Originally Posted by alkemyst
The older ones are supposedly very loud and run hot, but can play PS2 games.
The newer ones are quieter but lose backwards compatibility.
Stick with a new one. IIRC, the older "Fat" model was discontinued in 2009 or early 2010 so any model with backward compatibility is likely going to have a lot of miles on it already. I got the Slim model in 2009 and it is a good player and video streamer for Netflix, Amazon, etc. Plus the PS3 has some good exclusives like the Uncharted and God of War series.