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Comparison: Is the 40GB PS3 such a bad deal?

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Is the 40GB PS3 really such a bad deal? We stacked a number of systems side by side to see which gaming console is the best value (at least, in terms of hardware). For example, when compared to the Xbox 360, the $399 PS3 may seem like a pretty good deal, provided you're looking for built-in wi-fi and an HD movie player. These two peripherals cost $99 and $179 each for the Xbox 360.

However, let's not forget that the 20GB Xbox 360 includes some backwards compatibility support (the 40GB PS3 does not). In addition, you get two free games with the system.

The 60GB PS3 is in an interesting position right now, as it currently costs the same as the 80GB model. For the same price, you can get a larger hard drive and a free game. The only difference? The 80GB has more limited backwards compatibility support. Patrick Seybold from SCEA reminds us that "There are no plans to lower the price of the 60GB model. The 60GB model has nearly 95% backwards compatibility, so consumers looking for that feature have the option while supplies last."

[Update: Chart updated with user suggested information. Updated with minor corrections. Thanks, readers!]

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1. If anything, that chart makes me want the 360 more.

But I already have a 60g PS3 from launch, so I'm good.

Posted at 5:08PM on Oct 18th 2007 by adamantypants

2. I'd still go with 80Gb extra 20GB and a game, for same price as 60GB,.

If I didnt alreayd have a 60GB form back in Feb and were gettign one next month for the first time I'd get the 80GB,.

Posted at 5:11PM on Oct 18th 2007 by Tim Parsons

3. i am buying a 40gb i don't really care about Backwards Compatiblity the reason why people complained at the 360 compantiblity is cause the just tottally stoped making xbox the moment 360 came and alot of epople wanted to continue to play their old games and thats why i don't care cause ps3 games are coming now so i don't need to play ps2 games now and if i want to i got a PS2 lol also i allready got a 60gb but i want a 40gb for the Dorm Room.

Posted at 5:12PM on Oct 18th 2007 by RazielDune

4. It's about games and what the gamer truly wants. Otherwise, the PS3's would be flying off the shelf.

Posted at 5:13PM on Oct 18th 2007 by The1

5. Ehm, atleast in Europe the PS3 60gb comes with motorstorm and resistance fall of men for 499... Are you sure there're no games bundled in the US?

Posted at 5:17PM on Oct 18th 2007 by MadCowMartin

6. You guys forgot to add the free Spider-man 3 Blu-ray that comes with the 40 GB PS3

Posted at 5:19PM on Oct 18th 2007 by Sy

7. I thought in the MS camp, only the elite has HDMI out ?

Posted at 5:29PM on Oct 18th 2007 by EDGE

8. OR you could always go to and buy your 60gb PS3 for 400 bucks (and I got Resistance on top of it) as PS3s don't go kaput like the X360

Posted at 5:31PM on Oct 18th 2007 by Julio

9. I guess I'm gonna have to jump on a 60GB before they sell out. If I'm paying that much, I'd rather get one that can play my PS2 games than one that comes with a game I don't care about.

Posted at 5:32PM on Oct 18th 2007 by TVGenius

10. @7: Microsoft finally added HDMI to the rest of the line.

Posted at 5:43PM on Oct 18th 2007 by Deviation

11. @7

All the new ones since the Elite came out come with Hdmi support.

Posted at 5:51PM on Oct 18th 2007 by Shattercross

12. Aye, twas' beaten to the punch by Deviation.

Posted at 5:52PM on Oct 18th 2007 by Shattercross

13. I have to point this out. As far as I know, the Xbox 360 does not use software emulation for their backwards compatibility. It has them download a version of the game compiled for the 360 processor. This is just pathetic. At least the PS3 (40 gb aside) has real software emulation which means almost every game works (haven't had any problems yet).

One other thing. Even tho the 40 gb PS3 doesn't have any memory card ports, you can still plug a $5 card reader in to the PS3 and it will work, card reader be damned!

Posted at 5:58PM on Oct 18th 2007 by Micah Neumark

14. andrew my ragin' asian .. you forgot the Free Online ;)

Posted at 6:00PM on Oct 18th 2007 by sectionz

15. It's definitely a good deal, but I'm still getting the 80gb

Posted at 6:00PM on Oct 18th 2007 by Random1448

16. Not sure about the US but in Canada they all come with 5 free blu-ray movies too...

Posted at 6:11PM on Oct 18th 2007 by Kspraydad

17. The PS3 is what I am refering to...those should be on the chart.

Posted at 6:12PM on Oct 18th 2007 by Kspraydad

18. @5, What?

do you mean this?

Posted at 6:23PM on Oct 18th 2007 by Livi70590

19. Ah the double standard charts...I was waiting for this.

If you are going to include HD movie playback and wifi in the charts which are not needed for gaming, then how about including the things the ps3 lacks? Like Headsets and hd cables and rumble controllers. all of which the ps3 requires you to buy seperately for around 40-50 bucks. And those things actually do add to games.

Posted at 6:28PM on Oct 18th 2007 by Marasai

20. HDD space is a mute point with the PS3 since you can buy howver big of a HDD you want and swap it. Youre not limited like M$ has done..

Posted at 6:38PM on Oct 18th 2007 by Otsego_Undead

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