Originally Posted by skogan
Maybe because they didn't come with a remote control... and the DVD playback feature got lost in games hype... but mostly just the lack of a standard old remote control.
That would explain the PS/2. It wouldn't explain the general attitude that pervades the debate (a game machine isn't a good DVD player) because the DVD enabling package for XBox is a dongle and a remote control.
It's also not clear whether the claims are true. We keep reading "nobody used the PS/2 for DVD" and yet people keep coming back with anecdotal evidence that they were used a lot for that purpose.
Considering players never took off big in Japan, and that DVD recorders did MANY years later, people have to ask: What were the Japanese watching DVD on? Perhaps on those 50 million PS/2 that sold in Japan.
Maybe it is as simple as "I don't think the PS/2 is a good enough DVD player for me" (the PS/2 was released several years after DVD was launched) turning into "The PS/2 wasn't a good enough DVD player".
It's true the PS/3 will unlikely satisfy the sensibilities of the videophile. But, how would that translate into nobody using it for BD playback when the units are owned vastly by non-videophiles?
Good enough would probably be good enough until the prices of stand-alones were appealing to the PS/3 owner.