PS4 / Xbox 720 decisions : SSD vs HDD, capacity or performance?

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A few days ago we posted an article which told you that the Xbox 360 version of RAGE would use 22GB of space if you installed the game locally, at the bottom of this post we asked people how much storage next-gen console would need, now we have received over 1000 votes which means we can gain some insight from the results.

At the time of this post 1,052 votes had been cast, out of these 770 people wanted 500GB of storage or more, 132 wanted 250GB – 500GB, 112 people wanted a low capacity SSD instead of a large HDD and just 38 people thought 250GB was adequate.

As you can see roughly 86% of votes want over 250GB of storage, whilst this is understandable we were quite shocked to see that just 11% of people wanted a low capacity SSD instead of a large HDD – do you guys no how much of an improvement solid-state-disks offer when compared to hard disk drives? Locally installed content would load a lot faster!

Currently SSDs are much more expensive per gigabyte than HDDs, however prices are dropping and speeds just keep getting faster and faster – also you must not forget that most SSDs have lower power consumption than most HDDs, also all SSDs are silent. We think that by the time Sony and Microsoft finalize their next-gen consoles SSDs will be much cheaper, but we doubt that they will be anywhere near the price of large capacity HDDs.

We really think console manufacturers have a tough choice to make, do they save money and give their next-gen consoles a huge amount of storage and ignore the fact that SSD is much faster, or do they decide that performance is more important and sacrifice storage space in favor of super-fast read and write speeds – we wouldn’t like to make the choice.

I guess that the PS4 and Xbox 720 could make the user decide, in fact we think this is a win-win situation, some gamers will be interested in downloading a huge amount of content, therefore they could opt for a HDD option, whilst those who want faster load times could sacrifice storage space in favor of performance could choose an SSD – for some gamers this will be a tough choice to make.

We like discussions about such matters, therefore feel free to share your opinions below, this time round we will ask a different question in our poll – instead of asking you what you want, we want to know what you think Sony and Microsoft will decide.

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  • Anonymous

    i think you cant have the option of having HDD and SSD at the same time gotta choose one,
     it’s like RED or BLUE

    • Shawn Robeck

      “i think you cant have the option of having HDD and SSD at the same time gotta choose one, it’s like RED or BLUE”

      ya i agree. consoles want every last detail of hardware to be the same for everyone with good reason. most all game devs want to save some $$ when they can. so if the ps4/720 game u a choice of sdd or hdd, then most every game wud be slowed down to be compatible with the inferior hdd speeds to save time/$$ on checking for bugs compatibility with the sdd drives.

  • Anonymous

    the way I see it we do need both, because in the end its preference. However I think they should take the apple approach example would be the macbook air integrated memory up to 256gb. Now thats pretty decent for integrated memory not to mention how little room it’ll take up because there is not SSD encasing. At the same time, there can still be a hard drive bay for those that need the terabyte of data (or whatever). So the games that are more demanding in speed same something like inFamous 2 or Midnight Club L.A. which are both out on PSN as downloadable full titles, they can be placed on the integrated memory, but maybe you’re PS1 games or, PS2 HD downloaded titles or just simply you’re music and movies can be on you’re hard drive. on top of that you’re hard drive could even be another SSD. 

    Where this is coming from is the need for instant access, and example the iPad, you click and slide to unlock and you’re ready to go instantly. The current consoles take there time booting up, so I’d imagine a sleep mode becoming a reality for consoles and even something like an instant on. Also compression technologies, and hardware speeds are going up, so the future of technology can only get more and more convenient.

    • Srobeck77

      Pretty sure you couldnt have your cake and eat it too with having both a sdd and hdd running at the same time. The heat/energy costs would be higher, plus w/e type of operating system for the ps4/720 needs to be running on the sdd, so again your playing with compatability issuses when consoles strive to run without any hardware conflicts.

    • Srobeck77

      Pretty sure you couldnt have your cake and eat it too with having both a sdd and hdd running at the same time. The heat/energy costs would be higher, plus w/e type of operating system for the ps4/720 needs to be running on the sdd, so again your playing with compatability issuses when consoles strive to run without any hardware conflicts.

  • Anonymous

    the way I see it we do need both, because in the end its preference. However I think they should take the apple approach example would be the macbook air integrated memory up to 256gb. Now thats pretty decent for integrated memory not to mention how little room it’ll take up because there is not SSD encasing. At the same time, there can still be a hard drive bay for those that need the terabyte of data (or whatever). So the games that are more demanding in speed same something like inFamous 2 or Midnight Club L.A. which are both out on PSN as downloadable full titles, they can be placed on the integrated memory, but maybe you’re PS1 games or, PS2 HD downloaded titles or just simply you’re music and movies can be on you’re hard drive. on top of that you’re hard drive could even be another SSD. 

    Where this is coming from is the need for instant access, and example the iPad, you click and slide to unlock and you’re ready to go instantly. The current consoles take there time booting up, so I’d imagine a sleep mode becoming a reality for consoles and even something like an instant on. Also compression technologies, and hardware speeds are going up, so the future of technology can only get more and more convenient.

  • Anonymous

    the way I see it we do need both, because in the end its preference. However I think they should take the apple approach example would be the macbook air integrated memory up to 256gb. Now thats pretty decent for integrated memory not to mention how little room it’ll take up because there is not SSD encasing. At the same time, there can still be a hard drive bay for those that need the terabyte of data (or whatever). So the games that are more demanding in speed same something like inFamous 2 or Midnight Club L.A. which are both out on PSN as downloadable full titles, they can be placed on the integrated memory, but maybe you’re PS1 games or, PS2 HD downloaded titles or just simply you’re music and movies can be on you’re hard drive. on top of that you’re hard drive could even be another SSD. 

    Where this is coming from is the need for instant access, and example the iPad, you click and slide to unlock and you’re ready to go instantly. The current consoles take there time booting up, so I’d imagine a sleep mode becoming a reality for consoles and even something like an instant on. Also compression technologies, and hardware speeds are going up, so the future of technology can only get more and more convenient.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/LordCancer-Kain/100001213190354 LordCancer Kain

    what about 7200 rpm drives and sata 6Gbit/s? microsoft and sony simply need to make hdd  standard and allow users to swap in whatever style, speed, size they prefer. this method is best for users and developers.

  • sdg

    why not both, a 250gb ssd+ 1tb/500gb hdd

  • Fred Palmer Jr

    I’ll say this about SSD’s. I have a mid range gaming PC with an upgraded Hyper X SSD. And it takes it from push of power button to being on the internet,.. In 42 seconds!! I will always take the availability of a SSD when ever given .. Amen