Originally Posted by Sdallnct
you just made my argument for me....sony decided to give ps3 owners blu-ray at a cost....microsoft DID NOT decide to force you onto one of the formats and charge extra for it on their systems....sony did, while microsoft gives you a choice if you want to add on an hd-dvd drive.....simple point finished....ps3 owners had to pay extra because sony decided that was the way to go, instead of giving options on future expandability....
And so? You are trying to make an arguement that there is a perfect system that meets everyone's needs and wants. There is not. There are three different "next gen" systems to meet the needs of what individuals want.
Yes, Sony decided to put in a player and charge more. Saying that is "bad" and "no one would want that" and "they should give you a choice" is like saying it is bad to put an HD tuner in a TV display. Or it is bad to put in stereo speakers in a TV. Or that it is bad to have 7.1 surround included in a HT receiver. Or that it is bad that a DVD player include DTS. Or that everyone one of my components comes with it's own remote, when a univeral works them all, or that it is bad that every component comes with component cable...etc, etc, etc.
Any time you add any feature to a something it adds to the cost. It is a business decision and a business model. And the decision to add something or not is based on what they think people want.
So why did I buy a PS3
1st. My son had a PS2 for nearly five years and has like 35-40 games. How many of those would have played on the 360? So, even with the added cost of the BR player, I coming out way ahead then having to replace even half of those games on the 360. And so far every game we have tried has worked perfect.
2nd. I already had a wireless router, did not want to run yet more wires and am excited about the fact I just had to type in my security setting and it hooked up no problem. It does great from the far end of my house.
3rd. Since I recently upgraded to a HD PJ, I wanted to get a HD/BR player. However I didn't want to spend $400 on HD or $700+ on BR not knowing which (if any) format would win. So the PS3 was perfect! The PS3 is cheaper then a 360 + stand along BR player and very close in price to a 360 + HD add on. And again, who cares what format wins. By the time it will be all ironed out, you will have more money invested in software (movies) then the player (any player) anyway. So you will have plenty watch.
I noticed you glossed over your one argement that was not true about the HD not being able to be upgraded.
If you prefer to buy things that are stripped down and you want to piece meal whatever it is your buying. Hey, go for it. I got not problem with that. But I think it is silly of you to say Sony is wrong. It is different. It was idea for me, and obviously many, many, many others. But that is why there are competing systems, and since everyone wants something different, I wouldn't be surprised if all three do just fine.
I actually feel good about this system. On the PS2 my son and daughter were the only ones that used it. Now the whole family can enjoy the PS3.