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Why would anyone buy a $599 PS3 with an 80GB drive if a $399 PS3 with a 40GB drive was available?
There's speculation the 80GB bundle might also have a price drop to $499.
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It's not unlike Microsoft with the core, elite and whatever other version they have... I have the 20G and it has everything the 60G has less the wireless and card reader. I believe backward compatibility is still in but without the emotion engine (i.e., software based, just like the 80G model).

Bottom line though at $400 it makes a hell of a good Blu-Ray player...
I disagree. I think it is different. The PS3 is only coming up on its first anniversary and Sony is all over the map with its configurations.

At the moment, it seems like the 80 GB has wireless, BC, card readers, bigger HD, and Motorstorm as its plusses.

The new SKU will likely have the new rumble-enabled six-axis, but will be missing many of those other elements.

Is a cheaper PS3 good? Sure. But they can't keep moving prices and specs around while dropping and adding new levels in their first 12 months and be taken seriously.

Your 20GB will be a better machine than the new 40GB ones, yet it was the first to be cancelled.

All of the above assumes the 40BG will indeed be a stripped version.

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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.

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I read that the rumble controler will NOT come with any of the machines anytime in the forseeable future. They are continuing to bundle the non-rumble controler with the console, and selling the rumble one seperately. Sucks.
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The rumble is apparently not out till somewhere in 2008... so unlikely to be packed with the 40GB, unless things have changed.
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I actually may purchase one at that price, but not if it is not backwards compatible. There are way to many cheap games to be had for the ps2 and the new ones are very expensive. So here's to hoping.
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Officially released in Europe today. No backwards compatibility.
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Very interesting news. So now to see if they followup with a US release for $399 US. I think it's pretty likely.
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Are we sure about backwards compatibility. I assume it doesn't have the chip for cost saving, but still does software emulation quite similar to the 80 GB.
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Apparently no software compat either. I would have figured they would still include that but this article says no..

http://www.ps3fanboy.com/2007/10/05/...launch-at-399/
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Yeah, I was confused by this as well. Not sure why it couldn't at least be software emulation.
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It has to be a mistake in the article. Removing backward compat on the entry level PS3 is absolutely nuts!!!!
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According to Engadget it has been removed.
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Engaget is referring that last link I posted.
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