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PlayStation 3 Filling Up Quickly With Mandatory HDD Installs

When we first learned that some developers would be utilizing the PlayStation 3's HDD to install game data, we figured this would be a good idea. It would decrease load times and increase the seamlessness of the gameplay. However, things may be spiraling a bit out of control...

We already know that Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots has a 4.6GB mandatory install, and now, we've just learned that The Bourne Conspiracy has a 5GB install. Before this time, some installations have been either optional or relatively small, but with this much game data, we might run out of space very soon. Even if you have the 80GB hard drive, you're already looking at almost 10 gigs with just MGS4 and Bourne Conspiracy. Furthermore, Sony has been saying for quite some time that their next-gen platform has a 10-year life span; we're only a year and a half in, and a decent-sized chunk of our HD could already be occupied. Now, we're not sure if large mandatory installs will be so frequent in the future, and we know you can always upgrade the hard drive, but even so...

And we're not even talking about any other things you may want to put on your hard drive. Perhaps this is where we start hearing more rumors about another PS3 model with a massive 120GB hard drive, but in the meantime, we're starting to look down the road a bit. How many more of these 5GB mandatory installs can we endure?

Related Game(s): The Bourne Conspiracy

6/4/2008 Ben Dutka

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Comments (15 posts)

Zapix
Wednesday, June 04, 2008 @ 10:22:18 PM
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makes me glad I went with the 80gb PS3.

My guess is, this will remain frequent. I'm sure the common view will be for now, 'just uninstall the games you're not playing' ... Which is funny, because with companies trying to promote digital media, downloadable games, updates, addons, etc... Just more ways to fill a harddrive even faster. Better solutions are a must.

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Tatsujin
Wednesday, June 04, 2008 @ 11:17:18 PM

I feel extremely happy that I got the 60G for the sole reason that it has full b/c for PS1 and PS2, and I can switch out the HDD for whatever I want (Currently planning on a 300GB unless a bigger HDD it's scale comes out) And, the way it's turning out to be, HDD Mandatory installs are going to be a must rather than a need in the near future. It's just the change of games, everything is changing... even my computer, it's slowing down as I typ!!! haha

P.S. I know you can change all the HDD for all the SKU's of the Playstation 3 Brand, k? -_-'

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Schmitty
Wednesday, June 04, 2008 @ 10:38:07 PM
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for me it will be the same as what i did with ps2

i beat the game then trade it in/delete the game saves and info. But thats just me, i dont play games for months and months (usually). I have the original 40 gig which is pretty small but im not worried. But for someone that never gets sick of games this might turn out to be a problem.

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aaronisbla
Wednesday, June 04, 2008 @ 10:39:12 PM
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Although i have a 40 gb ps3, i cant see myself being too worried about this at all. At least for me, i play games in cycles, with this new MGS4 probably remaining in my cycle for quite some time.

I have already erased the install for DMC4, since i most likely wont be playing that game again for a extremely long time, unless they release some form of DLC, which has been said to not happen.

Erasing the install doesnt erase the saved data, so i can live with that, but i most likely will have to get a bigger hard drvie

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dillonthebunny
Thursday, June 05, 2008 @ 6:51:52 AM
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all Sony has to do is sell internal HDD's for buttons, then no one would care.

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kj313
Thursday, June 05, 2008 @ 7:46:32 AM
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This issnt a big deal at all. If you buy enough games where the mandatory install takes up all you space. Then it shouldn't be a problem to just go out and/or buy another HDD.

I agree wit schmitty I beat games and then trade them in. The only games I hold onto for half a year are sports games.

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pavlovic
Thursday, June 05, 2008 @ 8:45:23 AM
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With the downloadable games (specially GT5P), mandatory installs, videos and game saves I only have 18GB left out of 60. Next week I will upgrade my HDD.

When I first see the 60GB HDD I tought it would never be full...

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erislocker
Thursday, June 05, 2008 @ 9:06:38 AM
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i have a 60GB PS3 (not launch, and quite happy with the decision -> b/c).
i'm planning in the relative near future to exchange my HDD for a massive one (300 GB or something like that...

but how do i back up all the data?
any of you know a site that tells you exactly what to do to exchange the HD in a smart way and transfer all the data?

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ThePoetRazel
Thursday, June 05, 2008 @ 9:53:56 AM

There's a backup facility on the PS3's menu. just use that to backup to an external HDD.

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erislocker
Thursday, June 05, 2008 @ 9:56:00 AM

great thanks

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Odd Child
Thursday, June 05, 2008 @ 10:49:06 AM

this may help :

http://www.gamespot.com/features/6176090/index.html

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bhindi_bhaji
Thursday, June 05, 2008 @ 10:04:10 AM
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When you change the hard drive by aware that the screws that hold it in are VERY soft, the best thing to do is to loosen them first with pliers, otherwise the head may just end up with a round hole in it!!

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OtisFeelgood
Thursday, June 05, 2008 @ 10:14:53 AM
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I have a 40GB PS3 with a 250GB harddrive installed in it so I'm not too worried about space filling up....yet. ;\

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Odd Child
Thursday, June 05, 2008 @ 11:09:04 AM
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Soon everyones gonna be upgrading cause they don't have enough. Me I don't really delete any game saves or install files, I'm thinking about upgrading to the 320 Gig HDD.

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zbug06
Thursday, June 05, 2008 @ 5:32:41 PM
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i have a 60 gb ps3 hooked to a 300 gb external, its holdin all my ps2 & ps3 games so im really not worried

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