February 10th, 2006, 22:33
Among the many mysteries swirling around the PS3, one that we thought was settled was the hard drive. Or rather, the lack thereof. After all, Ken Kutaragi himself confirmed all the way back in June of last year that the PS3 would ship without an internal hard drive, saying that "no matter how much [capacity] we put in it, it won't be enough." And since then, all credible reports pointed to the idea that a hard drive would be an option, not a bundled feature. However, we were struck by the statement in a BusinessWeek article about the PS3 that the console would boast "a huge hard disk to store photos, music, and TV shows." Given that the article appears to get just about everything else right, and was written by Japan-based reporter Kenji Hall -- who apparently had direct access to Sony brass -- it would seem odd for this to be simply a mistake. (And Hall seems to know his Sony history, pointing out elsewhere in the article that the failed PSX did have a hard drive). It looks like the case of the PS3 hard drive goes back into the unsolved mysteries file for now.