PlayStation 3s With Bigger, Maybe Badder, Hard Drives Coming Next Month

By Spencer . August 17, 2010 . 12:09pm

imageTwo PlayStation 3s consoles with bigger hard drives will be available in North America this fall. A 160GB slim PS3 will retail for $299.99, the same price as the current 120GB model. The 160GB unit is shipping to retailers now.

 

Need more hard drive space? Sony Computer Entertainment’s PlayStation Move hardware bundle includes a slim PlayStation 3 with a 320GB hard drive for $399.99.

 

Both high capacity PS3s made their debut in Japan last month, along with a white slim PS3. So far, Sony has not announced that color for any other region.

 

Update: The 160GB model is now shipping from Amazon. Thanks for the tip thebanditking!


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  • http://twitter.com/KillerRamen ?

    I wish SCEA would have released the Classic White one… Now I have to decide if I’m going to import or if I’m just going to buy the Move Bundle. :(

    • Advent_Andaryu

      I want some other colors as well. And of course backwards compatibility. I totally prefer the original PS3 model they should go back to that.

  • Code

    One thing I really wish PS3 would introduce soon is the universal ability to install games on the hard drive like the 360 can. It’s a comforting to know I can install to HDD, and not put any extra wear and tear on the disc drive.

    • Aoshi00

      That’s one of the reasons I prefer playing my 360, knowing that installing everything would burden the system less, the system would still run cool after playing literally all day (my older Jpn model is warmer though even after installs when playing shmups and No More Heroes…), also everything loads a lot faster. I would rather take an extra couple minutes to do a full install before starting a game for the first time.My PS3 phat’s fan had gotten very noisy a long time ago and I’m using the slim now, but I’m still a little worried by how hot the system gets when playing blu-rays and movies. Right now they only do partial installs like SF4. Maybe Sony would allow full installs eventually, the PSN is becoming more like Live and you have Plus like Gold now.. But my 360′s 250gb hard drive space is dwindling again since I install everything, I still have 250Gb left on my PS3′s 500gb HDD.

    • Aoshi00

      That’s one of the reasons I prefer playing my 360, knowing that installing everything would burden the system less, the system would still run cool after playing literally all day (my older Jpn model is warmer though even after installs when playing shmups and No More Heroes…), also everything loads a lot faster. I would rather take an extra couple minutes to do a full install before starting a game for the first time.

      My PS3 phat’s fan had gotten very noisy a long time ago and I’m using the slim now, but I’m still a little worried by how hot the system gets when playing blu-rays and movies. Right now they only do partial installs like SF4. Maybe Sony would allow full installs eventually, the PSN is becoming more like Live and you have Plus like Gold now.. But my 360′s 250gb hard drive space is dwindling again since I install everything, I still have 250Gb left on my PS3′s 500gb HDD.

    • Aoshi00

      That’s one of the reasons I prefer playing my 360, knowing that installing everything would burden the system less and let it run cool. My PS3 Slim is quiet, but feeling how hot the system gets when playing blu-rays movies and games worries me a bit. I hope they would add the full HDD game install too since adding a hard drive is so cheap for PS3, I still have tons of space left from my 500gb.

      Why doesn’t my post show up and keep saying “waiting for approval” :(?

      • Code

        Yeah exactly why even offer 320GB when only a handful of games have installs. Honestly I don’t even think I’ve used maybe half my 80GB and I have a decent amount of downloadable titles. I think Sony’s more or less just running a storage space race (ha I just saw what I did there >w<) with Microsoft, but Sony's the only one running. Although if they did introduce universal installing, I'd be super thankful. Especially considering I've already went through my first PS3 disc drive T_T'

        • Aoshi00

          yea, the bulk of filling up a HDD is full game install and games on demand, but the videos, downloadable games, and DLC do add up. My first PS3 was the original 60Gb and I ran out of space in no time and upgraded to 320gb then.I’ve upgraded my 360 HDD to 250gb and now there’s only 50gb left since I install all the games I’m currently playing. I upgraded my Slim’s to 500Gb as soon as I bought it and now it only has 250Gb left because I d/l videos like crazy. I guess the space is still useful for people who download a lot of full games and movies, a couple of gigs here and there add up. Oh, I ripped a lot of game soundtracks onto my PS3 (like at least 2 dozen of them, like Dodonpachi or Deathsmiles, the irony lol), so the space is useful for that too. It would be great if they allow full install like MS did, I mean they’ve alrdy added rating games and PSN plus, seems like they’re copying Live.

          • Code

            Yeah I can understand where your HDD would fill up fast with installs though, you’ve got a pretty beefy collection >w< My collection on previous systems was thicker, but on Wii/PS3/360 I have to admit my collections lighter this generation x_x' But yeah if there's one thing I want from Sony it's game installs, if you ask me it's one of the better technical surprises this generation. But yeah I do have some OST’s on my PS3 too, and they do eat up space fast >w<' PS3's generally my more multimedia oriented system so I should maybe consider upgrading my HDD in my PS3 sometime. Just checked and at 20GB out of 80GB. This might have to be my next project in the near future, lol.As far as the 360, when I swap up to my J360, I’ll get that 250GB HDD which will be nice, although I find I do have less music and stuff on the 360, it seems much stickier about what it will and won’t play z_z” So I play my music on 360 via USB stick, and it works fine >w< lol.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1472407455 Charles Lupula

          I used to have to delete installs ALL the time on my 60 gig until I upgraded to a 320gb. I currently have only 100gb left. I wish the older systems had come with this sort of memory.

  • karasuKumo

    And there I am with an 80gb hard drive haha

  • thebanditking

    Actually the 160GB 2501A is available from Amazon right now. For those interested.

