Originally Posted by Ken Ross
Thanks rdclark. What I found VERY misleading on the Sony website is the fact that it says the 80gig PS3 still has 4 USB ports and a card reader. I just got home with the 80gig unit and it has only 2 USB ports and no memory card reader. You'd think they'd update that site!
Where did you find the outdated information? I just went to the Sony Style site and they only have information on the new 80GB unit that only has the 2 USB ports, no card reader, no SACD playback, and no PS2 game compatibility:http://www.sonystyle.com/webapp/wcs/...52921665513567
This is the model that just replaced the similarly configured 40GB unit. It is also the coolest running of any PS3 to date.
There was an older 80GB unit shipping in July bundled with the Metal Gear Solid 4 game. It used the older, hotter-running electronics, had 4 USB ports, could play SACD discs, and included PS2 game backwards compatibility. I steer people away from that unit because it runs hot enough that the fan might have to kick in when playing Blu-Ray discs.
I believe the older 80GB MGS4 bundle is still being sold in some outlets.
[There was an even OLDER 80GB model that was discontinued back in January of this year. And there will likely be additional model configurations between now and Christmas. Keeping track of these models is a problem.]
ETA: OK I think I see what you found:http://www.us.playstation.com/ps3/about/specs
And yup, they haven't distinguished between the two models of 80GB PS3. The main page for the current, $399 80GB PS3 model does say it only has two USB ports, but the specs page gives conflicting information. Silly Sony!
ETA 2: Sheesh! The TOP TWO Frequently Asked Questions in Sony's PS3 FAQ section have to do with this confusion!http://www.us.playstation.com/ps3/about/faq
And with all that they STILL haven't clarified that SACD playback only exists in the older 80GB model!