As much as I like having a larger HDD and not having to swap games on a whim when I decide to play something that's not installed and I have no room for, I guess I will install one of my 1TB SSDs left over from my previous PC build (replaced with an m.2 in my new build).
A 2TB would be nice, but they are far too expensive still.
Don't think they have enough RAM to have a 720p (and soon to be 1080p) clip sit in memory. Anyway, I would need a 2TB SSD, and not sure I would want to spend that kind of money. I could buy an Xbox One S for around that price.
This is good news. It will definitely help boost SSD drive performance and allow games to load faster. Installs will still be about the same for disc to HDD as i'm sure they are using the same blu-ray drive that is currently in the PS4. Even with SATA3 support the blu-ray drive can only read so fast. Digital downloads may see a small decrease in install time.
Load times on USB aren't faster because USB3 is faster than SATAII, they're faster because you're not sharing time with the OS doing other things on the same disk.
Also, HDD/SSHD won't benefit greatly from SATAIII for a few reasons. Biggest reason, SSDs don't just beat out old spinners in raw throughput, their real benefit is in reading and writing small files. The very best HDD/SSHD simply cannot compete with even the worst SSD when it comes to handling small files are multiple requests for different files. There is no seek time on an SSD like there is for a spinning drive. While it's true that an SSD will saturate a SATAII link easily, it'll also be able to utilize more of the available bandwidth doing whatever is asked of it, a spinner won't.
Hopefully it can reach 500-600 MB/s read speed which is good enough for a comfortable loading time in games. Of course people with PCIe based SSDs will still complaining but there are always malcontent people..
I wonder if the FireCuda is the only reliable product from Seagate. But what I like is, is that the FireCuda has a 5 year warranty to go along with it. If it can be had for $120 and be a reliable drive, then fuck yeah getting one.
I do wonder if they will be out before November 10th (PS4 Pro release date).