Well, the next generation are about to be released among the public and we’re all about to get our first taste of what the future holds. So, with only a couple of weeks to go I thought I’d do a couple last articles before the consoles release, detailing and talking about some of the features or choices made with the next generation. This time it’s about storage, though there are a few glitches in this department. This new set of consoles is supposed to represent the future.
Trouble is, that future is looking a lot like past generations, expensive and often time-consuming upgrades to your console, possibly from day one.
Lets look at it from the last generation. The Xbox 360 and PS3 both released with some pretty silly hard drives, the Xbox even took the no hard drive approach a couple of times. With some games even than happy to eat up 10-15 GB of space for a simple install or HD textures pack, those original hard drives filled up quick. The 20, 40 and 60GB’s fell to the mighty 120, 250 and finally the 500GB hard drives that ruled the roust. Trouble is, nothing nowadays takes up too much space. Most games never got past 20GB, they were kept in check by the simple fact that not everybody could upgrade the hard drives, which meant you could put off customers by setting the install too high.
Each and every generation seems to have a similar issue. Memory cards for the original PlayStation were expensive and notorious for filling up quick. A game of Xcom would often fill 11 slots on a PS1 memory card, that’s 11 out of 15 slots gone already.
The struggle for the companies making these systems is to make them attractive and cheap, my problem with that is price per GB has never been cheaper in all of history. If a 500GB is possible in current PS3’s, why is a 1TB not possible in the PS4 from the get go.
My only thought originally on this was the possibility that the new systems could be using SSD drives, which would hamper any increase in space almost doubling if not tripling the price to upgrade. SSD’s are quick and longer lasting due to no moving parts, but there price has yet to really hit the point where large storage is comparable to non-SSD options. However, a quick skim of the specs for the PS4 at least, shows a spin time of 5400RPM, which means it’s a bog standard laptop hard disk.
With each game going to take up between 25-50GB, how long will it be before the hard disk is full and you’ll be deleting game data to make room for more?
The PS4 at the moment has the lead with the ability to upgrade day one. The Xbox One has promised an update that will allow external USB storage to pick up the slack, not the best of ideas but it may cover them for a while.
Let me know your thoughts on this.