There are several PlayStation 3 hardware models of the Fat model, they are easily distinguishable by the size of their hard drive: 20, 40, 60, 80 or 160 GB. The only difference in the appearance of the first five models was the color, several USB ports, the presence or absence of a gate (which covers the card readers) and some minor changes in the ventilation ducts. All packs include one or two Sixaxis controllers and / or a DualShock 3 controller (as of June 12, 2008), a miniUSB to USB cable (to connect them to the console and to connect a PSP to the console), a power cable Composite video, an Ethernet cable (20, 60 and 80 GB models only) and the power cable.
All models are capable of emulating software to the original PlayStation, but support for PlayStation 2 hardware is only available for versions 20 and 60 GB, software emulation is partial in other models, the latest model that has Integrated PlayStation 2 emulation was the 80GB pack (CECHE) with Metal Gear Solid 4. All models, except the 20GB model, include 802.11 b / g Wi-Fi.
The 20 GB model was only distributed in the United States, where it was discontinued due to low sales, so it did not reach Europe. This model included an HDMI 1.3 connector that previously could only be found in the standard model. On the other hand, Sony plans to sell a memory card reader and an external Wi-Fi adapter for this model. However, these aggregates have not yet been released. However, this model offers four USB 2.0 ports, as well as expansion slots for memory cards.
In addition to all the features of the 20 GB model, the 60 GB model has several flash card readers (SD / Multimedia Card, CompactFlash Type I / Type II, Microdrive, Memory Stick / PRO / Duo) and a chrome color design. In terms of hardware, the 80 GB CECHE model released in South Korea is identical to the 60 GB CECHC model released in PAL regions, except for the different size of the hard drive.
The 60GB models for Europe (CECHC), those of South Korea and North America (CECHE) of 80GB exclude the “Emotion Engine”, the PlayStation 2 CPU that was replaced by an emulated version using the Cell Broadband Engine. However, the “RSX Reality Synthesizer” is preserved, the GPU using a hardware and software hybrid to emulate it. Due to the removal of the “Emotion Engine” and its replacement by an emulated software version, the level of compatibility with PlayStation 2 was lower.
The 160, 40, 80 GB models (CECHL, CECHM and CECHK) and have two USB ports instead of the four USB ports of other models and do not include multiple flash card readers, SACD support, or PlayStation game support 2. This was due to the elimination of the “RSX Reality Synthesizer”.