Originally Posted by Kid Red
To me, the PS3 is a trial run. I would get it without the BRD capability but it's a cheap way to see if that format will 1) win out over HD-DVD and 2) be a worth wild upgrade over current DVDs without jumping into a $1000 player.
All the more reason to question Sony's motives here vis a vis
other BD manufacturers. If PS3 is peoples' first exposure to BD, Sony has an incentive to make sure the PS3 is a very good BD player. Otherwise, it could sour a lot of people on the format for years to come. Also, I believe that BD and HD-DVD players introduced during the first year of each format will have ample opportunities to play regular DVDs, as people will not be eager to immediately upgrade their entire disk libraries and some titles will not be available at first. If the PS3 is not a good SD player (as speculated in this thread by John Williams), it may also reflect negatively on the format, especially if the cheaper, dedicated HD-DVD players can do quality upscaling of SD-DVDs.
So I'm still wondering 1) what Sony would stand to gain in the format war by releasing a PS3 that has mediocre BD and/or SD-DVD playback capabilities, 2) if Sony subsidizes
a PS3 that is comparable in playback quality (though perhaps not in features) to dedicated players, what do other BD manufacturers stand to gain, and 3) how can Sony manufacture a combination BD player and game machine, with BD/SD-DVD playback on a par with dedicated players, for the same or less than the dedicated players (even given the advantages of volume production)? I'm waiting for someone who really understands the manufacturing end of the industry to answer that last question. I'm just grasping at straws here.
Incidentally, the point about PS3 machine noise is good. But people can tolerate a lot for a $500 savings.