"Poor features for the money!"2.0 starson by NavyMustang
Pros: AWESOME gaming capability!
Cons: Lots! Read below!
Summary: Ok, let me start off by saying that CNET has done a GREAT disservice to readers by having these opinions dating back to FAR before the release date! Hundreds of user ratings of "10" before the launch??? It would have a MUCH lower opinion rating if they started a thread for AFTER the release date!
SO, here's the real skinny...
Sony has done a fantastic job in delivering a next-generation gaming system. The video quality is superior and having a $500 to $600 blu-ray player is astounding. SO, if ALL you plan on doing is gaming and paying lots of money for blu-ray movies (probably about 99% of you), then this is a great system. BUT BEWARE! The initial costs are FAR above JUST the money for the system! Read on!
NOW, the LIST of "cons"...
Included in the box is a power cord and a standard RCA cable for hook-up. THAT'S IT! You want that HI-DEF capability that is touted so much? You have to purchase either component cables or an over-priced HDMI cable. The CHEAPEST HDMI cable that I have been able to find is $30 for 8 feet, but again, CHEAPEST. You're looking at between $100 to $200 for a GOOD HDMI cable that's LONG enough to place the PS3 in a convenient location. The component cables are MUCH less inexpensive and can be found on eBay, but finding them in a store is close to impossible. Oh, and then there is the optical audio cable that you MAY need. Sure, if your stereo receiver HAS an HDMI input, then you're set! In my case, my TV has an HDMI input, but of course I only get the benefit of the stereo speakers. Of course, everyone has different systems and you may be just fine with the HDMI only option but again, you're going to pay a lot for a quality cable!
Once you HAVE the HI-DEF hooked up, gaming is awesome as is the blu-ray player. But is that ALL you care about? You shouldn't! Let's talk controllability... The PS3 does NOT have an infrared port. That Harmony universal that you paid a couple hundred for? Forget it! It can control everything in your entertainment system EXCEPT for the Playstation. SURE, it DOES have bluetooth! SO, go and find a nice bluetooth remote to control that blu-ray movie. Good luck with that one! You're stuck using the included six-axis wireless controller included in the box! SPEAKING of that awesome controller...
It is VERY light! I've read several posts complaining about that. It DOES feel very strange in your hands. That's not a show-stopper though. What IS a show-stopper is when the battery runs out on it! NO replaceable batteries. Not TOO bad you say... I'll just plug it in and use it while it's charging! ONLY if you can deal with the included THREE-FOOT USB cable! Want a longer one so that you can sit on your couch and play/control video? GO BUY ONE! Oh, and when you go to pay fifty-bucks for a SECOND wireless controller, guess what? It does NOT come with another USB cord! You have to use the one included in the box to charge the second remote or again, BUY one!
Also under features is the "web browsing" capability of the PS3. NICE feature! It would be a LOT nicer though if you could actually read what you are browsing! Sure, you can increase the text size or even "stretch" the browser window, but then it looks distorted and funny. I'm willing to be that THIS particular feature won't get much use!
Ok, other features include music, pictures, video from a digital camera, etc... I think that I see something JUST like that on my $200-cheaper XBOX 360! So if you're impressed by THOSE features, don't be. You CAN, however, hook up a USB keyboard to the PS3 for web browsing which is neat, or even a bluetooth keyboard. But again, you won't be using that feature in my opinion!
Ok, so I have droned on long enough. I like my PS3, but it's a far cry from being the best. Graphics and the blu-ray drive feature surpass the XBOX 360, but in an all-around comparison, the 360 wins hands-down. Just think about it before you go paing a ton on eBay for a shiny new PS3!