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Sony Announces New, Higher Capacity PS3 Slims

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August 18, 2010 9:33:49 PM

Seems like PS3 is really offering more bang for the buck than the competition. Blue Ray, 320 gbs.... it adds up. That said I picked the PS3 because its less likely to break than the competition.
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August 18, 2010 9:35:34 PM

Sony really just needs to come out with a 500GB version and be done with it.
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August 18, 2010 9:38:09 PM

yaaaaaaawn....

if larger storage is a feature in PS3, then color me bored...

bring back PS2 compatibility, dammit!!!!
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August 18, 2010 10:01:24 PM

IDK why its so hard to just put a 1tb drive in it.
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August 18, 2010 10:04:11 PM

classic sony still overpricing for their hardware. too bad alot of stupid people still buy this crap instead of just investing $40 and put 1 TB in it instead of paying $100 for 320gb
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August 18, 2010 10:07:14 PM

@Mr. Pizza:
Because it runs a 2.5" drive, not 3.5", and those haven't come out in 1tb flavours yet. But if your time machine can do it for me, be my guest.
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August 18, 2010 10:16:39 PM

jincongz@Mr. Pizza:Because it runs a 2.5" drive, not 3.5", and those haven't come out in 1tb flavours yet. But if your time machine can do it for me, be my guest.


/facepalm there are two 2.5" 1TB drives on newegg for $140 and $130.

guess my time machine works.
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August 18, 2010 10:37:13 PM

proxy711/facepalm there are two 2.5" 1TB drives on newegg for $140 and $130.guess my time machine works.

Those are too big. Those are 12.5mm high, PS3 uses 9.5mm.
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August 18, 2010 10:43:24 PM

/facepalm

$140-$130 IS NOT $40.

Your time machine needs WD-40: Westerm Digital 40GB.
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August 18, 2010 10:59:44 PM

proxy711/facepalm there are two 2.5" 1TB drives on newegg for $140 and $130.guess my time machine works.

How'd you get your paradox field compensator to work? Mine's always falling out of alignment during the time travel initiation sequence. I've tried increasing the tachyon emitter array power all the way to 11 but it didn't help.
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August 18, 2010 11:03:28 PM

jincongz@Mr. Pizza:Because it runs a 2.5" drive, not 3.5", and those haven't come out in 1tb flavours yet. But if your time machine can do it for me, be my guest.


As others have remarked there are 1tb 2.5" drives that are 12.5mm

There is also the idea that not everyone who wants a PS3 will want a 750 or 1tb drive in it. Maybe they are just fine with the 160gb? What loss of sales will they have with the added cost of a bigger drive? Will there be enough customers to buy models with a 1TB drive to balance out the cost of producing another separate line of hardware?

These are all big questions to ask when designing products. Perhaps Sony feels they can let the enthusiasts do the HDD replacement on their own to fill the niche who need that much space?
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August 18, 2010 11:43:28 PM

Stop updating current hardware and build a next gen system already!! Geez it's like they're stuck in the dark ages..
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August 18, 2010 11:57:35 PM

I'd be more impressed if Sony kept the 120gb/250gb drives but in 7200rpm flavors. Those load times can be terrible sometimes.
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August 19, 2010 12:20:48 AM

tharkis842I'd be more impressed if Sony kept the 120gb/250gb drives but in 7200rpm flavors. Those load times can be terrible sometimes.

Has anyone tried an SSD in the PS3 yet?
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August 19, 2010 12:21:04 AM

maestintaoliusHow'd you get your paradox field compensator to work? Mine's always falling out of alignment during the time travel initiation sequence. I've tried increasing the tachyon emitter array power all the way to 11 but it didn't help.



the hell you talking about? I just got my mr fusion and its totally compatible with my flux capacitor and once my delorean hits 88 well lets just say i'll be playing crysis 3 on my 8970x2.
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August 19, 2010 12:28:30 AM

The 320gb move bundle might be good to entice new buyers. I'm not sure how much cheaper it is to buy the console bundle then to buy move seperately, but i'd be sure there's a saving there. So, good for those getting their first PS3.

The HDD size increase isn't anything that spectacular. As said much previous, you can just install your own HDD. I'm sure there'd be some people who wouldn't want to install their own HDD though.

irh_1974Has anyone tried an SSD in the PS3 yet?


