On a spec sheet hosted on the official PlayStation Global site, the PS3's various storage media--including the HDD and a few other memory formats--are said to be "sold separately," which might lead one to understandably assume that the PS3's hard drive won't come bundled with the system (at least, not with a cheap package for the platform).
Drag the right-hand arrows to navigate the listing. Halfway down the Flash-animated page for the upcoming platform is a line stating: "Storage / HDD: Detachable 2.5" HDD slot x 1," which won't raise many eyebrows. It's when you scroll down to the bottom of the page that that first starry footnote really messes with our convergence dreams (or nightmares).
Okay, we all know that the PS3 will have "a 2.5-inch hard drive (i.e. laptop hard drive) attachment." The $500 question--give or take a few Franklins--is whether that hard drive will come bundled with every system or just the pricier models. Sure, a comprehensive web page could be mistaken, but why state it so clearly? More to come at GDC/E3, of course.
[Thanks, El Burro; via Engadget]