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Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Mike Miskulin, Aug 23, 2002.
Is there a hard drive coming out any time soon for the PS2? I'd love to get one of those... mike.
Yes. Sometime next year in the West. It's already available in Japan.
Rumor has it being priced around $100. I'm not sure, but I don't think Sony's made any official announcements other than it will be available next year. Final Fantasy XI and EverQuest for PS2 will need it, and both of those games are coming out some time next spring, so Sony needs to get it out soon.
That's half an xbox!!!
I can't imagine that it will be $100. Hard drives just keep getting cheaper, and $100 is currently the upper price for a 7200rpm ultra ata100 40GB drive. I would imagine that the PS2 drive would be slower and cheaper. Even if its the same speed, I bet that the price would be lower. -Dave
from the prices in stores near me, 40GB 7200rpm drives can be had for only $80 and less, and you can get 60-80GB for $100 (and these aren't generic...WD, seagate, IBM etc). at $100 i won't buy sony's. by the time it's out i figure it'll only be worth $50 to me.
If one is available in Japan now, will it work in a US system? I wouldn't think there'd be compatability/region issues with a hard drive. mike.
BTW, I think the drive will have to be no more than $50 when it hits the states. I don't think higher priced units will sell. (PS2 $200 + $40 broadband adapter + $100 40gb hard drive = $340! XBOX with broadband and hard drive = $200. hmm....) mike.
It's silly to specualte. I'd agree that $100 is really high. I doubt the official PS2 will be 7200 RPM either, they run to hot and the expansion bay doesn't have a whole lot of ventilation. According to PSM the network adapter is built to interface with, basically, a standard IDE PC hard drive. Who knows how this will shake out. If a Sony branded HDD does hit in the US I'm thinking the price will probably be in the $75 range at most. But Sony could sell them at a loss. Or they could just let people buy their own hard drives and have games that support it all come with the required formating software/firmware update. But there's no solid details so it's a little early to get pissy about price.
There was an article on the PS2 hard drive on IGN today.
I own a PS2 and with a HDD this late in the game I totally expect it to flop. Even at $50. Unless they make a killer app that needs it to run (and I'm not talking about Final Fantasy online), then maybe they can salvage it.
All I say is,name one add-on item for a system that has worked. I don't think the PS2 HD is gonna sell in big numbers. Not even for FFXI.
There is one very simple deciding factor for me as to whether I will purchase a PS2 hard drive (if it ever comes out). That factor is whether or not you can save your games/progress onto the hard drive. If Sony will not allow gamers to save games/progress onto the hard drive (as was previously reported) then I don't see any reason whatsoever to spend the money on the add-on. Heres a question though..If the Hard Drive is not released in the good old US of A, how exactly are PS2 owners going to play FFXI which requires the hard drive for patching? I dont see how Sony could not release the hard drive. If they don't thats going to create a major problem for Squaresoft. Furthermore, upon reading reports that the new Everquest game for the PS2 will not require a hard drive I am curious as to how they will update the game? MMORPG's are extremely complex and require months of character class balancing, bug fixes, stability and network updates. I honestly dont see how they are going to make this work, beyong having the updates save to a memory card (*scary*). I guess we once again play the waiting game....