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.
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