Hey all, I'm a relative n00b with PS3's and modding them, but not to modding consoles and homebrew in general. I have a few questions and finding info seems to be difficult. I'm basing all my info on this guide currently. Feel free to skip down to the questions, I didn't mean to write so much lol. Also I attached some pix for... well I guess for fun really. I just got a 1st-gen PS3 (CHECHA01) on stock firmware 4.84. It was kinda on a whim because of my buddies (we all bought in). The place where I got it has a bunch of other slims & newer fatties too, and I'm still in the timeframe where I can easily take the PS3 back for an exchange, but (aside from modding capability and certain hardware differences) it's not clear what benefits there are between different PS3 models. After looking into things, it appears that original-gen fatties only really have the benefits of: Being easier to mod Having PS2 hardware built in ...but with the detriments of being a huge risk for YLOD'ing, having very old hardware in general, and I already know I'm gonna have to take this shit apart for some cleaning (and probably some modding) because it was burning up after being on for like 2 minutes earlier. SO, my questions: 1. Is there any objective benefit to having built-in PS2 hardware? Once I install CFW I should be able to run PS1 & PS2 ISO's right? I still have physical copies for almost all the PS1/2 games I care about, but being able to make ISO's for backups or just run those to preserve the disks would be really convenient. Any model that can have CFW installed can run PS1/PS2 ISO's from what I can see, is that right? It does always feel nice just being able to pop that disk in though... ...then again I'm already gonna need to use virtual PS2 memory cards or find some obnoxious workaround for transferring my old saves for the games where it matters. The store where I got the console mentioned some PS2 memory card adapter thing, I should probably look into that. 2. Does any of the other hardware stuff matter? The extra USB ports are nice, but realistically any more than 2 is overkill unless there's something I'm not considering—maybe extra spots for keyboard and mouse? Will that be useful? Any other peripherals to consider? idk Everything else just looks like additional slots for media cards and shit. I assume I'll primarily be using the internal HDD (or an external/networked drive) for games, so I don't know what benefit any of this stuff would provide. 3. Is this shit too old to last? As far as the age, most PS3s are already old as shit. Is there a big difference getting a newer model? I saw something saying the best thing to do with a new PS3 is immediately open it, clean it and replace the thermal paste. I also saw something about airflow mods and controlling the fan speed. I'm willing to do all of this, but I want to make sure I'm using the best model first. 4. Any Linux or software limits? Is Linux relegated to the original Gen1 PS3's only or not? Are there any unexpected issues/software limitations I'd find on a newer PS3 model, as long as it's still jailbreak-able? 5. Where's the homebrew? Running backups and loading savefiles will be all good and useful and shit but where's the cool stuff people are developing for the PS3? I assume some is in this forum. Any other good sources? Any help is appreciated. Sorry for the novel lol.