PS2 Hardrive

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  1. Oscar_R

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    The imminent release of Final Fantasy whatever next week got me thinking about the PS2 hardrive attachment. Wasn't this the first game to officially support it? What's it supposed to do? Please someone tell me something else besides faster loadtimes...... it costs nearly $150 in Japan! When's it being relelased here?
     
  2. Morgan Jolley

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    Its pretty much like the X-Box HDD, only a little slower, you actually install games onto it to reduce load times instead of just using it for temporary storage, and won't be widely supported.

    FFX uses it for temporary data storage by installing the game onto it to reduce load times, but not for saving.

    It was supposed to be out in November, now in January, now the spring, AFAIK.
     
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    Does one have to have a hard drive to play FFX, then? Or is it more of a nice feature than a necessity?
     
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    haven't heard anythign about that OR the ethernet card.......
     
  8. Morgan Jolley

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    The HDD is only slower because it is not built-in like the X-Box one. It will still run fine, especially since it goes inside the unit.

    I think the modem is actually a 56k and Ethernet card in one and plugs into the back of the console and keeps the HDD inside, just like the piece that is there does already.
     
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    From what I've read a 7200 RPM hard drive makes the Xbox overheat real quick like.

    As for the PS2 hard drive the external model is only for Japan. All the US PS2s have an open bay for the hard drive expansion. In either case I believe it actually uses a PCMCIA interface (like found on laptops). Not USB or Firewise, I don't know what kind of speed limitations, if any, will be posed though. On the plus side the PS2 HDD will be a 40 gig job. Pretty good, if you ask me.
     
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    I just want to make my own soundtrack for the next Gran Turismo game. If they do that with the HD, I'm sold!
     
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    Does qanyone know if they plan to offer a bundle package with the harddrive and FFX? That would be their strongest upcoming title to use the HD and would offer their best chance at maximizing HD installs.
     
  15. Morgan Jolley

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    They were going to, I think, but since the HDD isn't ready, I doubt it. It probably would have cost around $500 anyway.

    The HDD is rumored to be a minimum of around $100.
     
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    I can buy a 40 GB, 7200 RPM hard drive today for $90. I don't see how a single game and a 40 gigger 5400 RPM drive would add $200 to an already inflated PS2 price tag. They don't even have to put the PS2 harddrive in a fancy case like the external version in Japan. I wouldn't be surprised if next year they start selling PS2s exclusively with the hard drive and network adapter at the $299 price point. It would go a long way towards combating MS's HDD/NIC argument if suddenly the PS2 had ethernet, a modem and a hard drive five times larger than the Xbox at the same price.
     
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    The HDD will probably be around $100, the ethernet modem is $40, and a game would be $50. So $200 for all 3, plus the price of a console, would make $500. $300 for PS2/HDD/Modem would be stupid since they would be losing even more money.
     
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    The Sony Hard drive is already out in Japan, yes? No? If yes, how much is it selling there and does it have the ehternet with it?
     
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