Originally Posted by number1laing
Well, that's what I mean by a degraded experience. You can't buy games online, you have to juggle game installs. I do that a little with my 60gb drive and I'm definitely not getting the full PS3 experience.
Then, buy a hard drive after you have been sold the 16GB PS3 model. That is how cheapo casual consumers work.
Sometimes when I'm at Gamestop, I meet very casual X360 gamers. They only have the X360 without hard drive nor built-in 4GB storage. They use the larger memory card to store the X360 large firmware. All they care is able to play a few old kids/casual games. Amazing, they are in Gamestop because they are hoping to get some money out of older kids/casual games. If you say they are missing most of the fun, do they really care? Same as casual PS3 games. While they may have more hard drive then they ever use, their behavior isn't that much different from casual X360 gamers. All they care is play a few very simple kids/casual games. So, the 16GB PS3 may just fit those super casual gamers. Remember once the 16GB PS3 is in the market, game developers who make casual games will start to think about zero installation requirement because they will want to sell their games.
You or I will never care about this but that's still a big piece of business Sony is unable to do until they can release a PS3 at the price of 4GB X360 or maybe Wii (wishful thinking).