Alright, well I know it's not yet official, but if they decide to go through with selling the hard drive as a peripheral, it would potentially be the dumbest move in this decade of business.
Overall, I just think the PS3 is too powerful for its time period. It's definitely in a league of its own in terms of the "next generation." Far too advanced for this generation and obviously not advanced enough for the generation ahead of it, Sony may find (as they have been already), that the market is not ready for their technology yet. Basically, everything's too expensive to produce and therefore impractical. The 360--and I'm far from a fanboy--fits the "next-generation" criteria, while it may be somewhat flawed. Blu-Ray, 60GB Hard Drive, and the Cell Processor are a little too far advanced. The hardware is there for them to use, to be sure, but really, why? I'd like to say that every gamer on Earth is exceedingly wealthy enough to afford a PS3...but I'd obviously be lying. Thus, I assume, the rationale for selling the hard drive separately. But then, why even bother with advanced technology if you're going to have to cut costs by ridding the system of its fundamental parts???
Dumb. Good luck, Sony. Anyway, I'll buy one if it manages to be fairly priced and with a hard drive included...I don't know how many gamers in the know would laugh their asses off, however, if yet another Playstation is minus a hard drive pre-installed.
At the end of the day, it's still all about the games. GTA will no longer be an exclusive title and I could pretty much care less if I had to live without the remaining MGS games......