I want to buy a Playstation 3, and i'm not sure to buy a 40G or 80G! The 40 is a lot easier to find, but is there a Big difference between those 2 consoles...For those of you who had one of the 2 model, can yon give me some info, ans id your happy with the choice you made!
The 40gb is not backwards compatible with PS2 games, period (though it does play PS1 games). The 80gb PS3 plays most PS2 games and all PS1 games. Besides that, the 80gb has double the hard drive space, 4 usb ports instead of 2, and card readers on the front (SD cards, etc.)
The earlier 80gb Motorstorm bundle is long gone, but is being replaced. On June 12th, the 80gb PS3 will return bundled with Metal Gear Solid 4 and a dualshock 3 controller (rumble). The controller that currently comes with the 40gb system is the rumbleless sixaxis. My advice is to wait for the new 80gb bundle coming not too far now.
The 80g has software compatibility with PS2 games, the 40g uses software to do it and cannot play any PS2 games.
Both systems can play Ps1 games. In the future they might enable the 40gig to play Ps2 games, but I doubt it. 60 gig Ps3's have Ps2 hardware in them that allows them to run Ps2 games. 80 gig Ps3's have software in them that allows them to run Ps2 games. 40 gig lacks both.
Personally, I'd get an 80, and if you can't find one, wait a bit if possible and get the 80 gig/Dual Shock III/Metal Gear Solid 4 bundle.
40 gig also can't run Super Audio CD's for some reason, but I highly doubt that matters.
As an owner of a former 60 gig Ps3 (it's now a 120 gig Ps3) Im very happy with the Ps2 emulation and the upscaling. It all comes down to if you want to play Ps2 games or not. Hard drive space itself is irrelevant since you can upgrade the hard drive easy enough.
I haven't done much, just installed the hard drive and got linux on it. I tend to run light things like SNES and NES games on it.
I'm not too heavy into modding it because I want to maintain my EULA, it's the same reason I haven't done too much with my PSP. There's a lot of doable stuff though, everything from making your Ps3 a MythTV device and a lot of other weird quirky things like that.
The only thing a lot of Ps3 owner's (in my experience) haven't done is tweaked their Ps3 to work with their setup, because, unlike a Wii or a 360, the Ps3 can be heavily tweaked settings wise to make it look fantastic or god awful on your TV.
Back on the tweaking issue, I'm reluctant to truely all out tweak anything or install all sorts of bells and whistles because I don't want a brick or doorstop. Like I said earlier, there's a lot out there though!
I have a 40GB PS3. I never played a game but we use the player as a bluray and dvd player. This is a tremendous player. The upscaling of dvds (of video sources like tv shows and animation movies) is incredible (I didn't tried film sources a lot..). The quality of bluray playback is more than awesome. The loading is quick, the picture quality is incredible and it decodes the newest HD audio codecs. What else do we need?
Do you really want to play ps2 games? Seriously, if not just get a 40gb and you can always upgrade the Hard drive later if needed. The 40GB is quieter also...
Agree 100%, either you didnt have a ps2 and in that case id go with the 40g because there is no point in playing ps2 when you have a ps3... or you already have a ps2 and therefore you don't need a ps3 that can run ps2 games... you can play them directly in your ps2...
I bought the 40GB version. I bought it more for its Blu-Ray & media streaming capabilities. Games are simply added value, so I'm very satisfied with my purchase. I couldn't care less about PS2 games, and it'll play all the PS3 games I could ever want.