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Cheaper PS3 loses HDMI, slots, Wi-Fi, 40GB


As you can see above, there are a few things different between the two PS3 SKUs planned. (Hint: the obvious alterations concern high-def output and wireless connectivity -- though Bluetooth controllers should work just fine with both, with or without any chrome case highlighting.)

So what's HDMI, built-in multimedia card-reader slots, wireless internet connectivity, and an extra 40 gigabytes' hard disk space worth to you? $100? Now that Sony's gone with the 2-SKU approach with its next-gen hardware (a la the Xbox 360's premium and "Core" systems), we can expect some tough consumer choices after six months -- with console shortages possibly for another six months after that -- as $100 separates the base $499 and premium $599 versions of Sony's "Clear Black" hope.

HDMI is important to those who want to take full advantage of Blu-ray high def and have the new screens to use it; MemoryStick, SD, and CompactFlash slots would be nice for the PS3 memory-card users and those will run multimedia on the system; Wi-Fi's the only way to avoid stringing ethernet cables for online access; and 360 owners might appreciate the full 60GB available to potential buyers of the premium PS3 model. Neither model comes with a second HDMI port; thankfully, one should hopefully be all most users need. The details are laid out in a feature-comparison table at the end of Sony's official PS3 hardware press release, available in both Adobe Reader and Microsoft Word formats. Determine what's most important to your PS3 ambitions there.

[Image pieced together from the PlayStation.com forums; thanks, Guru]

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21. My decision has just been made. Thanks Sony, I'm buying an Xbox360. When the premium system comes down below 399 I might consider it. Until them . . .

Thats just one gamers op. I was waiting until both systems launch, but with price points like this - - - I mean you going to buy a ps3 for tommy or a nice computer to use at school?

Posted at 5:05PM on May 9th 2006 by chris

22. wow. just wow. i cant believe they did this. that is just staight up bullshit. why even release the $500 one? at least with the 360 you can buy a core and upgrade to a premium. with this your stuck. this is retarded on Sony's behalf. i was loving everything that Sony had done so far with the PS3 but this kinda pisses me off. those are some of the key features of the whole thing (well HDMI anyway). i was planning on getting the $500 one and just adding a bigger HDD later or just using these SD cards and Memory Sticks i got layin around but they just killed that. thanks Sony. *sigh* ill still buy it for $600............but i wont be happy about it. lol. now i gotta save up an extra $100. damn you Sony. this is definately a love-hate relationship we got goin here...

Posted at 5:30PM on May 9th 2006 by B1gC72

23. oh yeah, and leaving out the chrome details on the $500 model.....well that's just sick Sony...............

Posted at 5:33PM on May 9th 2006 by B1gC72

24. I have a question: Since the low-grade version doesn't have wi-fi, does that mean it won't be able to connect with the PSP? I kind of thought that was one of the selling points.

Posted at 6:22PM on May 9th 2006 by Andrew

25. congrats to people like #20 who seem to struggle at grade school math.

xbox 360 premium: $399
external hd dvd: ~ $125
xbox live service to play online: $50/year

sony ps3 BASE (because thats what the specs compare out to): $499
external dvd: not needed. included.
play online service charge: free

xbox total for the first year: $574
ps3 total for the first year: $499

and well... you would still be missing out on a few things, like bluetooth, etc.... but oh well.

or.. lets go bigger.

xbox 360 premium: $399
external hd dvd: ~ $125
wireless adaptor: $100
xbox live service to play online: $50/year

sony ps3 premium: $599
external dvd: not needed. included.
wireless adaptor: not needed. free.
play online service charge: free

xbox total: $674
ps3 total: $599
and again... you'll be missing out on the bluetooth... the 60gb hard drive... etc... etc... etc. but you're ok with that, right? spend more to get less is a good approach.

but it was just a super sweet argument before you learned how to add, wasnt it? i bet you were patting yourselves on the back and everything.

and... before we get that far... for those of you who "dont play online and dont want hd content"... fine. it isnt a problem with the price tag... the ps3 just isnt catering to you. go play your atari and be in 'old school bliss'.

Posted at 6:29PM on May 9th 2006 by Microdot

26. no u can still connect with the psp u just have to setup a seprate wifi network in you're house or go to a hotspot when ur ps3 is connected to the internet via ether port, then u have to sink them up with the sony online stuff, like ur account info and junk

Posted at 6:38PM on May 9th 2006 by MR.X

27. By the way both versions support bluetooth, and yes u can still watch blueray movies just at 1080i my hd tv does not have hdmi so i don't care, i will buy the 500 one. lol, and i love how other fanboys call it a crippled version, becuase of an hdmi port 1080p is nice but 1080i is just fine my 360 prooved that too me so my ps3 will just have hang in 720p which most games are going to be in anyways so relax, ur not missing out on much.

Posted at 6:44PM on May 9th 2006 by MR.X

28. I'm not terribly upset with this price. After all, I pay $4400 for a gaming PC, so why wouldn't I pay $600 for a kickass console that's not only backwards compatible back to PS1 but also has the ability to play HD movies from blockbuster?

