We're currently looking at getting a PS3 mainly for Blu-Ray but also some gaming. I'd like to use it as a replacement for our ageing PS2 if I could but I gather that's where the trouble starts as the new ones are not backwards compatible. Is it worth trying to find a (probably second hand) model that is PS2 compatible and is there anything we need to look for?
Also I gather the hard disk is user-upgradeable. What is involved in doing this?
Only the NZ new 60GB PS3 will play PS2 and 1 games and even then not all of them, there is a site that lists them, plus the fact it has four USB ports and multiple card readers. I read somewhere that some US and Jap 80 and 40 GB early models would do it as well but no good if you have NZ region games. You see quite a few NZ 60GB PS3 on trademe 2nd hand, I guess it is buyer beware when buying something like this not new, like anything in this world, if it looks trashed it probably is. Changing the HDD is apparently a very quick job for anyone, it shows you in the manual and does not void warranty. As we own one, I would recommend trying to find a 60GB, the extra USB ports and card readers are great, they still fetch good coin second hand - usually more than new 40/80GB PS3's.
clevedon: Only the NZ new 60GB PS3 will play PS2 and 1 games and even then not all of them..
The PAL 40/80GB models have full backwards compatibility with PS1 games.
If I were you, I'd buy a 40/80GB model and another PS2 if yours is flaky. The PAL 60GB model didn't have 100% backwards compatibility with PS2 games, and buying the two separate units usually worked out cheaper than the 60GB unit, too.