500GB PS3 to be unveiled at E3?

The day before Sony's press conference, reports point to new model of its console with massive storage capacity; two new models registered with FCC.

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After launching in 2006 with models equipped with 60GB and 20GB hard drives, the PlayStation 3 has seen its storage capacity balloon. The console, which has also lost PlayStation 2 backward compatibility and the ability to run Linux, is currently available with either a 120GB or a 250GB drive. The space can be used for game installs and downloadable titles, or for video, music, and photo files in its capacity as a media server.

Now, if a report on British site CVG is to believed, Sony is readying a model that will drastically increase the console's storage capacity. Citing unnamed sources, the site says Sony will phase out the 120GB PS3 and introduce a new model with a massive 500GB hard drive.

Sony may be increasing the PS3's hard drive size yet again.

The new PS3 will also reportedly have improved Wi-Fi upgraded to the 802.11n wireless standard. Current models use the slower 802.11 b/g standard, which is also used by the Nintendo Wii. The Xbox 360 has no built-in wireless, with external 802.11n and 802.11 b/g adapters sold separately. However, the prematurely outed new slimline Xbox 360 appears to have built-in Wi-Fi, the standard of which is unclear.

CVG's report comes shortly after tech blog Engadget discovered Sony has registered two new PS3 models with the Federal Communications Commission. It also may be a bit moot to the tech-savvy, as the console is designed to allow consumers to remove and upgrade its hard drive with a standard laptop drive.

For more on Sony's E3 2010 plans, come back Tuesday for a live blog of the company's press briefing or watch a live video stream of it on GameSpot's E3 2010 event page.

Discussion

150 comments
gbrading
gbrading moderator

This rumour didn't seem to be confirmed.

gamemaster2200
gamemaster2200

Honestly, I think an "arcade" PS3 would sell better.

Dynamo11
Dynamo11

Already upgraded my 120 to 500

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

My PS3 has a 500GB HDD in it already thanks to the ability of being able to upgrade our own hard drives. :D

geck222
geck222

@MikeDecz, wireless N simply has better range and speed than wireless b/g. The maximum speed wireless N can achieve is 300 megaBITS/s (37.5 mb/s), but only under ideal circumstances. Either way at least a quarter of that speed is optimal for gaming wirelessly and the range would be a great improvement. If I'm getting a ps3, its defiantly going to be this one.

kris912
kris912

just buy a 500gb or even a 1 tb hd (2.5") and slap into your ps3 and wah lah. a 500gb ps3 for da low.

takreem95
takreem95

Well, why buy the whole thing again when we can put a 2TB laptop hard drive in the PS3? Except the improved Wi-fi.

arbrooks28
arbrooks28

People on here say 500 is too big, I say it depends on the person. I have upgraded my first run PS3 twice....the latest is a 320 gig 7200 rpm...and I'm down to less than a hundred gigs. LOL And that's after deleting a lot of old Pulse and Core episodes. Listen people, larger HDD are a good thing. Especially if you're taking full advantage of the system. I've downloaded so much stuff off of PSN that it eats space like candy. HD tv show's and movies take up a lot of space! But even if this 500 gig PS3 comes or not, I will be upgrading to a larger harddrive soon again. It's just a pain in the but doing a backup, replacing the harddrive, then installing the backup and everything else.

DrEvilKoala
DrEvilKoala

32 Terrabyte Wii to be unveiled at E3 2010?

fanaticsm
fanaticsm

the new slim Xbox 360 will have the 802.11n wireless standard Wi-Fi......

kellgd
kellgd

if you have a ps2 than who cares about BC i have a 60gb ps3 and its great but if you completely use your ps3 (aka movies/ BLUE-RAY, music, games, games, and MORE GAMES like you should be if your gonna spend the money) the memory goes pretty quickly and you have to upgrade. Which makes this new model a pretty sweet deal if the price doesn't go up; plus better WiFi sounds like a great buy for those looking to purchase their first ps3

servb0ts
servb0ts

MY MGS4 bundle was 80GB i upgraded it to 500 for 65 dollars on amazon.com and its 100% BC ^-^.

T_REX305
T_REX305

dont think it will have BC. but i got bc in my old 80gb model and it still is awesome. suckers :P and i also have a PS2. u can get one for like $50 at gamestop

everettseanw
everettseanw

If not I will keep my ps2 and get the cheapest model ps3.

everettseanw
everettseanw

Nice. Hoping to get the ps2 backward compatibility backs so I can sell my ps2 to get the ps3.

MikeDecz
MikeDecz

Oohhh.... Backwards compatibility would be nice in the slim. Does anyone here know whether the 802.11n really makes a difference over the b/g?

Gigas_Yuu
Gigas_Yuu

Scorpgul is right. Sony should be focused more on games instead of a 500gb hard drive that's just a number to boast "MOAR HDD= MOAR STUFF" to other consoles.. No one is going to use five hundred gigs unless Sony has a plan to do a full on marketing attack showing all the average joes out there how to remotely connect to your PS3- but regardless the average joe DOES NOT want to buy movies he already owns on the PSN. He wants to burn them to his HD, but needs to be a little bit tech savvy to do so. This is just a mess. Bad move, Sony unless you plan on making home DVD burning easier for the casuals - cause what else is going to fit that space? 500 gigs? KILLIN' me.

