The good: Swanky design with quiet operation; all games in high-definition; PSP-like user-friendly interface; plays high-def Blu-ray movies in addition to upscaling standard DVDs; built-in Wi-Fi and flash media reader; 60GB hard drive; online play is free; HDMI output with 1080p support; no external power supply; free online gaming service; plays PS2 and PS1 games; backwards compatibility is hardware based.
The bad: The bad: Compelling exclusive games are still few and far between; PlayStation Home and rumble controller not available until 2008; a USB port on the back would've been nice; no infrared port means non-Bluetooth universal remotes aren't compatible; glossy black finish is a fingerprint magnet; online gaming, media, and commerce options not nearly as developed as Xbox Live.
The bottom line: The high-end Sony PlayStation 3's larger hard drive and ability to play PS2 games makes it a worthwhile alternative to the cheaper model--so long as you're willing to wait several months for the more promising exclusive titles to hit store shelves. If backward compatibility is your top priority, this hard-to-find model may be worth the search.
Specifications: Product Description: Sony PlayStation 3 - Game console ; Media Type: BD-ROM , CD-ROM , DVD-ROM ; Processor: IBM Cell 3.2 GHz * Manufacturer: Sony * Part Number:711719800002
* Name Sony PlayStation 3 * Type Game console * Width 12.8 in * Depth 10.8 in * Height 3.9 in * Weight 11 lbs * Enclosure Color Black
* Color Support Color * Media Type BD-ROM, CD-ROM, DVD-ROM
* Type IBM Cell 3.2 GHz * Instruction Set RISC
Memory / Storage
* RAM Installed ( Max ) 256 MB XDR DRAM - Integrated * Storage BD-ROM * Hard Disk Drive Yes * HDD Capacity 60 GB
* Video Output NVIDIA RSX * Video Memory Installed ( Max ) Video adapter memory - 256 MB - GDDR3 SDRAM - Integrated * Max Resolution (external) 1920 x 1080
* Connectivity Features Bluetooth , IEEE 802.11
* Type Game pad - External * Connectivity Technology Wireless
* Connector Type 6 x USB ( 4 pin USB Type A ) * Expansion Slots Total (Free) Memory Stick , SD Memory Card , CompactFlash Card