it was, but with far more storage space. Pain loaded straight off the bat.

With home coming and perhaps iptv, the latter particularly will eat 40GB in no time. It's dead easy to swap, too. Just got to make sure you at least back up your savegames.
Paradigm Shifter 8th May 2008, 16:46 Quote
I've got a 60GB PS3, and I've managed to chew up 42GB of it with just the game install files. I can never be bothered to delete the game install files, so they just stay on there. Plus, if I had more space, I'd probably experiment with linux on it. :)
devdevil85 8th May 2008, 18:27 Quote
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Originally Posted by Paradigm Shifter
I've got a 60GB PS3, and I've managed to chew up 42GB of it with just the game install files. I can never be bothered to delete the game install files, so they just stay on there. Plus, if I had more space, I'd probably experiment with linux on it. :)
It's not like you can't backup your save files for the games you know you won't play for a while and secondly, get YDL 6.0 Linux for PS3, it's awesome! There's tons of support for it on YDL's forums.....
ssj12 8th May 2008, 19:01 Quote
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Originally Posted by bowman
'Currently, PlayStation 3 users can attach external drives using a USB attachment'

So what's the problem? Who wants insanely overpriced 'officially endorsed' hard drives?

I think Sony knows how to price their products unlike M$.
speedfreek 8th May 2008, 19:30 Quote
In the article it talked about the 40gb and 60gb like the only difference is hd space. As I understand the 40gb doesn't include backwards compatibility or half the other things that the other models can do.

And why not swap the internal into an enclosure and put a bigger drive in to replace it, its only a few screws. I was going to replace my laptop hd and put the old one in the PS3 and pretty much double the storage capacity in both of them, plus then I can use linux on it and not worry about space. The PS3 native divix support is terrible.
mikeuk2004 8th May 2008, 21:15 Quote
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Originally Posted by ElZog
Thinking of picking up a ps3 this summer, the external drive thing... Could I attach the external drive I currently use for backups etc for my pc to the ps3 and stream video off of it really easily?

Also can an external drive be used for saving etc?

As for aesthetics, I have a MyBook which I think will fit quite well next to the ps3.

Yep, you can plug a external usb drive into a ps3 and stream video off it. Also I have a 320gb Mybook myself which works fine with the PS3 streaming videos.

Im not sure if you can save games directly onto a external drive. Never really tried it. However you can backup your save games onto one by copying it across. You can basicly transfer any video, music, pictures, games onto a external drive no problem, because sony has not locked the system like MS have with the 360. Anything on your 360 hard drive stays on it.

You also have a option in the system menu to backup your entire ps3 hard drive onto a external drive.

But as Samkillar mentioned, you really wont one of these bad boys in the pc for only £75

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/productinfo.asp?WebProductID=787113

MS would probably charge £300 for the same drive on 360 if they made anything bigger than 120GB.
Major 9th May 2008, 02:09 Quote
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Originally Posted by will.
If they had made the PS3 a reasonable shape that would have been nice too :p

The 360 and the PS3 are both such awkward shapes and refuse to stack. I gave up and put mine upright behind my TV. You can't even see the thing!

In many of the PS3 pics, it looks like the PS3 is actually flat.

http://z.about.com/d/playstation/1/7/Q/6/Img3574_tif_jpgcopy.jpg

And man does it look so much better!
LordPyrinc 9th May 2008, 02:10 Quote
From the article: "We launched with 60GB and to reduce the price we went to 40GB."

Why would a 20GB drop in HD capacity equate to much savings in price? Most of the parts are the same right? So in theory, a 60GB should not cost significantly more than a 40GB drive. Am I missing something here? My girlfriend's IPOD classic has an 80GB capacity and its smaller than a pack of smokes.
Major 9th May 2008, 02:11 Quote
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Originally Posted by ssj12
I think Sony knows how to price their products unlike M$.

Sony are overpriced a lot with most things, but it's the name you pay for.
Veles 9th May 2008, 02:26 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by ssj12
I think Sony knows how to price their products unlike M$.

It'll be just as overpriced as MSes are, look in a shop, the official memory cards for PS2s are still going for £20 or so.
cebla 9th May 2008, 05:21 Quote
LordPyrinc said "Why would a 20GB drop in HD capacity equate to much savings in price?"

It probably only made a saving of $10 (or maybe less), but if you think about it $10 X 1,000,000 (units sold) = $10 Million so you can see why they might like to save $10 bucks per unit when they are losing money on each console sale.
Paradigm Shifter 9th May 2008, 21:55 Quote
Also, they tore out a whole load of other stuff (card readers, wifi, backwards compatibility) in the 40GB on... more savings. Well, not really savings... more "smaller losses". ;)
Veles 9th May 2008, 23:57 Quote
Well the backwards compatibility was taken out for other reasons, it wouldn't have really cost any more to keep it there since it was emulated, it's just they wanted people to stop buying PS3s as cheap BR players they can play their old PS1/2 games on.
peterhall 18th November 2008, 13:25 Quote
Hi, talking of HDD (internal or external), I,m about to purchase a PS3 and as it would essentially replace the DVD/CD player in my surround sound system I thought wouldn't it be good if I could store all my CD collection on there in a lossless format - I estimate 150GB worth - and use it as a kind of media centre juke box with excellent reproduction. I'm not hugely techy though, can anyone advise if an external HDD is easy to use for this kind of purpose (I can't envisage at moment as haven't taken delivery) or should I replace internal HDD (a bit too techy for my comfort but I dare say I could follow simple instructions - it's the software computery side that throws me).
UrbanMarine 18th November 2008, 13:38 Quote
I swapped out my factory 40gb HDD for a laptop 120gb HDD.

http://vgstrategies.about.com/od/ps3cheatsandcodes/a/PS3HDDDriveSwap.htm
kenco_uk 18th November 2008, 13:52 Quote
I swapped out my 60GB for a 320GB - dead easy. I've d/l a lot from PSN (videos/themes/demos/game extras) and it's getting on for about half full.
peterhall 18th November 2008, 14:09 Quote
Thnx for tips/links fellas... getting excited at my age...!


Marine... that's an excellent walk-through link...
identikit 18th November 2008, 15:23 Quote
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Originally Posted by peterhall
Thnx for tips/links fellas... getting excited at my age...!


Marine... that's an excellent walk-through link...

I know a lot of people have trouble with step 7 of that walk through. The screws that hold the HDD in the caddy are right bitches to get out, if you can't get them out don't force them, try different screwdrivers or call Sony for a complete replacement caddy.

I wish the PS3 had USB ports on the back too, PlayTV and external HDDs would benefit from that.
sandys 18th November 2008, 16:04 Quote
Yes I wish there were USB ports on the rear too as PlayTV cable looks a bit unsightly sticking out the front of my machine, I did intend to make a custom cable but i'm just soooo lazy

FYI - anyone considering PlayTV buy the largest HDD you can get your hands on, especially if you are like me and tape stuff but don't watch right away, PlayTV records shows in Mpeg2 direct from the transport stream so a hour long proggie on BBC1 can be about 1.6Gb, my 200Gb HDD is down to about 40Gb at the mo :eek:

You can export programs from PlayTV and archive them but again far too many steps for me.
kenco_uk 19th November 2008, 01:08 Quote
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Originally Posted by identikit
The screws that hold the HDD in the caddy are right bitches to get out, if you can't get them out don't force them, try different screwdrivers or call Sony for a complete replacement caddy.

The trick is to 'tighten' them slightly, then they come out a bit easier. I guess it's because they're machined in rather than hand-screwed at the factory, making them a very snug fit!
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