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February 2, 2010 // 4:16 pm - In order to accomodate the Torne digital TV recorder add-on announced for Japan, Sony's PS3 will be getting an officially licensed 500GB external hard drive next month.

PC hardware maker Buffalo announced today news of two external hard drives that have been granted official recognition from Sony, which apparently is the first time Sony has granted licensing to hard drive peripherals.

To quote: "Both drives have 500GB capacity and connect to the PS3 via an included USB 2.0 cable. The 14,800 Piano Black HD-AV500U2/SC sits horizontally and has a meter on its front showing remaining space.

The 11,800 Black HD-CL500U2/SC stands vertically but lacks the meter. They're both pre-formatted in a FAT32 format, allowing for immediate connection to the PS3.

In addition to being used as an external recording device for Torne, the drives can also be used for backup and restore of the PS3's internal hard drive, and for saving and playback of videos, pictures and music."

Sony's PS3 to Get Officially Licensed 500GB External Hard Drive

Sony's PS3 to Get Officially Licensed 500GB External Hard Drive

Sony's PS3 to Get Officially Licensed 500GB External Hard Drive

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#13 - soultrane - April 20, 2010 // 6:50 pm
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The 4GB rule is a filesystem limitation. Whatever software uses these drives would have to handle spanning across multiple files to access more than 4GB. The FAT limitation should not present a problem to the software mentioned in the advertisement.

#12 - bazza980 - February 6, 2010 // 12:57 pm
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this sounds just like a sky+ box with a 500gig internal might be wrong.. just a thought. I can't see them having an external hdd for fear of sharing tv programs lol.

#11 - HomePS3guy - February 5, 2010 // 5:11 pm
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did i miss something, or any idea on price in there?

#10 - e1ace - February 5, 2010 // 6:15 am
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Quote Originally Posted by Kellog View Post
Is the ext supported only in Linux mode ? I have some HD recordings in my ps3 and it's annoying I can not store them to my 1TB USB drive because of Fat32 filesize limitation (5GB & 9,5 GB files).
I think the ext is only supported in Linux. For the larger HD recording you going to have to stream them over the network. Try PS3 media server.

#9 - Kellog - February 4, 2010 // 5:45 am
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Quote Originally Posted by zhixiang View Post
I would expect the official licensed product to support single file bigger than 4gb. This would be very handy when watching x.264 HD video on PS3. But this is pricy for a 500gb external HDD. One is paying extra $$$ for the so-called officially licensed product. In my opinion, not worth the money at all.

Is the ext supported only in Linux mode ? I have some HD recordings in my ps3 and it's annoying I can not store them to my 1TB USB drive because of Fat32 filesize limitation (5GB & 9,5 GB files).

#8 - inginear - February 3, 2010 // 4:59 pm
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Quote Originally Posted by Transient View Post
I was excited right up until I read that. I thought for a minute this meant they'd finally be adding NTFS/exFAT/EXT2 or some other format that allows large files.


i was excited until i read that they were officially licensed. that usually means that you would pay more for the same item then you would if it was not licensed. just look at what people have to pay for the "licensed"/proprietary xbox360 hdds.

sony would be shooting themselves in the foot to make users buy a licensed hdd for use with the new video recorder. i was excited when the playtv and torne were announced/released, however if i have to buy a particular hdd add-on to make the best use of the recorder i will not be buying the recorder. if they even release it here in the states.

#7 - Transient - February 3, 2010 // 9:55 am
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Quote Originally Posted by PS3 News View Post
They're both pre-formatted in a FAT32 format, allowing for immediate connection to the PS3.


I was excited right up until I read that. I thought for a minute this meant they'd finally be adding NTFS/exFAT/EXT2 or some other format that allows large files.

#6 - rickylyh - February 2, 2010 // 11:26 pm
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if they make docking look to fit ps3 is more cool

#5 - rotaholic - February 2, 2010 // 9:47 pm
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Please allow ntfs, its a pain in the arse to upload all my big files via media server and not via usb.

#4 - zhixiang - February 2, 2010 // 7:18 pm
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I would expect the official licensed product to support single file bigger than 4gb. This would be very handy when watching x.264 HD video on PS3. But this is pricy for a 500gb external HDD. One is paying extra $$$ for the so-called officially licensed product. In my opinion, not worth the money at all.