I just bought the 80GB for $549.
I thought I had read that the rumoured 40GB was going to be a stripped version with no backwards compatibility at all and likely missing other features like the card reader and wireless. Essentially it was a cheaper version of the original 20GB?
I have to say, playing around with their SKUs like this is starting to reek of desperation. How many quick changes can they justify?
I just got the same one.same price. I'm going to hold it until Oct 12th when the 40gb bundle is supposed to be announced, to see if it is a better value for me. If the 40gb is bundled with Spidey alone, I'll keep the 80gb. I'm not ready to start start a BR library yet, and the $549 bundle included Motorstorm and the BR remote (essentially about a $100 value).
That leaves the difference between the two to the harddrive 80gb over 40gb (aside of confirmed hardware changes to the new 40gb SKU)
The backwards compatibility won't be removed, as its software based and removing it not be well received.
Card reader and wireless... I supposed that might
be considered superfluous, One article I read predicted 4 usb down to 2... that seems to make sense for an entry level machine.
As much as the dire predictions are flying, it will be another year before things shake out. PS3 will have been out 2 yrs, lower price and larger game library. Most companys (including Sony
) will behave rationally in the marketplace pressures. Sony has to balance losses and costs along the way. If there where one thing I think is lacking is marketing the dang thing. I don't think I've seen a single TV spot for it.