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250 GB PS3 Officially Headed to North America

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Fessed up and now it's real.

Despite denying it for weeks, Sony Computer Entertainment America has finally formally announced a 250 GB PS3 Slim for North America.

The 250 GB PS3 Slim has been a reality for European gamers for some time now, and those on the west side of the Atlantic will be able to pick up theirs starting November 3 for just a $50 premium over the 120 GB model.

What might you want to do with all that hard drive capacity? After all, the original launch PS3s shipped with 20 GB and 60 GB drives.

"We know that all of you are really making use of the PS3’s hard drive, as more than 600 million pieces of content have been downloaded from PlayStation Network. But if you are the ultimate digital consumer craving a bigger hard drive, we have the perfect solution for you," wrote Sony marketing manager Kim Nguyen. "In addition to the huge software lineup available this holiday, there are 2,300 movies available to download from the PlayStation Network’s video delivery service, with a third of those movies available in full high-definition."

Personally, I'm plenty happy still with my 60 GB launch unit with PS2 backwards compatibility, but it's shameful that this new PS3 SKU will have a larger hard drive than my laptop.

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    burnley14 , October 15, 2009 11:47 PM
    Still don't see the point of this when you can add your own bigger HDD for so much cheaper.
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    ubernoobie , October 16, 2009 12:06 AM
    burnley14Still don't see the point of this when you can add your own bigger HDD for so much cheaper.

    For the people who don't know how to change hard drives.
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    doomtomb , October 16, 2009 12:08 AM
    ubernoobieFor the people who don't know how to change hard drives.

    uber noobs
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    eklipz330 , October 16, 2009 12:11 AM
    this is still an amazing deal, but why aren't they undercutting microsoft.... a $10 price drop for the $300 model will make all the difference, this makes me think they have a deal under the table
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    Montezuma , October 16, 2009 12:23 AM
    USD$50 is really high for 60 GB more space. Is it possible to just add a hard drive of your choice without paying the high premium through Sony?
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    wahjahka , October 16, 2009 12:38 AM
    i dont need a ps3, i have a pc
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    TeKEffect , October 16, 2009 1:58 AM
    Ive had a 500gb HD in my 1st gen ps3 with all the ports and backwards compatability for a long time. took 5 mins to install
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    zaam , October 16, 2009 2:08 AM
    So, it's still not backwards compatible with PS2 games? Darn.
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    vorless , October 16, 2009 3:03 AM
    zaamSo, it's still not backwards compatible with PS2 games? Darn.

    My Xbox 360 still cant play my original Xbox games, stop QQing.

    Also changing a HDD in PS3 is 10 to 100x easier than a PC.
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    drew_a , October 16, 2009 3:22 AM
    uh....its actually about the same...
    1. open case
    2. screw in hdd
    3. plug in sata power and data cables
    4. PROFITS
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    dimar , October 16, 2009 3:27 AM
    Sony should really enable complete game install on the PS3 HDD. This way more space will be much useful.
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    MiamiU , October 16, 2009 3:36 AM
    is there a capacity limit the PS3 can use for HDDs? 2TB drive would be so nice...
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    socrates047 , October 16, 2009 3:49 AM
    planning on getting a ps3, but waiting for boxing day, i want the crappy game that they will throw in, yes, that makes all the difference.lol
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    nitto555rchallenger , October 16, 2009 4:16 AM
    dimarSony should really enable complete game install on the PS3 HDD. This way more space will be much useful.

    They can't really do that cuz they have a 20GB vs the 250GB model. While the blueray game discs hold more than 20 GB I think, don't quote me on that, but it sounds right to me. It would speed up load times for games, but they use 5400RPMs than the 7200RPMs HDD which wouldn't be much performance difference.
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    Honis , October 16, 2009 4:25 AM
    MiamiUis there a capacity limit the PS3 can use for HDDs? 2TB drive would be so nice...
    Unfortunately all versions of the PS3 use laptop (2.5") hard drives and have only 1 connection. I'm unaware of a 1T laptop hard drive.

    My friend upgraded his to a larger size and 7200rpm. He says the performance boost for loading is very noticeable and would be my main excuse for upgrading.
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    gforce84 , October 16, 2009 6:11 AM
    HonisUnfortunately all versions of the PS3 use laptop (2.5") hard drives and have only 1 connection. I'm unaware of a 1T laptop hard drive.My friend upgraded his to a larger size and 7200rpm. He says the performance boost for loading is very noticeable and would be my main excuse for upgrading.

    1TB (and 750GB) laptop hard drives from WD have been available for almost 2 months.
    1TB: http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.asp?driveid=685
    750GB: http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.asp?driveid=684
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    joet1986 , October 16, 2009 8:22 AM
    I replaced the 60GB hdd in my PS3 years ago with a 500GB. Never looked back :) 
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    waxdart , October 16, 2009 9:50 AM
    dimarSony should really enable complete game install on the PS3 HDD. This way more space will be much useful.


    I could not agree more. the gave us the on/off button via the controler (thankyou) - not if they'd just let us sit there.
    Getting off the sofa after a few beers and searching down the dvd case is just too much effort.
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    waxdart , October 16, 2009 9:55 AM
    SDD drivers will be the way to go when they come down in price a bit more. The only tests I've seen are from a while ago so the speed up wasn't that great; but by the time they hit sensible price level, they’ll be fast.
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    Anonymous , October 16, 2009 11:18 AM
    would a 7200rpm HDD and Uncharted 2 screw up your PS3?
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