This 80gb PS3 was the last console to have any PS2 backwards compatibility and a card reader. It was also the first PS3 to be bundled with a game.
Just like the PAL territories' original "60gb" system, this new version of the PS3 hardware did not have full PS2 compatibility. Like the PAL CECHC, it had partial compatibility via a combination of the PS2's "Graphics Synthesizer" GPU and software-driven emulation. The lack of the PS2's original "Emotion Engine" CPU limited PS2 compatibility to less than 90% of the system's library. This model commonly shipped bundled with Motorstorm or Metal Gear Solid 4.
BACKWARDS COMPATIBLE - Partial backwards compatibility acheived through use of PS2 Graphics Synthesizer GPU and software.
CHIPSET - 90nm Cell / 90nm RSX
POWER CONSUMPTION - 200 Watts Avg. / 380 Watts Max.
MEMORY CARD ACCESS - The CECHE has a bay of memory card slots, supporting Sony Memory Stick, Memory Stick Duo, SD, Mini-SD, and Compact Flash
USB - The front of the CECHE console has four USB 2.0 compatible ports.
WIFI - Built-in B/G Wireless Networking Compability
RELEASE: August 2007 (North America)
ORIGINAL RETAIL PRICE: 499.99 USD
Full retail copy of Motorstorm included with early retail packages of this model
Model brought back into production to be bundled with Metal Gear Solid 4, then discontinued permanently
Replaced the discontinued CECHA "60gb" model
Co-existed at retail with the 40gb series of PS3s, but both were replaced by the non-backwards-compatible 80gb models afterward