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Sony to launch PS3 with bigger HDD capacity

Posted: 19 Apr 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Sony Corp. revealed plans to deliver PlayStation 3 (PS3) game consoles with larger HDD capacity to serve the needs of hardcore gamers and other heavy users.

At present, PS3 comes in two available versions: the 20Gbyte basic version and the 60Gbyte advanced model, which is currently being offered in North America and Japan. Sony though plans to discontinue the lower-capacity PS3 in North America.

"For users who vigorously store [games and other entertainment content] in the PS3, 20Gbyte is probably going to be too small, and even 60Gbyte may not be big enough eventually," Sony Computer Entertainment spokesman Satoshi Fukuoka said in a Reuters report.

However, potential changes to the PS3 will not be limited to its HDD capacity. "We are not likely to change its core components and functions such as the Cell, RSX, Blu-ray drive and network capability. But outside that realm, addition and deletion is quite possible," Fukuoka said.

Sony's PS3 packs a Cell microchip, RSX graphic processor and Blu-ray high-definition DVD player. The gaming console also offers supercomputing capacity, and was recently tapped for Stanford University's Folding@home program.

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