  • TomSkylark

    Mm, because a bigger hard drive–and not a backwards compatibility fix–is exactly what we all needed to justify a new PS3 model, right? I’m sure all three people out there who said to themselves, “Hey, I’d finally get a PS3 if only the hard drive were a bit bigger!” are pissing themselves with excitement at the possibilities of their new purchase, but really Sony?

  • puchinri

    And neither lets you play PS1 and 2 games, right?
    I can’t say I’m excited or interested.

    • http://honorless.net honorless

      PS2 games, no. But all PS3s can play PS1 titles.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sammy-Garner/100001015553430 Sammy Garner

        I didn’t kno that. I just thought that since it didn’t play ps2 it automatically wudn’t play ps1. can u save also?

        • Aoshi00

          yep, on virtual PS1 memory cards. That’s how the downloadable PS1 games (like FF 7-9) can be played on the PS3 in addition to PSP. You could set up virtual 8Mb PS2 memory cards too, but that’s only for the backward compatible phat models.

          • kupomogli

            You can still create virtual 8Mb PS2 memory cards on a non backwards compatible slim model. It used to be where you could only use the memory card reader to transfer to the PS3 but now you can transfer back to the memory card. So you could use it as a storage device so you don’t need to purchase anymore PS2 memory cards if you don’t own a bc ps3.

          • Aoshi00

            You probably could, but I never tried on the Slim since it can’t play PS2 games. But you still need the $15 adapter to transfer the PS2 saves from your old memory cards to the PS3.

        • http://honorless.net honorless

          Yeah. You just have to set up a memory card on the PS3 before you start the game. Instructions: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MosS0r8tsN4

          If you can track down one of the memory adapters, you also can transfer your PS1/PS2 saves to PS3. (And if I remember correctly, you might also be able to transfer those saves back to a PS1 or PS2 memory card.)

          Might be hard to find one of those now though, since it’s been almost four years.

        • thebanditking

          Yes this is actually a feature I prefer over PS2 compatibility as my PS1 back catalog is huge (its all RPG’s) where my PS2 one is pretty small, just some titles I need to finish. Not to mention Im not so far removed from last gen that I miss it, but the PS1 games are truly nostalgic/classic for me and I love playing them.

      • puchinri

        I know~. I was talking to some friends other day and mentioned I hate not being able to play PS2 (but that I mind keeping and using my PS2), but he floored me with the mention of his PS3 being an earlier model or something that does play PS1+2. Lucky guy.

        But I would trade-in my PS3 in a heartbeat for one wiith more than 80GB that plays P1+2 games.

  • RupanIII

    I just bought a PS3 Slim last fall when they came out. The only way I’d buy another PS3 is if it were region-free backwards compatible.

    • Aoshi00

      I alrdy have the Phat and Slim.. I don’t think they would make the PS1/PS2 library/DVD movies region free, but if they ever make a new model w/ B/C (preferably a good LE, didn’t like the pink lightning one, good thing I didn’t get that since I disliked the game so much lol), I would import a Jpn one to play all my PS2 imports. I might consider upgrading my Jpn 360 to slim if they come out w/ a good LE. A region free B/C PS3 would be the best machine ever though, then I could get rid of my Phat and Jpn PS2 :)

      • RupanIII

        Hehe yea, I don’t think they’d ever do it, but I’d certainly pay a pretty penny if they did, esp if it were a cool LE as you mentioned. My DSM3-modded PS2 is getting up there in age, so a region free b/c PS3 would be good backup ^^

    • kupomogli

      They’re not releasing it for people who already have the system, they’re releasing it to entice other people to pick up the system. Hard drive upgrades are dirt cheap and if they’re not going to reduce the cost of the system then what better way to possibly get more sales than to increase the size of the hard drive.

      You can go out and buy a 500GB 2.5 Sata 5400rpm HDD for $55.

  • AdamBoy64

    The move bundle might be enticing for those to looking pick up a PS3. Not sure how much cheaper it is to purchase the bundle with the console then to purchase Move seperately, but i’m sure it’s cheaper.

    For the bigger HDD though… I guess I’d rather just fit one in myself. Maybe not everyone is like that though.

  • http://thrust-the-sky.deviantart.com/ WildArms

    is there a way to increase space on a 30 gigs old fat and sexy ps3? :P

    • kupomogli

      You’ll need to get a 2.5″ Sata 5400rpm drive. They’re cheap so you can find a 500GB on Amazon for $55. Again, make sure it’s 2.5″ Sata 5400rpm. You don’t want to have 7200rpm because it could screw up your system.

    • Aoshi00

      And just make sure you have the right sized screwdriver, otherwise you might risk stripping the screws when you’re trying to take the hard drive out of the bracket. The Slim is much easier to switch HDD compared to the Phat. I did it for both. But I came very close to stripping one screw on my old PS3 and I had to use the plier to get the screw out, it was supposed to be really easy if I had picked the right screwdriver in the first place :(..

      P.S. argh.. I have a couple of other posts on this article but none of them showed up and “waiting for approval”, what gives :(?

      @kupomogli
      I know you probably could make a 8mb memory card on the Slim, but I never tried it since it can’t play PS2 games. But you still need the $15 adapter to transfer the PS2 saves from your old memory cards to the PS3 if you want to store them on the HDD and makes space on the actual PS2 memory cards.

      • Joanna

        I noticed one of my posts disappeared…maybe Disqus is having some kind of problems lately?

        • Aoshi00

          So it’s not just me huh, and I didn’t even post any link, disqus is annoying sometimes :(…

  • JustaGenericUser

    Son of a mitch. You mean to tell me if I waited just one more year, I could have gotten this for the same price? Baloney. Oh well, at least I enjoyed a legion of PS3 games when I got the console last Christmas.

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