Making Room for MGS4

As a professional Hardcore Casual Gamer, I have the distinct pleasure of having the cash to indulge in my digital hobby with abandon. So I usually have the latest stuff pretty early, since I’m an impatient bastard with some cash. My PS3’s been around for about two years already, bought back then in anticipation of the release of Virtua Fighter 5 (which at the time I thought was the fighting game to end all fighting games). Since then, I’ve waited and waited, and as of this writing I still feel I haven’t played the console to my satisfaction yet. I mean, Tekken Dark Resurrection is just a HD port of an OLD fighter, and the downloaded demos are fun distractions… but not yet have I seen the PS3’s power as a console by itself in a game that blows my socks off and tells me plainly, THIS IS PS3.

Well, that should change in a few weeks, when the first, real definitive PS3 stunner hits- Metal Gear Solid 4 is on the way, and I’m sure this will make my PS3 worth all the money I spent for it. Unfortunately, I had to go and spend quite a bit more though before MGS4 arrives- a little caveat that comes with Next-Gen (well, Now-Gen) gaming has apparently been revealed in full tilt with the latest batch of games. Optional/Mandatory Installs to the Hard Drive. VF5 had it, Ninja Gaiden Sigma had it, Grand Theft Auto IV has it, and yes, the upcoming MGS4 will require a 4.6 Gig Install when you initially insert it, no doubt in order to get the game running as smoothly and as cinematically as Hideo Kojima and company intend it.

Well, my PS3 initially came as a 20-Gig unit, and with just VF5 and NG Sigma and a few loaded vids and downloaded games (Tekken DR, Pixeljunk Monsters, MK2), there was only about 3 Gig of free space left. And so, I had to bite the bullet again and upgrade or miss out on the cream of PS3 gaming.

Buying a new PS3 was, of course, out of the question and impractical. My PS3 is Japanese, and can play PS1 and PS2 titles, and should be more durable than newer models. I wanted to keep it, so the thing to do was simply upgrade the hard drive. The method is simple- all you really need is a replacement (and naturally larger) hard drive- a 2.5 SATA Drive (the kind used for laptops) of any size will do, though preferably it should run 5400 rpm to match the PS3’s original speed (faster would supposedly improve load times but may potentially cause overheating issues… something unproven, so try and submit that to the Mythbusters, why don’t you). The hardest part really is having the cash to buy a new, large-capacity HD. Once you have it, all that’s left is to back up your data on the PS3 (again, you will need a separate USB-port storage device for this, another thing to do) and then manually remove the original drive (Philips screwdriver time), replace it with your new drive, and voila.

And so, I now have in my possession a nice 200+ Gig PS3. That’s enough space to last me till the PS4 comes out, I think. Heck, I can, if I could, load in the entire MGS4 disc onto my drive and run it from there. Anyway, now I have room for all the demos I can download, a library of vids, pics and music and then some. It cost a bit, but it should pay off when the biggies- MGS4, Soulcalibur IV, Fallout 3, Tekken 6… the list goes on- arrive.

The bed’s made. Now, all I need is for the games to share it with. The first game will be Grand Theft Auto IV, which I bought with the new HD. That will, hopefully, keep me busy and occupied as I wait for MGS4. I’m ready, Konami. Bring it on!


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