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After something of a slow start, the PlayStation 3 seems to be hitting its stride in 2008 on the strength of MGS:4 and a good lineup of exclusives coming in the fall and early 2009. That's good, as the console hardware itself is just too sexy and capable to linger as an also-ran through this console generation. Beyond mere gaming, the system has some increasingly elegant media playback capabilities for those who like to show off their photos and videos on their HDTVs, and when PlayStation Home finally launches there should be even more things to do with your own personal content.


The high-end versions of the PlayStation 3 hardware make transferring files like photos and videos to the system quite easy, as the 60-GB and 80-GB models were replete with memory card slots and USB ports. Most new PlayStation 3 owners, however, purchased the 40-GB model, which sports just 2-USB ports (as opposed to 4) and no memory card slots at all. Though there are certainly workarounds for this feature omission (USB flash drives), those hoping for up-front integration in the cheaper system model have been out of luck...until now.


Today we've got the first look at Nyko's upcoming solution, the Media Hub PS3. The little add-on affixes itself to one of the 40-GB PS3's front mounted USB ports and nestles into the system as inconspicuously as it can. It's thin enough to not block both front USB ports on the console, so once attached the Nyko Media Hub will increase a 40-GB system's USB total to 4, just like the 80-GB version.


In addition to the extra USB ports, the Media Hub also has a slot for memory cards, and is capable of reading from SD cards and Sony Memory Sticks. Premium PS3s can accept Compact Flash as well, so the parity of capabilities isn't 100%. For those who don't use Compact Flash there shouldn't be a big problem however, so we suspect there are plenty of peeps that might find the Media Hub useful.


Nyko plans to release the Media Hub PS3 by August 2008. Retail price will be set to $19.99.

courtesy IGN.com


This means you can make your 40gb have 4 slots or have your 60/80gb have 6 slots.


Price seems fair, but you can find USB hubs for cheaper. The big selling point is the media card reader.


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Neat, and considering how bad it COULD have been, it looks okay.
 

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Why is this called a "Media Hub"..Just looks like a dressed up USB hub with a memory stick slot...I dunno. I guess it has it's place in life like all the other stuff out there.
 

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Thats cool. I use my 80gig's memory card slots a decent bit. My camera uses compact flash and my fiancee's camera and my PSP use memory sticks. Theyre handy for transferring things and looking at pics simply on the TV
 

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you can buy usb powered memory card readers (5 in 1 up 19 in 1) for about the same price. difference is they have a cord and dont "nestle up" so closely. Still, they function the same.
 

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My Nyko Media Hub failed after two weeks. I'm buying a second and will send back the broke one.


It is a pretty cool product. I do wish it would fit, click into place better.


It is a shame the PS3 only has two USB ports. I'm using Guitar Hero World Tour and the hub is the only way to play two guitars and drums. Card slot works (worked) great.
 

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I bought one from Best Buy and it couldn't read the RB1 drums nor the Blockhead mics. I returned it and bought the Rock Band hub.
 

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Originally Posted by jstachowiak /forum/post/15566369


My Nyko Media Hub failed after two weeks. I'm buying a second and will send back the broke one.


It is a pretty cool product. I do wish it would fit, click into place better.


It is a shame the PS3 only has two USB ports. I'm using Guitar Hero World Tour and the hub is the only way to play two guitars and drums. Card slot works (worked) great.

Which hub are you talkin about? The Nyko hub? Or the hub that comes with GH WT? The GH hub has two USB ports on it. So you can plug another guitar and the drums into it, and still have another USB port (on the PS3) left open.
 

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The GH one only has 2 ports instead of 4 like RB? I plug in all the instruments and charge my wireless controller when I play.
 
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