What with all the hoo-hah this week about Microsoft?s all-singing, all-prancing new Elite Xbox 360 model
, SPOnG decided to do a little bit of research into expanding the capacity of our shiny new PS3?s hard drive.
What we found out was a rather pleasant surprise, as one can pick up a PS3-compatible 120 GB Fujitsu drive from Scan Computers online
for a measly £46.40, including value added tax. Now that?s what we call a bargain!
So, how easy would it be for your standard ?tech-tard? to fit one of these?
SPOnG?s resident "tech-spert" (sorry!), Gavin informs us that it?s fairly simple, as there are clear instructions in the PS3 manual.
?You merely pop the PS3?s cover, unscrew a screw, pull to one side and slide out the current hard drive. You then unscrew 4 screws, take the cradle and put in the new drive, screw the 4 screws back on and pop the cover back on. Job done.? Gavin informs us.
This will NOT void your PS3's warranty, providing you don't damage anything when fitting it by being cack-handed. For a full pictorial guide you can check pages 16-18 off the official PS3 manual
, which clearly states that only "Improper removal or installation...may void your PS3 hardware warranty."
However, it will give you a whopping great 120GB's of memory to store more games, movies, photos and music than you can shake a stick at.