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There is an interesting article down at Eurogamer which covers the possible benefits of upgrading a PS3 with a solid state drive. Those who know me can guess that I am snickering while crossing another perceived advantage off of my console versus PC list. Still, if for some reason you want to play exclusives to a disposable platform that are only exclusive because you let them be and you desire to upgrade your experience, check out the interesting article.

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Isn’t “not needing to do this” the whole reason for having a console?

Consoles titles are naturally becoming as hard drive-intensive as they are allowed to be due to their abysmally small quantity of RAM. Developers have been using tricks to increase the usefulness of their available RAM such as disallowing split screen, streaming content as needed, and rendering at low resolutions.

The first Halo, for instance, was famous for their quick load times. The load speed is due in part to having their game assets copied multiple times on the disk which allows choice in loading whichever copy requires the least seek time to access. Also, having a hard drive helped Halo too.

The article itself focuses mostly on RAGE and Skyrim due to their harsh issues with lag and pop-in. Skyrim has had known issues with getting progressively worse as time progressed. This issue was mostly corrected in version 2.03 as was also demonstrated in Eurogamer’s article making an SSD almost unnecessary, but prior to 2.03 an SSD surprisingly helped substantially with the problem. It should also be no surprise that throwing faster storage at RAGE helped immensely just as it does on the PC.

If you were considering upgrading to a faster drive for your Sony console be sure to check out Eurogamer -- or the new Hardware Leaderboard and just play on the PC.
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Found the embedded articles just as good. I also didn't know an SSD could improve the quality in a console at all, i guess you learn something new everyday.
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just play on a pc
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Hmm, I've got a spare SSD... Might as well.
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I lol'd at their 'just play on the PC' link, suggesting I had spent $2500 in 8 years on my Xbox vs. $2000 in 8 years on PC. If I had purchased the same amount of games for both my PC and Xbox over the last 8 years, my three PCs along (with no games) have cost me around $5000, I've purchased two Xboxes in that time, one for $300, and another for $200. In that time I've had Xbox Live for 6 years ($300), and if we pretend that all console games always cost $10 more at release time than PC, and the fact that I own about 30 Xbox games, that's another $300. So all together Xbox vs PC is right about $1100 vs $5000.

Interesting article though, hope the next-gen consoles have at least 120GB SSDs, instead of 500GB hard drives.
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Since I already have one for PC, my next SSD will be for my PS3.
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I lol'd at their 'just play on the PC' link, suggesting I had spent $2500 in 8 years on my Xbox vs. $2000 in 8 years on PC. If I had purchased the same amount of games for both my PC and Xbox over the last 8 years, my three PCs along (with no games) have cost me around $5000, I've purchased two Xboxes in that time, one for $300, and another for $200. In that time I've had Xbox Live for 6 years ($300), and if we pretend that all console games always cost $10 more at release time than PC, and the fact that I own about 30 Xbox games, that's another $300. So all together Xbox vs PC is right about $1100 vs $5000.
Interesting article though, hope the next-gen consoles have at least 120GB SSDs, instead of 500GB hard drives.

Didn't you know that PC is superior to console as a gaming platform in every possible way, regardless of logic or circumstance?
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Didn't you know that PC is superior to console as a gaming platform in every possible way, regardless of logic or circumstance?
It's better for graphics but not for playing with real friends. I really don't like articles like this though, consoles do a great job of attracting children, racists and other unwanted people leaving a generally more mature audience playing on the PC. Obviously there's still a lot that get through but no one should be encouraging this behavior.
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Read the original article from Eurogamer for the useful information, rather than the troll bait article posted on pcper.
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I don't understand? why? is there not enough memory to fill on the PS3? does it fill the memory up and then need the HDD for the rest of the information/files?

I know for a fact that you don't get any better performance on a PC with a SSD... the game will load faster but it will not give you better "frames per sec."/FPS or better pictures... again this is saying you have 4GB+ of RAM.

I went from a cheapo HDD to a SSD that was over 100x faster and didn't notice anything other than I get into games quicker and load maps faster.
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I lol'd at their 'just play on the PC' link, suggesting I had spent $2500 in 8 years on my Xbox vs. $2000 in 8 years on PC. If I had purchased the same amount of games for both my PC and Xbox over the last 8 years, my three PCs along (with no games) have cost me around $5000, I've purchased two Xboxes in that time, one for $300, and another for $200. In that time I've had Xbox Live for 6 years ($300), and if we pretend that all console games always cost $10 more at release time than PC, and the fact that I own about 30 Xbox games, that's another $300. So all together Xbox vs PC is right about $1100 vs $5000.
Interesting article though, hope the next-gen consoles have at least 120GB SSDs, instead of 500GB hard drives.



Your comparing 3 PC's to 1 Xbox and your saying PC is more expensive? I'm not sure what you're arguing here.
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