I'm looking to buy a PS3. I won't deny that this is in part due to the recent news of hacking (of which I don't really know the details), but it is mainly due to timing regarding certain games (demons souls, ffxiii, ect) as well as the current state of my bank account. I've managed to hack my wii after much research and work and have also been using a hacked psp and a DS flash card for a pretty long time, but I don't really know anything about the PS3 (or xbox) scene right now. I know there's been recent news of a hacking, but that practical application of this for the public is not gaurenteed. The following are my questions in seeking a good buy; 1) Are there any specific versions or firmwares to keep an eye out for, or to avoid?? I know that for the psp and wii, having past a certain firmwares could make it much harder to hack, or having before certain ones could make it much easier. Is there a 'best' firmware? 2) Here is an ebay auction I'm eying that's ending soon http://cgi.ebay.com/60GB-Playstation-3-Lin...=item414ccec88b He claims his system can play PS2 ISOs off a USB drive. Is this legit? Can people do this now? If so, what are the requirements? Also, is that a good deal besides? just curious what ppl think. (auction will probably end before you respond) 3) In regard to PS2 backward compatibility, I know that different ps3 versions have varying degrees of compatibility. Can anyone explain to me what they are? I know that the version with the emotion engine has 100% compatibility. Which versions have this chip? What other versions have compatibility and how compatible are they? Do all 60gb systems have the emotion engine??? That seems to be it right now. though I probably forgot some questions and will post back. Thanks in advance for responses.