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Old 02-11-2008, 03:11 PM
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Default PS3 as BD player: any differences?

Speaking of the PS3 only as a Blu-Ray player (since I have no interest in console gaming), is there any difference between the various models (40GB, 80GB, etc)?
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Old 02-11-2008, 09:02 PM
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There is no difference except that since the CPU of the 40GB is 65NM, it should be quieter.
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Old 02-11-2008, 10:04 PM
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I love my PS3 40 gig, and it loves me.
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PS3 is the BEST blu-ray player out there. The only reason why Sony doesn't promote it as a blu-ray player is because it will then drive sales down for their stand alone player.

The only difference between the 40gb and the bigger ones is more storage for your music, game saves, videos, downloads. Picture quality, etc is the same.
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Old 02-13-2008, 12:56 AM
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20, 60 and 80gb are backwards compatible, (PS1,2) not the 40. BD playback is rock solid on all.
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Remember you can install Linux on your PS3 as well. This is a non-gaming related use that would certainly utilize a larger hard disk. However, since you are not playing games as it is, 40GB may be fine. I only say this because I know I would have wanted a larger partition for Linux had I not needed disk space for music/games.

Many people don't seem to consider that inside the PS3 is a cell processor. By installing Linux, with a full suite of open source compilers, you have a very cheap cell processor to program!!! Ok, not everyone here is a programmer, but if you just think about that fact, you really have to hand to Sony for making a great little gaming machine.

Sorry, had to get my Linux plug in there.
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Old 02-13-2008, 01:39 AM
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The 80GB has 4 USB ports (2 more than the 40GB), SACD support, and flash card readers (Memory Stick, SD and Compact Flash). It also has PS2 compatibility through emulation.

Blu-ray disc playback is identical though.

The 20GB version is missing WiFi and flash card readers, while the 60GB has everything the 80GB has, but both of these do PS2 playback through hardware. They are no longer in production though, and probably not worth hunting down, unless they are somehow cheaper.
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20, 60 and 80gb are backwards compatible, (PS1,2) not the 40. BD playback is rock solid on all.
Wait! So the 40gb will NOT play PS2 games, such as Lego Star Wars? I don't care for gaming anyway, but a friend of mine is buying one tomorrow and he does want it for games and movies.
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Wait! So the 40gb will NOT play PS2 games, such as Lego Star Wars? I don't care for gaming anyway, but a friend of mine is buying one tomorrow and he does want it for games and movies.
If your friend want to play the upconverted (or any) PS2 games he needs to get the 80 gig (or find a first generation 20 or 60 gig).

It is a bit more but some of those upconverted PS2 games look really nice - almost next gen without any jaggies.
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Old 02-13-2008, 06:04 PM
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The 80GB has 4 USB ports (2 more than the 40GB), SACD support, and flash card readers (Memory Stick, SD and Compact Flash). It also has PS2 compatibility through emulation.

Blu-ray disc playback is identical though.

The 20GB version is missing WiFi and flash card readers, while the 60GB has everything the 80GB has, but both of these do PS2 playback through hardware. They are no longer in production though, and probably not worth hunting down, unless they are somehow cheaper.
The 20gb and 60gb PS3s are the best PS3s on the market. Why? Nothing got gimped - they both have full hardware backwards compatibility and that is by far one of the most sought-after features that is sorely missed. The 60gb also features wifi and card reader - two features I didn't need. The 80gb offers I think 80 percent BC, and the 40gb has NO PS2 BC, but has PS1 BC. PS1? And after getting a 40gb PS3, brand new, there's a very small line that says it won't play PS2 games.

The 20gb was cut first and it was the best value. You can actually buy them at a few Toys R Us for just $299 - search toyrus.com and see for yourself.

The 40gb would be good for someone who wants a cheap BR player, likes PS3 games and don't have a lot of USB devices (just 2 ports).
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