SCEA announces the release of the Hard Disk Drive
Finally, North America has a definite release date - and guess what? The thing comes pre-installed with a tiny game called F... wait, read the full news!

- Sony Computer Entertainment Of America, today unveiled new details and specifics on its internal Hard Disk Drive for Playstation 2, also announcing new online titles that will be available starting from this holiday season.

The Hard Disk Drive, with a capacity of 40 GB, will let players download extra content for their games, and will give developers the chance of taking advantage of the Hard Disk Drive in many ways. The real surprise, anyhow, is that the Hard Disk Drive will come pre-installed with Square-Enix Massively Multiplayer Online RPG, Final Fantasy XI.

The Hard Disk Drive will also include other pre-installed software. First of all a customized media player designed for Playstation 2 which will let gamers play MP3s and store CDs on the Hard Disk Drive; a photo manager to store, display, and edit digital photos; a game manager to organize games stored on the drive.

The Hard Disk Drive will be available in March 2004 for a suggested retail price of $99. It will attach to the Network Adaptor on one side, and will rest into the expansion bay of the Playstation 2 console.

Among the first games to take advantage of the Hard Disk Drive there will be SOCOM II: Navy Seals and Syphon Filter: The Omega Strain. According to SCEA, by the end of this years, there will be more than 50-online enabled titles available for Playstation 2.

Read our updated Online Gaming FAQ for more information, including fees for Final Fantasy XI. Click here.

(Posted: Tuesday, September 16, 2003, 1:08PM GMT)

- Harry

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