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- Includes PlayStation 3 80 GB system, Dualshock 3 wireless controller, and free PlayStation Network membership
- Internet ready Wi-Fi
- 80 GB of hard disk storage for all your games, music, videos, and photos
- Built-in Blu-ray player to give you the best high-definition viewing experience and pristine picture quality
- Play your entire catalog of CDs and DVDs
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Instead, I'd like this review to explain what exactly this configuration is (there's a lot of confusion about that,) and why I think it hits the sweet spot. Basically, there are currently 2 versions of the PS3 on the market now. Ignoring the size of the drive for a second (because you can always swap the drive anyway, and it has no real bearing on the rest of the specs) think of them as Version A (currently available - or not as the case may be - in the PlayStation 3 80 GB Metal Gear Solid 4 Pack) and Version B (this one.)
The first thing that you need to understand is that there are three relevant differences between these two versions besides the included bundle and the price (the MGS one is $499 from amazon, more from third parties.)
Difference #1: Version A (MGS pack) is backward compatible with PS2 games while this one is NOT (they are both backward compatible with PS1 games however.)
Difference #2: Version A has 4 USB ports as well as memory card slots, while this version has only 2 USB ports and NO memory card slots.
Difference #3: AND THIS FOR ME IS BIG: Version A has the older and larger 90nm Cell processor, while this one has the smaller (and some say more reliable) 65nm Cell processor. Power consumption on this unit is lower as well, dropping from 200 Watts to 135 watts. The end result is a machine that runs cooler and, according to all reports as well as my personal experience, much quieter. An extremely relevant factor if you watch movies with it.
For those that have been looking for a while, this is basically the 40GB machine that was offered recently, with a larger hard drive and an upgraded controller - they replaced the basic sixaxis controller with the Dualshock 3 controller (which means it has rumble.)
Now Version A is packaged with Metal Gear Solid. It has an 80GB drive like this one, and the same controller. The big differences are listed above. Until this configuration was released, the larger hard drive and Dualshock controller were 2 of the 4 reasons many people felt the MGS pack was worth the additional $100. Those two factors are now eliminated. The remaining differences are the backward compatibility with PS2 games and the MGS game itself, which can of course be bought separately.
So to sum it up, if you NEED PS2 compatibility, you might want to grab the MGS pack if you can get one - that or keep your old PS2. For new buyers though, and for all of the people that are going to just play PS3 games, as well as avid movie watchers, this particular configuration is fantastic. You get the big drive, the good controller, PLUS the cooler running chip, a quieter machine and a system that uses about 33% less power.
And ok - just to satisfy the basic requirements of a review, I'll list some other nice stuff: It includes a Blu-ray DVD player (one of those runs almost as much as, or more than, this entire box), the online play is FREE, wireless connectivity is built in (you don't have to buy an additional piece as with some others), reliability has been quite good (much better than some others), there are some great PS3-only titles, and you can stream media to it from your PC. There's more, but there are plenty of people outlining it.
As always, do your research and see what's best for you. Maybe the 360-only titles are must haves for you, or maybe your family fits a Wii. We have a Wii and I love it. But I also love my PS3, and in my opinion this configuration is the one to get (this month anyway.)
Apparently the model I was searching for was supposed to be the 1st gen 60GB or lower to have the backwards compatibility feature I wanted. It's too bad, I still have many PS2 games still left over.
The system is great. It's like a big PSP but with obviously better hardware. I hate how it's really fat though. I already felt that the PS3 would of been a better choice than the 360. Don't get me wrong, the 360 is great, but this one was cheaper and I already had a Sony account. I payed about $136.23 for this. Everything works fine and I'm happy with my purchase but I do feel it should have been a little cheaper, at least $20 cheaper. This was the lowest offer listed too. I expect many years of use out of it.
-The graphics, at their best, look utterly amazing
-No memory card hassle
-Wireless controllers are great
-Controls are virtually the same from PS2-Easy to use and comfortable
-TONS of extras if you connect to the internet
-Tons of free game demos
-Has its own free PS Network channel
-So far, there are quite a few good games to play
-80 GB is ample space for downloads and games if you don't go overboard and erase things you don't need.
-You can do other things on the PS3 while you wait for content to load
-Easy to use for music CDs, DVDs, etc.
-No more of that pesky turning your system off before removing the disk
-It has Metal Gear Solid 4. Nuff said.
-Must wait forever to load most games (that I've played, which are mostly hi-res, popular games like Bioshock, MGS4, Soul Calibur IV, GTA IV, etc.)
-Loading time for demos also tends to be long
-Every now and then, I can't connect to the internet, but only selectively (can access videos, but not games)
-Quality games are expensive as all heck
-Leans more towards the mature side. This isn't to say that there aren't any games for young players. There are tons. The problem is the amount of quality kid's games (Little Big Planet and Rachet & Clank are two games that are high quality). Compare it to the Nintendo Wii, and it's lacking.
-Some PS1 and PS2 games cannot be played on this model. I've heard that they can play on the 60GB, however, and developers have said they'd work on the problem.
Over all, the 80 GB PlayStation 3 is definitely worth its price (the new price anyway) and is the best current gen gaming counsel out there. (As a note, this is coming from a 20-year-old girl who loves story-based gameplay and plays primarily Mature rated popular games on the PS3. Not that that's the brunt of the PS3 library, but I find enough games with strong storylines to make me happy.)
The only real gripe I have with the PS3 is the loading time. You have to wait to upload the game, and then you have to wait some more, sometimes in between sections of the game, like in MGS4 and Soul Calibur IV. However, once you get those puppies running, they don't stop. The graphics in visually stunning games always look amazing while keeping a smooth frame rate. In this respect, I don't mind the loading time so much. It comes with a great reward.
If you're a gamer, get the PS3. And even if you're not a hardcore gamer, there are tons of things to do with this system besides play games.
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