$499 PlayStation 3 lacks HDMI output, Wi-Fi
Sony appears to have clarified the differences between the $499 and $599
PlayStation 3 models. According to a Word
document on the company's website, both versions will have 512 MB of
total onboard memory, as well as four USB ports, one Gigabit Ethernet
port, Bluetooth 2.0 support, 1080i/1080p HDTV output, and a 2X Blu-ray
drive. On top of those features, the $499 version of the console will
add a 20 GB hard drive, while the $599 version will have a 60 GB drive
plus 802.11b/g Wi-Fi support, a MemoryStick/SD/CompactFlash card reader,
and an HDMI output. Sony also
says its new wireless gyroscopic controller will ship "as standard,"
likely meaning both $499 and $599 versions will include it.
This pricing appears to be $100 above the Xbox 360, whose "Premium" $399
system also has a 20GB hard drive, lacks HDMI output and a card reader,
and only offers Wi-Fi support in the form of a separate $99.99 adapter.
Sony's $599 PS3 will end up costing twice as much as the Xbox 360 "Core"
system, however, which trades the "Premium" system's wireless gamepad,
hard drive, and headset for a $299 price point. Thanks to Joystiq for