I've heard that it has been tested, but the improvement in speed wasn't as great as expected.
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August 19, 2010 12:35:41 AM

irh_1974http://uk.gear.ign.com/dor/article [...] 53tt2dm48aMy bad, found it - but cost is obviously ridiculous


Oops, my bad not reading your second post. I think i'd still prefer a HDD for the extra space... not sure what 500gb SSD's cost.. but I doubt they're cheap.
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August 19, 2010 1:09:57 AM

FAIL. Its called buy a 40 gig one with backwards compatibility, and pop a 500 or 320 gig hdd in there for WAY less than what this costs.
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August 19, 2010 1:54:56 AM

I payed 500$ for my ps3 when it first came out. The backwards compatible is always a plus. Only drawback is the fan, which is like 75% of the system, can be very loud. But that's bout it, I'm used to it though since my pc has 8 fans. Anyhow 400$ for all that, wow! Sony knows how give more bang for your buck. Love it! Though we have 2 ps3s already, 1 more can't hurt haha.
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August 19, 2010 2:14:36 AM

Don't listen to the dummies at ign uk . The test they did were as effective as running crysis test on a 5870 and p4 CPU . Why test games on bluray when you obviously know that the bluray read speed is the bottleneck ? They should have done stuff like game launch on SSD , ie burnot paradise on SSD vs on bluray ; timed start up , back up . The stuff that depend heavily on the HDD/SSD . It most likely won't improve load time , obviously .
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August 19, 2010 2:36:30 AM

I have a ps3 and I have lots of problems from the day I bought it. I hope in the future sony could make their product more worth the money.
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August 19, 2010 2:37:47 AM

hikayuDon't listen to the dummies at ign uk . The test they did were as effective as running crysis test on a 5870 and p4 CPU . Why test games on bluray when you obviously know that the bluray read speed is the bottleneck ? They should have done stuff like game launch on SSD , ie burnot paradise on SSD vs on bluray ; timed start up , back up . The stuff that depend heavily on the HDD/SSD . It most likely won't improve load time , obviously .


Well, there's this. http://boardsus.playstation.com/t5/PlayStation-3-Genera...
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August 19, 2010 2:38:08 AM

ares1214FAIL. Its called buy a 40 gig one with backwards compatibility, and pop a 500 or 320 gig hdd in there for WAY less than what this costs.


It'd be interesting to find some with backwards compatibility for that cheap. I remember about a year or so after they cut the PS2 compatibility, I was looking for the early models with PS2 support.

I managed to find one online... but ended up paying about $400 extra.

People over here are selling their broken original models (with the PS2 compatibility), and getting enough money from it to buy a new PS3 with a few games.
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August 19, 2010 4:17:50 AM

Just buy one of the phased out models at a discount, or a used PS3 off ebay or Craigslist, and throw in a bigger HDD yourself.

My original 60GB unit (with Backwards Compatibility, yeah!) is currently sporting a 250GB drive and running perfectly. Before anyone asks, no I don't want to sell it.
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August 19, 2010 4:21:05 AM

ares1214FAIL. Its called buy a 40 gig one with backwards compatibility, and pop a 500 or 320 gig hdd in there for WAY less than what this costs.

The 40GB and 80GB units only had partial BC, unlike the original 20GB and 60GB units which were fully BC.
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August 19, 2010 5:54:08 AM

where is the 500gb and 1tb and wireless n and 4 usb ports?
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August 19, 2010 9:41:36 AM

hikayuDon't listen to the dummies at ign uk . The test they did were as effective as running crysis test on a 5870 and p4 CPU . Why test games on bluray when you obviously know that the bluray read speed is the bottleneck ? They should have done stuff like game launch on SSD , ie burnot paradise on SSD vs on bluray ; timed start up , back up . The stuff that depend heavily on the HDD/SSD . It most likely won't improve load time , obviously .

Did you even watch the video? They did several tests and concluded that the direct-download games are the ones that benefit the most. So thanks for telling us what we already knew.
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August 19, 2010 12:55:49 PM

southernsharkSeems like PS3 is really offering more bang for the buck than the competition. Blue Ray, 320 gbs.... it adds up. That said I picked the PS3 because its less likely to break than the competition.