Speaking of backwards compatibility, Sony SERIOUSLY needs to release a PS1, PS2, PS3 memory stick and game save/data converter so that users can transfer game data from old memory stick formats to larger, higher capacity formats or a hard drive better yet. Am I the only one with 5+ memory cards that are taking up space and cumbersome to swap out? I know it's a trivial issue, but one that needs a fix nonetheless.

Posted at 6:47PM on May 9th 2006 by Silverfrog

29. @#27
Good point. I also wish you could plug in PS2 devices. Like the DDR pad and the Guitar.

Posted at 8:10PM on May 9th 2006 by Brian

30. Wow it looks like Sony really blew it. copying lots of shit from other companys, yet making huge mistakes along the way, good job Phony. I can't see parents dishing out $800 for a PS3. (hello, games). most parents wouldn't go over $400 at x-mas, thats why xbox 360's price > ps3's price.

Posted at 8:26PM on May 9th 2006 by Street Fighter 2

31. You've got to be kidding me.. That price is ridiculous. I have now made my decision and am now getting myself an Xbox 360.

Posted at 8:31PM on May 9th 2006 by Ducksquad

32. Went out and got me a 360 today after work. Sorry Sony but you let me down for the last time.

Posted at 9:37PM on May 9th 2006 by Sony4lif

33. @#31
You can disagree with them all you want but Sony doesn't owe you jack. Sony, Microsoft and, yes, even Nintendo are all corporations and thus they have one goal: to make money. Not the developement of great games or the betterment o mankind but simply to make money. Sony packed that shiny box so full of advanced hardware that, even at a hige price, they are taking a huge hit on the console prices. When you look at all the stuff in there and how long they had to have spent developing it you can see where all that money is going.

So you can buy a 360, but do so because you want something, not because you feel like because you had some good times with the PS1 and 2 that this MASSIVE GLOBAL COMPANY is obligated to work for your convenience.

Posted at 10:01PM on May 9th 2006 by Brian

34. "By the way both versions support bluetooth, and yes u can still watch blueray movies just at 1080i my hd tv does not have hdmi so i don't care, i will buy the 500 one. lol, and i love how other fanboys call it a crippled version, becuase of an hdmi port 1080p is nice but 1080i is just fine my 360 prooved that too me so my ps3 will just have hang in 720p which most games are going to be in anyways so relax, ur not missing out on much."

Actually, the problem is that non-HDMI ports don't support HDCP (HD content protection). This will be a problem down the line with Bluray movies that have the restriction imposed. In this scenario, the best you will get is LESS than 720p...even as low as 480p...which is back to SD. Thankfully, the restriction won't be imposed yet. However, we know how anal the movie industry gets, and the restriction could be imposed any time they feel like it.

Posted at 2:06AM on May 10th 2006 by SuicideNinja

35. So is the only reason we need HDMI is because of the Movie Industry? Is there any other reason for it?

Posted at 3:53AM on May 10th 2006 by Prize Fighter Inferno

36. so u can play ps1 and ps2 games on ps3?

Posted at 8:43AM on May 10th 2006 by Semi

37. @Microdot "xbox 360 premium: $399
external hd dvd: ~ $125
xbox live service to play online: $50/year

sony ps3 BASE (because thats what the specs compare out to): $499
external dvd: not needed. included.
play online service charge: free

xbox total for the first year: $574
ps3 total for the first year: $499"

You also forgot to add the price of adding a 20G hdd to the price of the core Xbox360.

Xbox total for the first year: $674

Posted at 12:08PM on May 10th 2006 by Da'Cheez

38. Rememeber, its the games that make the system. If you are like me and have a 720 p tv, then component video is fine. As long as the movie manufactureres do not flag there movies then there will be no down conversion. As for wifi, no console before now has had it and I have survived so i will be okay. I understand
Sony overpromises, but the console is nice, and only 100 more than the 360. As for the memory stick ports, usb seems to work okay ont he 360 right, so why is it not good enough for the Sony? Unless you just have to have hdmi port, and have one of the newest tv's that do support 1080p and there are a few, then be happy that its 100 cheaper than the 599.99 system. That system is for av people mostly. I remeber last year when MS announced 399.99 for the 360. I was shocked someone had the nuts to break the mythical 299.99 barrier but they did, and we all bought it anyway. the point is that either buy one or do not. Enjoy the games on the sytem you own or plan to own. Why is it that only in videogames do we bash the other alternatives? I own a Honda but that doesn't mean I bash my brother's Toyota. Grow up and enjoy all the new games. By the way, the Wii looks interesting and my wife would really like something like that. The new systems are way too complicated for her and most casual users, which
Nintendo seems to understand. Hope you guys and gals enjoy the E3 AND ALL THE NEW GAMES, AND HOPE TO SEE YOU ONLINE! Gamertag Dolemite1

Posted at 12:08PM on May 10th 2006 by Herman Allen

39. One thing that concerns me about the $599 PS3 system is two words stated in the press sheets that I don't see nobody talking about "OPEN PRICE". That means you can charge as much as you want for the system without getting into problems with Sony. What are your opinions about that?

Posted at 12:12PM on May 10th 2006 by Guillermo

40. Same post for the last 3 days. Horrible E3. Yep...PS3 and its fanboys have lost all hope

Posted at 1:18PM on May 10th 2006 by Cage

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