I admit I am new and have a few questions that I haven't found an answer.
Is the 80g that is being offered now superior to the original?
Basically I am looking for a page or a link to the discussion of any hardware updates or performance oriented issues/differences.
My primary use will be gaming and the blu-ray player. AND, I do realize the difference with the backward compatibility and hard drive size. I am not planning on downloading to the device or storing media....just saving my game!
What is average save size? Do I really have to even worry about the drive size?
To be completely honest I have been looking at the MGS4 bundle but would really like to solidify in my mind that the included machine is superior or at least not still first generation.
PSN ID: GMShinigami
80GB PS3 - Motorstorm Bundle
PSP 3000 - Mystic Silver
JPN PS2 Slim - Cinnabar Red
To answer your question simply:
1. Sit down and compare the 40gb and the 80gb features.
(If backwards compatiblity is not important to you and you don't need the media bay the 40gb would be suficient)
2. It is not superior to previous 80gb models it only has a Dual Shock 3 controller and MGS4.
(If you do not require the DS3 and MGS4 right out of the box then you can save the cash and the 40 would again be sufficient.
3. You can and probabally will want to upgrade your PS3 eventually to an even higher rate than 80gb.
(from 120gb to 500gb or even higher)
In the end only you will know what your needs are.
Just an FYI I never use more than one USB at a time and rarely play PS games on my PS3 as I have a perfectly mint PS2 for that.