Pros The whole machine cost less than just upgrades to a Xbox 360 Arcade
Cons Lack of PS2 compatability
Summary CNET can ***** about fine points if they want but if i had $400 and could choose ANY game console this would be the one! It packs the MOST value in for the price out of all the next gen consoles including the Wii and every flavor of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
The whole machine cost less than just adding upgrades to the lowest price Xbox 360. To upgrade the Xbox 360 Arcade to be like the 40 gb PlayStation 3 you would need a hard drive $99 - $189, Wi-Fi add on $99, HD-DVD drive $180, and online service $50 per year. Their is no contest - this is a better value.
Also CNET says that the bad is:
"Compelling exclusive games are still few and far between;" - I have personally downloaded nearly 50 of the weekly FREE game demos that come from the PlayStation Network. Also Ratchet & Clank, Uncharted: Drakes Fortune, Heavenly Sword, WarHawk, MotorStorm and a ton of other games are available for the PlayStation 3. All the same games that are available for the Xbox 360 are available for the PlayStation 3 (except of course for exclusives such as Gears of War,BioShock, and Mass Effect).
"doesn't play PS2 games;" - Well for $100 more you can get the 80 gb version that has can play PS2 games and includes MotorStorm. Also for $129 you can buy a PS2 slim or you can buy a used one for much less ($50-$75) at a GameStop or EB Games.
"PlayStation Home and rumble controller not available until 2008;" - CNET really is just nit-picking and being hypocritical with this one. They do not mention that the Xbox 360 does not have motion sensing or a virtual player avatar yet as a CON for the system.
"a USB port on the back would've been nice;"
Well bluetooth on the Xbox 360 or a USB port on my behind would have been nice too but it aint there!
"no infrared port means non-Bluetooth universal remotes aren't compatible;" - Are you kidding??? How can you complain that you would rather have an infared remote supported rather than a bluetooth one! I found the bluetooth remote to be lighter and to have more range. It is like complaining that your DVD player does not support VHS tapes! Really petty CNET!
"glossy black finish is a fingerprint magnet;" - Well white finishes are a dirt and stain magnet. I guess they would rather look at dirt, scuffs, and stains than notice a fingerprint up close. Still petty CNET!
"online gaming, media, and commerce options not nearly as developed as Xbox Live." -Considering the service just came out last year it is still on par with Xbox Live. In fact i am disappointed that MicroSoft is not doing more with the service considering the enormous head multi-year start Xbox Live had AND that they charge each gold member $50 per year. With all that time and money they have the consumer should have received more or it should be FREE by now.
Despite CNET's petty nit-picking i say that the 40 gb PlayStation 3 is by far and away the BEST value for the money that you are going to see in next generation gaming. All that and it comes with a FREE copy of the High Definition version of the Spider-Man 3 Movie - worth $35 on it own.
Pros Super low wattage means lower heat and noise levels.
Cons No backwards compatability to PS2 games.
Summary I bought the 60 GB version but it overheated on day three. The Blu-Ray drive was very noisy and interfered with our movie watching experience.
When I returned it I got the 40 GB version and love it. Super quiet!
I used to be an Xbox user so I don't have a library of PS2 games to worry about. The $100 price drop and the new lower priced edition is what convinced me to switch over platforms. Way to go Sony.
Pros Blu-Ray Baby! On-line Connection! Covers all the bases!
Cons Limited Quality Games. Accessories can be expensive!
Summary I explored both Blu-Ray and HD-DVD capabilities, and decided on Blu-Ray. The movie companies seem to be supporting the Blu-Ray format as well. I originally leaned towards HD-DVD, but the PS3 with a 40GB HD convinced me otherwise. If you do decide to go with HD-DVD buy a Toshiba player; the add on to the X-BOX is not up to par, and is an expensive option. Thus if you want gaming and HD-DVD, you have to spend a million dollars. The PS3 has so much more to offer for the money than the X-BOX. With the PS3 you get an HD quality player that has on-line capabilities, and gaming possibilities all rolled into one. True the X-BOX has the lead in quality games, however you must remember that it has been on the market for a while. In addition, it seems like Microsoft is always looking to the future and forgetting about its current systems; I can't wait to see when the X-BOX 3 will come out (same time as the new Windows OS I bet). Sony seems to be looking towards the future of its console while living in the present. The PS3 has room to grow and to become an established leader, while the X-BOX will have a million different versions and force their owners to purchase multiple systems. Finally, the 40GB version of the PS3 brought the price down enough to where I can afford to make the leap to Blu-Ray and the next generation of gaming. So there you have it! The PS3 offers a reasonable priced system with loads of features. The only thing I do not like are the keyboard prices, and that the remote was not included with the system. But, when I brought it home and hooked it up to my Samsung 40 inch 1080P LCD HD-TV, it looked awesome. I was surfing the web, and watching movies in no time. Needless to say, I now have to save my pennies up to purchase a game...hahahaha. Good luck with the purchase of your new PS3, because you will not regret it.
Pros blu-ray, some exclusive games
Cons No PS2 backwards compatibility, interface too complicated for the older generation (cross media bar)...... game selection not as extensive as the xbox 360, big weird bulky shape
Summary I bought this for my father as a bluray player and he didn't even want to try and figure out how to get a movie going, he was just too intimidated......there should be a plug and play mode if you want to use it EXCLUSIVELY for a bluray player. I got him a free standing Pioneer in it's place and there is NO problem for him........If Sony wants to sell this as a cheaper bluray alternative they must take care of this so not to scare off the older crowd. The cross media bar was BAD on their TV's and it's just as bad on the PS3.
Pros If it worked as it's advertised, it would be great
Cons Hard Drive failed, hard to use, lousy browser, poor support
Summary I got the unit 10 days ago along with the Sony remote control. I opened the manual and went through the setup with several calls to customer support.Some setup screens are hard to navigate and very poorly designed. Had to update the system immediately.
The web browser is very hard to use.
I found that if I called Playstation customer support with the same issue, I got completely different answers, but eventually found one that helped, until...
Last night, after loading 80 audio CDs, I turned on the unit and got a message that "The hard disk's database will be rebuilt." 3 calls to customer support all told me that I'd lost all my files and Sony would do NOTHING to help me recover them. So I'm returning the unit.
I don't have time for bad products and bad service.