I think if this turns out to be true, Nintendo will probably have a USB port or something similar so that users can hook up and use on their own dime. Do I personally need all 250GB on my PS3? Nah. I'd love to have less, and pay less for the system itself. I think this could work out as an advantage for Nintendo if they do it right.
I don't know how things work on the PS3 but as an owner of a two year old Elite 360, knowing what I do now, I would have gladly paid extra money to have a 250GB drive instead of a 120GB drive if there had been one.
After all the running software and extra demos and stuff that of course came pre-packaged, there was only 106GB left.
I have 15 box/disc games(At least 9 of which I ripped to the hard drive for faster load times), and around 15 marketplace downloaded games, several videos I bought and downloaded also free videos, several special free themes and gamer pictures, several avatar items, and a ton of game DLC.
From last I checked, I'm down to about 24GB of space left. To me now, I'm at a rationing point. I still haven't played my copy of Mass Effect 2 yet, so part of that space will go to ripping it and downloading the DLC that came with it, and of course on top of that I will be buying and downloading all the DLC that has come out for it that didn't come with my copy. I'm willing to bet that after that I will be down to around 12GB or less.
I guess it is a matter of how much a person utilizes a hard drive. I tend to be a saver, meaning I don't delete much. The only thing I delete is old demos and free videos I don't need anymore, but since so little of my hard drive contains those things, it is hard to delete anything anymore.
I'm going to be pissed if these rumors are true. I like Nintendo; I grew up with Nintendo, owning each incarnation of their consoles, and handhelds up to the DS Lite.
I liked the Wii when I got it; it was fun and interesting and I didn't find the motion controls all that bad, I actually enjoyed playing shooters like COD 3 and Medal of Honor: Vanguard with the Wii-mote and Nun-chuck. Mario Galaxy was wonderful and so was LoZ: Twilight Princess. I had fun buying and playing a few old NES, Super NES, and N64 games that I didn't have anymore.
Making and downloading all the different looking Mii's and using them in Wii Sports was hilarious(Baseball: Team Jesus vs. Team Hitler, Boxing: Mr.T vs. Chuck Norris). I liked being able to read the national and world news on my Wii and see the Weather forecast for the whole world. Using even the limited internet browsing capabilities, while annoying, was still nice at times.
The thing is and everybody knows it, they dropped the ball on making it current compared to its competitors. That internet browsing I mention was stupid, because its surfing capabilities were that of an old 90's computer. Heck, the thing was only capable of using Flash 7, while at the time my computer was already using Flash 10. This meant when it came to watching videos on the internet, the Wii could only watch videos on youtube, nowhere else.
Of course that 512MB was going fast because of my game downloads. And also for online the thing had no Ethernet port, one has to buy the adapter, which is of course pretty much mandatory in the US, because getting Nintendo Wi-Fi to work here is damned near impossible. In the case of my DS I have to go out to McDonald's or the laundromat if I want Wi-Fi is compatible. I have Wi-Fi in my new apartment, but even when it is free and unlocked with no security and passwords(when I change it to that to test) the DS still can't get a connection.
So Nintendo, with this new console, it better have a large hard drive, if you stick with the internet surfing capability give it up to date/current Flash at least, make your Wi-Fi accessible to all Wi-Fi sources and devices(instead of being so hard to get to work that once it works it then doesn't after 5 or 10 minutes), and have a built in Ethernet port.
But considering the rumors, I doubt any of that will happen, this could be the first Nintendo console I don't buy.