Pros Good price, awesome picture, Blu-Ray baby!, great games, very quiet and fairly energy efficient
Cons I'll probaly have to upgrade to a larger hard drive at some point
Summary My 2 best friends have an XBOX 360 and a Nintendo Wii, and I decided on the PS3 for myself because I like more variety in my gaming experience and because of the built-in Blu-Ray player. Movies REALLY do look better in Blu-Ray, and the PS3 even upconverts my current dvds to look practically HD, which means I don't need to re-purchase movies that I already have!
For me, this is a PERFECT system and just what I was waiting for. It was worth it just for the Blu-Ray player alone, or for the game system alone, but to have both in one package for under $400 is a sweet deal. Even my wife has been having fun playing it, and she's not a gamer at all. Plus 6 free Blu-Ray movies thrown in...how could I refuse? I'm really loving it so far and can't believe I worried so much about whether and when to buy one.
There are so many great PS3 games out and coming soon that the library / availability isn't an issue at all for me.
I sat out the last console generation, and have 0 PS2 games. So for me, backwards compatibility wasn't an issue, and frankly I'd rather not pay for stuff I won't use anyway.
2 USB ports is all I need, since the controllers can be powered in any USB port (computer, etc). The 40GB hard drive is fine for me now since I don't use too many of the media features accept demo downloads. I can see needing to upgrade to a larger hd in the future, but then they'll be cheaper anyway.
All of the supposed "cons" of this cheaper system didn't apply to me, so it was a great buy.
Pros Great gaming experience and great movie playback on both DVDs and BDs.
Cons No PS2 backwards compatibility; no USB inputs on the back.
Summary This is my first Playstation and so I guess everyone else's complaint about it not being backwards compatible with PS2 is really a non-issue for me. I bought this console because I wanted a Blu-Ray player. Since I like video games (I was mostly a Nintendo player) and was in the market for a BD player, I just decided to get a PS3. All I can say is that I'm really happy with it and I use my PS3 for gaming now more than I do for watching movies. Anyway, I love my PS3 now. I also had Xbox 360 and I can say that the PS3 is a more elegant device.
"Futureproof"on by kuliddar
Pros Constant profile updates, fast loading time, very versatile, great upconverter
Cons Not a lot of outputs, need to pay extra to get a remote if you don't want to use PS3 controller
Summary I wanted to get into Blu-ray but wanted something future proof that I could enjoy for a very long time. The PS3 was a no brainer for a BR player. Not only because of its price but also because it receives profile updates often, keeping the player updated to the new specs of BR. It's a great upconverter and obviously, the plus is that I can also get games if I wish. My primary use for it is movies since I bought it last Jan. and have yet to buy a single game. I have a dozen BR movies though
It's really a great product and people shouldn't be caught in the paradigm that a console isn't as good as a stand-alone player...on the contrary.
"a blu ray player"on by jahpeople
Pros it's a bluray player, and a ps3!
Cons a bit pricey
Summary the ps3 is a mighty fine piece of hardware. i purchased this after a recent trip to bestbuy in search of a sony BD player. the model i wanted was sold out, sigh, so i picked this up with the remote instead.
the ps3 performs very well as a BD player. the sold separately blue-tooth remote goes a long way toward making viewing movies on your ps3 a more enjoyable experience. i don't understand why the remote hasn't been included in any of the ps3 sku's so far, but do yourself a favor and pick that up too. only 25 bucks.
the ps3 outputs 1080p movies at 24p, the same frame rate as the source material, right out of the box. there is little or no artifacting as a result. motion blur and contrast will all vary depending on what model tv you're using, but on my sony bravia everything looks beautiful. it's likely that on any 1080p lcd, dlp, or plasma hdtv images will be equally good. navigating menus is easy and responsive (when using the remote) as the ps3 reacts very quickly to any issued commands. the slot loader worries me a bit, i just wonder how the longevity of discs will be affected by that design.
gaming on the ps3 is still a big question mark for me, as i've yet to find any games that have that "wow" factor. this coming year promises to be a good one for sony, releases like GTA:IV and devil may cry 4 give me something to look forward too, as well as all of the sony exclusives such as the new final fantasy.
if you really want a blu ray player, and like video games, the ps3 is your best option. from a BD player standpoint this is one of the better units available right now. a growing library of games will help make this a better gaming system, but right a selection of diverse game offerings is sadly lacking.
Pros Build quality, Features that work. Its finally got afew games on the way.
Cons Blu Ray (will explain later). Poor marketing and business strategy by Sony
Summary Ok, so it doesnt have the ability to play PS2 games! So What!! I imagine that at a guess 80% of the people that bought a PS3 already own a PS2? And if your that desperate, go and buy a second hand one! They cost peanuts!
Now this console is the same as the 60/80GB versions except for the features that are missing. It still plays the same games to the same quality and movies. It still has wifi and looks exactly the same as the other to. Im trying to figure out why so many people on here who loved the 60GB version when that came out are now scoring this version so low. I will say it again, as a games machine, ITS THE SAME MACHINE!!
My friend bought this version the other day, and since i have a 60GB version i decided to take a look. Its a good working piece of kit. And i have noticed that alot of you appear to be having connectivity problems with your wifi. Well ive setup five of these machines now in the UK, and i have had no problem with any of them. I simply read the manual of the Router and that was that. Sorry!!
My only real issue with the PS3 is the Blu Ray drive. For games it works a treat. But for movies, well i think unspectacular would best describe it. Oh sure on a tv 55" or above that 1080p signal is a treat. But on standard 32",42" panels, it makes no dam difference. In truth it does give a better picture, but in reality my eyeball simply cannot see the difference. I have some very good standard DVD kit. And to be fair my upscaling DVD player is alittle bit better than the PS3. And its not down to poor cabling or a low quality tv either. Thats one of the reason for poor sales. The thing can really do all the things the advertising says. And it really is 10 times better than DVD on paper. But its bit like this. If you wanted to buy say a whistle for refereeng a game of soccer or something. You would go to a shop and ask for the best and loudest whistle money could buy. And the shopkeeper would sell you a dog whistle? Because it really is the loudest whistle there is. But the only problem is you cant hear it. Its abit like the BluRay player and your eyeball, it cant see the difference!