Think I'm gonna buy one. I'm not a huge gamer and won't have a massive library, which poses a question.
The piddlingly small 12gb version is £140. The 500gb is £240. I'm wondering if I'm best off grabbing an external hard drive (a 2tb one can be had for the price difference betwixt the 12gb and 500gb version) and using that with the 12gb.
As best I can tell, there's no huge problem, except that it has to be FAT32 and so can't store chunks bigger than whatever FAT32's file size limit is (like 4gb or so, isn't it?). I'm assuming the PS3's internal drive uses FAT32 too, and that all game files conform to the size limit. But is that wrong? If I want to install more than two games, can I go this route, or do I have to buy the 500gb version?
I dont know about the new slimlines, but the older ones just use a standard laptop drive. Worth looking into.
If you want to install more than 2 games, you'll need more than the 12gb version, but you may be able to upgrade yourself. I don't know that you stand to save much installing to an external hdd, or if the PS3 even allows that. It might load games internal only as some sort of anti piracy measure or something.