PS3 500Gb HDD vs 12Gb flash

Discussion in 'Console Games' started by Dr. McKay, Dec 6, 2013.

  1. Dr. McKay macrumors 6502a

    Jan 20, 2010
    Belgium, Europe
    Will probably be buing a PS3 this weekend. However, some questions remain.
    The PS3 comes with a 500Gb hard drive which is used for demo games, save games and game installs.
    Does installing a game improve performance ? I don't mean FPS but at least loading times should be shorter.
    Can you install all games ? Are there games that you HAVE to install or can you run any game from disc ?
    Should I even consider the PS3 with 12Gb flash storage ? If these are such a bad thing, why is Sony even selling them ?
  2. MRU Suspended


    Aug 23, 2005
    No.... you can't choose to install 'ANY' game.

    Yes.. Some games however require 'mandatory' installs and you only need to have a few with mandatory installs and you will have used up that disc space.


    Get the 500GB unless you plan on buying the 12GB and installing a hybrid SSD drive for example.

    The 12GB model exists only to offer consumers a PS3 at a cheaper price, but it's simply not enough imho.
  3. Miharu macrumors 6502


    Aug 12, 2007
    The only reason to buy the 12 Gb version is if you have a spare hard drive lying around the house somewhere. And even then, you have to buy a "hard drive bracket" that costs like 10€. Otherwise you can't use a hard drive on it. Just go with the 500 Gb version :) Those 12 Gb will only be good for game saves and some very small PSN games. If you have a downloadable game that is 6 Gb in size, the PS3 will need 12 Gb to install it and it won't work (you don't really even have the full 12 Gb at your disposal anyway)
  4. gkarris macrumors 604


    Dec 31, 2004
    "No escape from Reality..."
    Can you use an external?

    Can you use a USB Thumb Drive?
  5. Dr. McKay thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 20, 2010
    Belgium, Europe
    I've got an external 1Tb drive I don't use (USB 2). Can you use that with a PS3 ?
  6. e²Studios macrumors 68020


    Apr 12, 2005
    Not for games or any of the installs that they may need, those are only stored on the internal HD.

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