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    Specifically, I'm referring to their pricing model. You can get a 40 GB PS3 for $400 - the 80 GB version for $500. Why do they get away with charging $100 more for a mere 40 GB of hard drive space. Microsoft has the same pricing structure. WTF? You can buy a 250 GB HDD for $70 or less!

    Essentially, as it relates to hard drives, they are charging a premium for outdated technology - something you can't (wouldn't) even buy off the shelf.


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    Not only is there a huge 100 dollar difference from the 80 GB to 40 GB...

    The 40 GB PS3 only comes with TWO USB ports, whereas the 80 GB has four.

    Also, the 40 GB PS3 is NOT BACKWARDS COMPATIBLE!

    That is stupid isn't it? Sony knows how to rip people off. Some people might think the 40 GB is enough, only to find out that it sucks, especially with no backwards compatibility. So people will end up overpaying for a system anyway at 500 bucks to get the 80 GB system.

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    Same thing for Microsoft and the Xbox 360. They probably don't sell the Core system anymore, but it was the dumbest thing ever. There is no harddrive to save your game... and to buy one seperately defeats the purpose of buying the core. They make their profit there with people having to buy add-ons.

    It's sad to see these things happen. I guess console makers do this because people are in fact, idiots.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TooCool View Post
    It's sad to see these things happen. I guess console makers do this because people are in fact, idiots.
    How are the HDs used in these consoles?
    How big are the save game tokens?
    How big is the file swap partition( hint, there isn't one)?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rebar71 View Post
    Specifically, I'm referring to their pricing model. You can get a 40 GB PS3 for $400 - the 80 GB version for $500. Why do they get away with charging $100 more for a mere 40 GB of hard drive space. Microsoft has the same pricing structure. WTF? You can buy a 250 GB HDD for $70 or less!

    Essentially, as it relates to hard drives, they are charging a premium for outdated technology - something you can't (wouldn't) even buy off the shelf.

    the 40gb is only $400 now? Damn, I may have to pick one up now.....as soon as they have a decent effing game to play I just might.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TooCool View Post
    Not only is there a huge 100 dollar difference from the 80 GB to 40 GB...

    The 40 GB PS3 only comes with TWO USB ports, whereas the 80 GB has four.

    Also, the 40 GB PS3 is NOT BACKWARDS COMPATIBLE!

    That is stupid isn't it? Sony knows how to rip people off. Some people might think the 40 GB is enough, only to find out that it sucks, especially with no backwards compatibility. So people will end up overpaying for a system anyway at 500 bucks to get the 80 GB system.

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    Same thing for Microsoft and the Xbox 360. They probably don't sell the Core system anymore, but it was the dumbest thing ever. There is no harddrive to save your game... and to buy one seperately defeats the purpose of buying the core. They make their profit there with people having to buy add-ons.

    It's sad to see these things happen. I guess console makers do this because people are in fact, idiots.
    I don't think the pricing structure is to take advantage of idiots. It's clearly (at least to me) setup that way to take advantage of misinformed parents buying Xmas gifts. If you are a parent who doesn't play games and little Timmy wants a PS3 chances are you are going to go for the cheapest console since you really don't understand the cost of accessories that will have to be purchased in the future. Especially effective if you are buying a gift for kids that aren't yours. You just pass the cost of accessories to their parents.

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    because the vast majority of people are in fact idiots.

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    Why the hell do you think companies spend so much money trying to change our behavior and expectations? For example - commercials.

    Oh wait - this is a political argument.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OrangePuck View Post
    the 40gb is only $400 now? Damn, I may have to pick one up now.....as soon as they have a decent effing game to play I just might.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rebar71 View Post
    Besides the smaller hard drive, the 40 GB PS3 has the same key technical details of the 80 GB version. However, the software emulation capability for backwards compatibility is gone in this model: Sony confirmed that this console will not run PS2 games. Gamers looking for this feature will have to shell out $500 for the 80 GB version.
    Why not just tell us to bend over.

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    I don't mind the lack of backwards compatibility. Just dust off the old PS2 if you want to play Final Fantasy 10 so badly.

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