TLM16
TLM16

When they start acknowledging crucial faults with their products I'll start getting excited about new releases. No point blowing however many hundreds of pounds on a machine that's going to get YLOD a few months later.

amaan4ever
amaan4ever

just by a ps2 for 50 bucks at gamestop instead of praying for backward campatabilility

y0ur_grandma
y0ur_grandma

No matter if it has over 9,000 GB, if it doesn't come with PS2 compatibility it's not worth it.

jogunther
jogunther

The space should be a welcome sight to new PS3 gamers. However, I would take my original SKU PS3 with backwards compatibility any day. Its too bad its not in their announced plans to add it back. It is a lot of fun reliving the good ole days without having to dust of old hardware. Sony listen to the fans.

Alan1187
Alan1187

Kinda worthless IMO. I mean as is on my slim I've barely put a dent into my HD.

Prime05
Prime05

A bigger hard drive and wireless N network compatibility is nice but what's the cost and do I have to put up with the YLOD again. Release the Kracken!!!

amaan4ever
amaan4ever

my ps3 has (BC) ad i barely even played one game of ps2 (resident evil4 for like an hour)it really doesnt matter because im too busy playing ps3 games to care for ps2 games.so all slim owners arent missing anything

amaan4ever
amaan4ever

i have a60gig ps3 and i have atleast 10gig of space left.Even my pc doesnt need even 500gig of space even though i have tons of stuff on my pc.I dont see a reason to release 500gig ps3 pretty.sure every body has enough space on their slim 120gig and 250gig

Darkman2007
Darkman2007

@Wolf3037 I have a feeling Sony will start seriously thinking about adding backwards compatability once they completly abandon the PS2, since technically, its not a dead platform yet (it is, but I think sony wants to get every bit of money they can from the hardware, however little the amount). that said, yeah PS2 BC would be great, it would mean I can put my PS2 into storage and have less systems taking up space.

Wolf3037
Wolf3037

They should probably put Backwards compatibility back in. Some people have abandoned old games but some of us havent. Not that I would need it, as I have a 60GB PS3. Some of my friends on the other hand wish they had BC though. I can't count how many times I had to bring my PS3 over for us to play old psx and ps2 games. Hard drive size it cool and all...but the PS3 makes it so simple to install your own hard drive that I don't think we need Sony to do that for us.

Darkman2007
Darkman2007

id rather have a normal 250GB hard drive and just lower the price. I think that would be better, most people I know wont even use up 500GB. if someone wants a bigger hard drive , they can upgrade later, with the price of hard drives now, its not a big deal.

Muteki_X
Muteki_X

@ X_CAPCOM_X If there was some way to download a PS2 game for free if you already owned the disk, then I could see that working. I don't know how they could make that work though; that would really open the door to piracy. I would hate to have to pay again for the games I already bought. For me, it's a very similar situation as what gamers are facing with the PSP Go. Good thought though.

Jak_Napier
Jak_Napier

This sounds awesome, alot of storage and capacity to fill.

PS3_MidwestKing
PS3_MidwestKing

hey vegeta what does the scouter say about ps3 hardrive capacity................. ITS OVER 9000!!!!

gslimjim08
gslimjim08

since they are improving the ps3 with a new wifi and bigger hard drive, i think they should put in hdmi 1.4 so 3D would look more natural instead of trying to pass it through 1.3

scorpgul
scorpgul

Focus making more exclusives instead of releasing the same console over and over again with slight modifications

random-bob
random-bob

Hopefully Sony announce a new, better (or at least cheaper), PS3 - that will give me some incentive to replace my YLODed fat one. n-type wireless... that would be nice!

Dav_id83
Dav_id83

Great I have a wireless N router looks like I may have to sell my 120GB on and buy this for the extra space and what not I was going to upgrade my HDD anyways to 320GB might as well not bother and move over to this.

jamestillett
jamestillett

they will be a stripped port of the orginal game and its highly on lightly that they will re-release the PS2 games on the psn however have faith that they will because Sega have just announced that they are going to release so of there Dreamcast titles on the psn & xbla as with Neo-geo titles have been planned for the psn so things are looking up

Velocity
Velocity

@jshaas.....Yes it was draft however if you look at all the changes they have done it was best and wise to go with 802.11G the N. Also the price was high at the time which means added cost to a console that had high cost due to blueray. Sony made the right decision.

X_CAPCOM_X
X_CAPCOM_X

What if they plan to release PS2 games on PSN?

theone332
theone332

i have the 120 gig ps3 version and i have barely used 50 gigs

wiiplay1
wiiplay1

I highly doubt anybody will realistically need that much memory. If I can't even use 200 GB on my computer, what would make me think that I'd need 500 GB on a PS3?

jshaas
jshaas

@Velocity... The "draft" version of 802.11n was available in 2003 and was being used in some consumer electronics. The IEEE didn't ratify the draft until fall of 2009... this is when we saw it become the new standard in Wi-Fi. So, I don't see why Sony didn't go ahead and put it in the PS3... considering they were touting it as the most technologically advanced console ever.

railroberto2007
railroberto2007

venom you can put a 250 gb hard drive in any of them for around 50 bucks

Pete5506
Pete5506

Im no where near filling my 250, so 500 is a bit overkill

GC4ever
GC4ever

i already have a 500GB HDD in mine i'm cool, as far as the wifi goes no big loss it was already way better than the fat ps3's wifi