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A driveless lower priced PS3 is a pretty good alternative to Apple TV, Google TB, Roku or Boxee as it can do the core streaming stuff (Netflix, Hulu, NHL, etc.) as well as games + web browsing at the same or near to same price point. The media management within the PS3 sucks for any large amount of files so the SSD does not need to be massive, just enough to handle a handful of full size games (which average between 2 and 14GB usually) and some smaller PSN downloads.
My PS3 phat that I used in the bedroom died a short while back and I would likely bite on a lower priced, quiet replacement. From the number of folks I see using Netflix in my friend's list I would say I am not the only one using the PS3 as a streaming device.
PSPGo is a different beast which was primarily killed by Sony's utterly botched execution (lack of day and date releases, crap DRM implementation, shoddy storefront, etc.).