So some worry that with a PS3 your children will want to play a game instead of watching the movie you would pick. How is that any different than if you had a standalone and you want to watch Bourne Supremacy but they want to watch Cars?
Originally Posted by rod2467
...with the exception of the HTPC evolution at the turn of the century I can think of no other piece of Audio Video hardware that provides so much for so little.
I agree 100%. Maybe because I'm the same age, and went down the HTPC path with the same enthusiasm John did. I just got my PS3 on Friday and I love it.
Here are some impressions from a former Toshiba HD-A2 owner:Looks.
This is subjective I know, but I think it looks pretty nice. It's small and black, matches my black thinnish bezel Samsung 4661. It's easy to ignore or hide if you don't like the way it looks. Minor issue. Much worse would be a butt ugly display.Sound.
So far it's been very quiet. I've never heard it kick into high fan speed and I'd have to be no more than a few feet away with total movie silence to hear it at all.Speed.
The worst thing about my Toshiba was the interminable startup and chapter seek times. The PS3 blows it away. Chapter seeks are nearly as fast as a regular SD player. I'm not experienced with other Blu-ray players, but I understand that many of them are slow like the Toshiba. This is a big deal for me.Upgrade ability.
The firmware update happened on my first startup, quickly and painlessly. What other player will do that?
You can swap the hard disk easily if you like.
It will most likely add audio codec support and the 2.0 profile in the future.Performance.
Flawless so far. I'm comparing apples to oranges with 1080i60 to1080p24, different studios, etc. but I think video is a little better than I got with the Toshiba. I only have SPDIF audio. I can understand the lack of DTS lossless being an issue for some but I'm betting the PS3 will bitstream it in the near future.Media streaming.
It found my Windows machine and plays most divx/xvid files, music, and photos.Games!
Don't close your mind to this if you think you're not a gamer. It's so easy to download a demo and have some fun. What a total plus for a movie player to have! I bought the Orange Box with the system because I've played HL2 on the PC and I thought it would be good practice for me (I've never been good with a console controller, coming from the mouse and keyboard school of shooters).Gripes./
The interface lacks polish here and there compared to Windows Media Center and XBox. It's simple and usable though once you get used to it. I wish it had a better browser.