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Sony is Now Offering 250GB PS3 HDD Upgrade Service in Japan

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230w ago - Today Andriasang.com (linked above) reports that Sony has started a [Register or Login to view links] in Japan for those who are seeking to swap their current PlayStation 3 hard disk drive for a fee.

For the price of ¥18,000 (~$184), Japanese gamers can to send their PS3 directly to Sony who will upgrade the system's hard drive to a 250GB model, and move all the content of the previous drive across. They'll then send your system (and old PS3 hard drive) back to you.

To quote: "For ¥18,000 (~$184), Sony will upgrade your current PS3 to a 250 gigabyte hard drive. The cost includes the hard drive and all labor for swapping the drives and moving over your system software and all content from your current hard drive. Sony will even return the current hard drive to you.

The program works with the following PS3 models:

• CECHA00 (60GB)
• CECHB00 (20GB)
• CECHH00 (40GB)
• CECHL00 (80GB)
• CECHQ00 (160GB)
• CECH-2000A (120GB)

For further details, including a step-by-step guide to placing an order and shipping out your PS3, see Sony's hard drive swap service page."
 

Record of Agarest War Hits PSN, Requires 10GB PS3 HDD Space

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230w ago - Today Examiner.com (linked above) reports that Record of Agarest War is hitting PSN this Thursday, however, they note it will require nearly 10GB of PS3 HDD space to install and close to 18GB of hard disk drive space to begin the download.

To quote: "PS3 owners will have the ability to purchase the game via PSN and download it right to their PS3 for safe storage. If you plan to buy it from the PSN Store this week, be prepared for a lengthy download and huge file size.

Record of Agarest War for the PS3 totals at 9228MB, but you'll need close to 18GB of space to begin the download. This download will take gamers a long time to complete - with it ranging based on your own connection speed.

At this moment, the estimated time for the download is a few hours on our connection."
 

God Of War III for PS3 Requires Only 5MB of PS3 HDD Space

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242w ago - Unlike Heavy Rain, the recently released back boxart from [Register or Login to view links] for God Of War III reveals that just 5MB of PS3 HDD Space is required for game save functionality only as [Register or Login to view links] by Christer Ericson.

Other God Of War III PlayStation 3 exclusive details unveiled include Add-On Content, 1080i support, Mature rating (Intense Violence, Nudity and Strong Sexual Content) and "Making Of" Documentaries.

To quote: "As seen on the back cover, God of War III will support three resolutions: 480P, 720P and 1080i.

Furthermore, 5 MB of hard drive space is required. It also states that the game will have Add-On Content, Challenge of Olympus, "Making of" Documentaries and other features."

God Of War III for PS3 is currently available on pre-order for $59.99 and will begin shipping on March 16, 2010.
 

Heavy Rain Includes Mandatory 4.2GB PS3 HDD Installation

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242w ago - A few weeks ago the Heavy Rain front boxart was released, and today [Register or Login to view links] has made available the back boxart which reveals a mandatory 4.2GB PS3 HDD installation.

For those curious, Sony has also confirmed that they will offer a Heavy Rain alternate PS3 box art print out on launch.

To quote from JustPushStart.com (linked above): "You might want to save an extra 4.2GB of space in your hard drive as the game will REQUIRE (as the game boxart suggests) you to install the game's data in order to proceed.

It sure is a lot of space but as you are waiting for the data to install in your hard drive, there will be a guide showing you on how to make a Swan Origami (as featured in the game) while you're waiting for the game to install."

Heavy Rain pre-orders are now available for $59.99 and the PlayStation 3 title is scheduled to ship on February 23, 2010.
 

Bayonetta PS3 HDD Patch Arrives, Remedies Loading Times

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243w ago - Today Sega has released a Bayonetta PS3 HDD patch, which remedies the video game's loading times. Surprisingly, the patch was actually made by Sony and not Sega.

The new patch will enable players to install the game directly onto the PS3's hard drive, reducing the game's load times as expected.

To quote from JustPushStart.com (linked above): "By downloading the 135MB patch you will have an ability to install the game's data on the hard drive.

Make sure you have at least 4.5GB of space in the hard drive and it should take around five minutes to install.

Once completed one of the things you will notice are:

• Instead of 2-4 second load times when you picked up an item, it doesn't say LOADING anymore. It picks up the notes that you get right away.
• Screen tearing issue is slightly reduced"
 
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