First of all, let me say that its silly to argue over which option is better. You guys are so obsessed with the idea that your opinion MUST the universal truth. Guess what? Internal VS external is a SUBJECTIVE opinion. Some like one way, some like the other, get over it.
Secondly, I don't think this hurts Sony since they can always point to being able to replace the internal drive, which I am happy to take advantage of for the ps3 and will do so for the ps4. Its a nice option to have. I am however disappointed that they are not going to build in complete external support like MS has on the XB1. Again, I like being able to replace the internal drive, but I have also found that its advantageous to have everything on an external in some situations. To illustrate why some people might like using an external, I'll list my reasons why I want to use one:
1. Taking my entire game collection, etc over to a friend's house
2. Being able to continue using my system in the event of the internal hard drive fails and I am waiting for a replacement to arrive.
3. Having the option to use a hard drive with much more capacity than is allowed in the 2.5'' form factor that both consoles use.
So yeah, I'm disappointed that Sony isn't matching MS here as far as external support. It would have offered me the option to use both methods. It doesn't turn me off or make me say no to a ps4, its just one of those features I appreciate.
I'm also disappointed that MS did not design the system to allow replacement of the internet drive because, like I said, I would use the feature. It doesn't turn me off or make me say no to an XB1, but its a feature I appreciate.
Externals are slower anyways and the internal can be upgrade. Nothing to see here folks, move along.
That is incorrect. Look, there are plenty of external usb 3.0 cases that are capable of delivering the full speed of SATA 3, even for an SSD. I've seen the benchmarks myself, a search would turn up all the evidence you need.
Your right about one thing though, this is not a big deal, and yet people go out of their way to bash one option or the other.
So you're sayin that USB 3.0 is faster than SATA 2 or 3.... my my. (No, it isn't, specially if you put an SSD)
Again, a search will show you plenty of reviews showing an ssd used in an external case that can hit the speeds of SATA 2/3.
Not all can do this of course, you have to pick an enclosure with a good usb 3.0 chipset, but it is possible. I know if I use an external on these consoles, its going to be an external capable of those speeds.