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New 80GB and 60GB PlayStation 3 (PS3) Specifications and Details

The 80GB and 60 GB PS3 specs look largely the same, sans an Emotion Engine chip

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80GB PlayStation 3 and MotorStorm Bundle

80GB PlayStation 3 and MotorStorm Bundle

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With the announcement of a new 80GB PlayStation 3, Sony has released new specs and details for their current systems. The new 80GB and 60GB PS3 specs resemble the previous 60GB PS3 specs, with, of course, the exception of a larger hard drive on the new model. One other notable exception is the lack of an Emotion Engine chip listed in the specs for either the 80GB or 60GB PS3.

This has led to the speculation that future production models of the 60GB PS3 are likely to resemble their 80GB counterparts, and rely on software emulation for PS2/PSone backwards compatibility. Current 60GB and 20GB PS3s have an Emotion Engine in them and thus use their hardware to achieve backwards compatibility. Sony claims that the software emulation allows for compatibility with "virtually all" PS2 and PSone games. All versions of the PS3 care compatible with DVD and audio CD playback.

All PlayStation 3's are powered by the Cell Broadband Engine, an amazing chip that uses eight microprocessors, allowing it to do many massive calculations at the same time. Every PS3 system is equipped with a built-in Blu-ray Disc player which not only allows for more game content, but for HD movie playback as well. The PS3 systems ship with a Sixaxis wireless controller. The Sixaxis is a redesign of the popular PlayStation Dualshock controller, but, in addition to being wireless, also features tilt sensors that allow gamers to move the controller to control the action on-screen.

PS3 Technical Specifications / Details
PS3 system (80GB HDD version):

  • Dimensions: Approximately 325mm (W) x 98mm (H) x 274mm (D)
  • CPU: Cell Broadband Engine
  • GPU: RSX
  • Main Memory: 256MB XDR Main RAM
  • Embedded VRAM: 256MB GDDR3 VRAM
  • Hard Drive Disk: 2.5” Serial ATA (80 GB HDD)
  • Main Input/Output: USB 2.0 (x4), MemoryStick/SD/CompactFlash
  • Ethernet: 10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T
  • Bluetooth: 2.0 (EDR), Wireless Controller (up to 7)
  • Wireless Communication: IEEE 802.11 b/g
  • Screen Size: 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
  • HDMI: HDMI out – (x1/HDMI)
  • Analog: AV MUTLI OUT x1
  • Digital Audio: DIGITAL OUT (OPTICAL x1)
  • Disc Drive: Blu-ray/DVD/CD (read-only)

PS3 system (60GB HDD version):

  • Dimensions: Approximately 325mm (W) x 98mm (H) x 274mm (D)
  • CPU: Cell Broadband Engine
  • GPU: RSX
  • Main Memory: 256MB XDR Main RAM
  • Embedded VRAM: 256MB GDDR3 VRAM
  • Hard Drive Disk: 2.5” Serial ATA (60 GB HDD)
  • Main Input/Output: USB 2.0 (x4), MemoryStick/SD/CompactFlash
  • Ethernet: 10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T
  • Bluetooth: 2.0 (EDR), Wireless Controller (up to 7)
  • Wireless Communication: IEEE 802.11 b/g
  • Screen Size: 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
  • HDMI: HDMI out – (x1/HDMI)
  • Analog: AV MUTLI OUT x1
  • Digital Audio: DIGITAL OUT (OPTICAL x1)
  • Disc Drive: Blu-ray/DVD/CD (read-only)
For more detailed technical specifications, including performance data, see the original PS3 specs and details.
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