Want Your PS3 Games to Run Faster? Buy an SSDS

The Xbox 360 and Wii are, if you want to stay under warranty, locked entities. You can't upgrade them at all. The PS3, though, lets you swap out a hard drive, and with the coming of the age of solid state drives (SSD), this can result in big performance gains.

Running a series of tests across games using a standard PS3 hard drive, a hybrid drive (half regular drive, half SSD) and a Samsung SSD, tech specialists Digital Foundry have found that, depending on the game, there are some major improvements to be had in both a PS3 game's loading times and associated stuff.

RAGE, for example, looked way better, with much of its annoying texture pop-in resolved. Skyrim gets a big boost too, including a noticeable reduction in the "lag" that's been affecting PS3 owners of the game.

It's not a magic fix for all games, though. An SSD didn't do squat for Battlefield 3, nor Kingdoms of Amalur, and only made a slight difference to a range of other titles.

You can see the full run-down, including handy comparison vids, below.

Can SSD Upgrades Boost PS3 Performance? [Eurogamer]