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

By Jamie Pert - Aug 11, 2011

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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