Playstation 3 PS3 160GB Dualshock 3 vs 40GB 80GB + 60GB

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The 160GB Limited Edition Playstation 3

The Limited Edition 160GB PS3 has the biggest harddrive available on a PS3, twice as much as it's predecessor. Like the recently released 80GB the 160GB PS3 comes with a DUALSHOCK 3 controller but also comes with a voucher that allows you to download four full games from the PlayStation Network, they are Gran Turismo 5 Prologue, Ratchet and Clank: Quest For Booty, The Last Guy and Super Stardust HD. Gran Turismo and ratchet & Clank are not big games but both are excellent, I have not played the other two so I cant comment but I have heard some good reviews. Sony call it a limited edition, basically they are testing the water to see if people care about harddrive size, it is a competitive price at £339.99, so worth a look!

The controller is now the Dualshock 3 which is the same as the Sixaxis pad but with rumble added, this is a major improvement! This does not just add to gameplay but the control pad is now heavier making it have a more solid and quality feel. Also I noticed it looks slightly different, other than the Dualshock 3 logo they have opted for a matt black finish to the pad instead of the transparent black of the original.

So comparing it to the PS3 40GB, 80GB + 60GB consoles.....

40GB + 80GB PS3

  • It will be very quiet like the 40GB + 80GB models, it uses the same processor which uses less power and produces less heat than the 60GB model. It also has a much bigger harddrive, the Dualshock 3 pad and the voucher to download four full games!

So it is a good upgrade and for what you get is a good price!

60GB PS3

  • The 60GB PS3 uses the original processor so the 160GB PS3 will be quieter and has a Dualshock 3 pad, an extra 100GB of memory, plus four games! However unlike the 60GB it will not play PS2 games, does not have SACD playback, a memory card reader or chrome trim and has two USB ports instead of four. 

So there are pros and cons, It is down to personal preference which one you would prefer.

Basically the 160GB model is the same as the 40GB and 80GB model just with the larger harddrive, better pad and downloadable games which you could buy for your 40Gb!  Comparing it to the 60GB model is the same as 60GB vs 40GB debate, it will be quieter running but is missing a few extras eg. memory card reader, backwards compatibilty with PS2 games etc....

If you need help choosing I have written a guide on the difference between the original PS3 60GB and 40GB where you can find more detailed information, feel free to take a look...

I hope this was helpful to someone, please contact me with any questions you may have. 

All the best Jake - PJMCCLARNON

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