Buffalo Japan announced on Tuesday that it received the official Sony green light to manufacture two external hard drives for the PlayStation 3 console. This will be the first time Sony has granted a license to hard drive peripherals according to Andriasang. Unfortunately, the drives will be released in Japan next month, however this should open doors for Sony-certified external drives in North America.
The external HDDs will connect to the PlayStation 3 via a USB 2.0 port. The Piano Black HD-AV500U2/SC sits horizontally and features a meter on the front that displays the remaining space. The Black HD-CL500U2/SC stands vertically, and does not sport the storage space indicator. Both drives are pre-formatted in FAT32, allowing gamers to instantly plug in and back up the console's internal HDD.
Buffalo said that drives will be compatible with the upcoming PlayStation 3 DVR called "Torne." PlayStation 3 owners will be able to record and store their TV shows directly onto the external HDDs. Buffalo also added that the actual Torne device can support up to eight external HDDs, however only four HDDs can be connected simultaneously.
While PlayStation 3 owners can connect any external HDD to the PlayStation 3, Sony's magical touch on these two brands may indicate that the company may begin to limit 3rd party peripherals. There's also no indication that Sony has added any bonus features to the certified HDDs such as a free movie or a bonus game. We're betting we'll see Sony-certified external drives—and even a NA version of the Torne—sometime during E3 2010.