I am starting to wish I had picked the PS3. I just sent my xbox(original run version back from launch) back in for repairs for the second time. By some miracle Microsoft is still covering it under warranty so it wont cost me anything, but it is still a pain in the ass. My xbox, while I love it, sounds like a F-16 fighter jet when on so I have to pump up my home theater to drown out the sound which sucks when Im streaming movies from my server. If I could have only seen the future and known that blue ray was gonna win the format war I would have chosen PS3 but back then it was not the best bang for the buck and it was kinda rolling the dice on an unproven format. Hindsight is 20 - 20 though.
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August 19, 2010 12:57:28 PM

Do you know how many people still by Xbox 360s without the HDD because they say they don't need it. I've seen lots of people purchase one only for the very two reason thats its cheaper and they think have no need for even a 20GB HDD. The average consumer just doesn't need lots of space. Only the enthusiast will want more, and Sony allows that. I happy with that. There is no need to increase the price of the system for something so wasteful. The incremental increase in storage is only for the consumer who choose not or don't know how to do it. Expect Sony and Microsoft to do this throughout the course of the system. Eventually will have 320/500 SKUs

Also, I believe only the 60 and 80/4 USB models are BC, not the 20 and 40 models. 60 had hardware compatibility, 80 had software emulation.
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August 19, 2010 1:03:53 PM

southernsharkSeems like PS3 is really offering more bang for the buck than the competition. Blue Ray, 320 gbs.... it adds up. That said I picked the PS3 because its less likely to break than the competition.


That's nice, I picked neither since these current "ancient" consoles are just now selling for what would be a realistic release price. Also the PS3 might have lesser chance of breaking, but that's because nobody uses theirs...
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August 19, 2010 1:32:13 PM

soldier37really? You can add a 500gb or the new 640gb drives yourself for cheaper than you can buy a new PS3! Learn and research and you too can stay ahead of the game. I'm just happy its not another crapbox story, that outdated garbage and people are dumb to still be buying it!


Thats what i taught, but im a 360 fan (i just cant stand the ps3 remote) so wasn't sure....
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August 19, 2010 2:28:52 PM

still packing them with 5400rpm hdd's
i recommend just getting the cheapest model PS3 and putting in a faster, larger hdd
certain situations it is actually faster with minimal heat increase
the cost difference between the faster and slower is worth it imo
PS3 is limited to SATA I, u will get occasional boot errors if u trying using a SATAII/III hdd
PS3 doesn't support auto-detect so u have to force it in SATA I mode (via jumper) or buy a SATA I hdd
the seagate ones have jumper settings to force this but the funny thing is a jumper is not supplied and sourcing a 2.5" hdd size jumper is quite difficult
FYI 320GB's works out too 298GB's of actual free space on the PS3 with nothing installed
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August 19, 2010 4:50:55 PM

What feature did $ony remove to add more space? I would be fine with the 250 and 10 gig allocated for other os :) .I know the slims never came with other os, but if they added it and backwards compatibility they would sell alot of them. You could add a card reader and a couple more usb ports while you are at it. Oh that is right my p$3 fat already has all that nevermind :) . It only does everything , but what it used to !!! On a positive note if you need space on your old slim, just get a nas with dlna support for your movies/music...you will come out better if you have multiple users in the house!
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August 19, 2010 10:45:48 PM

irh_1974Has anyone tried an SSD in the PS3 yet?

I think the ps3 hdd needs a format for FAT32 so that the files can be read. Im not sure nor have I heard of an SSD drive being used yet. But a 250 to a 640gb drive should be fine, enough to store all the games and possibly some HD videos for viewing.
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August 20, 2010 3:26:44 AM

Not a console guy so I don't know how it works, but wasn't the hard drive user-serviceable?
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August 20, 2010 11:20:21 AM

icepick314yaaaaaaawn....if larger storage is a feature in PS3, then color me bored...bring back PS2 compatibility, dammit!!!!

That's why they unrolled the whole PSN so you can buy and download the games you already own again just like wii. FTL
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August 23, 2010 12:13:00 AM

damiano13mgwhere is the 500gb and 1tb and wireless n and 4 usb ports?


Ah man. Internet must be freaking fast in the states. When I get over 100mbits internet, I'll probably want Wireless N too.
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