Originally Posted by Neiladin
the 40 gig is the run down version, with no backwards compatability, smaller hard drive, and only two usb ports. the 80 gig is the first one that came out that people were bitching was too expensive, it has full backwards compatability to the ps1, has four usb ports, and has a bigger hard drive.
Actually, originally it was a 20 gig and 60 gig version. Both had hardware backwards compatability built in. Priced at $499 and $599 respectively.
Then they retired the 20 gig, leaving just the 60 gig. Then they dropped it's price, and introduced the 80 gig in the 60's previous price bracket. The 80 gig removed hardware backwards compatability, and instead used a software/emulation method. This resulted in about 80% compatability of PS2 games, where the original hardware method was around 95%.
60 gig was then $499, and 80 gig was $599.
Then they retired the 60 gig, leaving just the 80 gig. Then they finally realized they needed to get into a lower price bracket with a quickness, so out comes the 40 gig, but this time removing PS2 backwards compatability entirely (you can still play PS1 games).
40 gig is $399, and 80 gig is now $499.
So, if backwards compatability is important, one needs to procure a 20 gig or 60 gig version if they can. Otherwise 80 gig is your only option.
but, am I reading this correctly, he will NOT be able to play his older PS2 games, even the online type games he has?
Yep, unfortunately. If you're still in the return period, return the 40 gig and trade up to the 80 gig. Otherwise sell it and hopefully you can get full retail for it :-/