It took a year, but Sony finally has a winning PS3 strategy. If only they would have listened to gamers back then, they could have avoided all the pain and suffering.
If you're not a hard core gamer, not a video game blogger, or don't own and operate a video game walkthrough website you may be confused by all the various PS3s out there. I'm here to break it down for you...Hammertime.
As of November 2nd there will be two PS3s in the US: a 40GB version for $399 and an 80GB version for $499.
The major difference, aside from hard drive storage, is that the 80GB has backwards compatibility (via software emulation) with PS2 and PSOne games. The 40GB only has backwards compatibility with PSOne games.
Not as important is that the 40GB version only has 2 USB ports (as opposed to 4 on the 80GB) and lacks the Memory Stick/SD/CompactFlash card slots.
One last item to consider is that the 40GB comes with Spider-Man 3 (movie) on Blu-Ray. The 80GB comes with Motor Storm (video game).
Other than that, they are identical. They both play PS3 games. They both contain a Blu-Ray drive. They both pump out graphics up to 1080p, and they are both a sexy black.
One note: If you are buying one, be wary of any remaining 60GB versions that may still be in stores. They have discontinued this model (replacing it with the 80GB). The 60GB and 80GB are the same price, so I'd recommend waiting until the 80GBs start showing up or you'll be shorting yourself 20GB of HDD space for no reason.
Summary: Bare bones 40GB PS3 with no PS2 backwards compatibility for $399. Full featured 80GB PS3 for $499.
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Quick Comparison of the 40GB and 80GB