Originally Posted by MrHunt
Games are generally loaded and cached onto the systems memory... they don't constantly load like movies, and many games on the PS3 have the ability to install and cut down on load times... so it shouldn't be an issue.
It's going to be an issue just like DVD was an issue for the PS2. I don't have a horse in the Next Gen DVD format war, but I will say I'm not a fan of Sony. In general, their optical drives in particular and new Sony technology to be even more specific.
It's sad really; I was a Sony loyalist for years. Everything in my house was Sony. Sony TV, Sony Receiver, Sony CD Player, Sony Alarm Clock, Sony Answering Machine, Sony Cordless Phone, if Sony made it I had one. Then the PS came along and was less than reliable. Reliability issues and the need to flip early PlayStations upside down in order for them to read game disks were problems I overlooked. After all I had a Sony CD Player that had been running like a champ for years so there was no reason to doubt Sony based on the poor initial performance of early PlayStations. Then DVD came along. I scraped and saved until I could buy a first generation Sony DVD Player, which died on me after a few months and was replaced by a new Sony DVD Player. The second stand alone DVD Player died after a few months as well, but by that point I was the proud owner of a brand new PlayStation 2. I am now on my third PS2, which is my fifth Sony device with a DVD Drive and I am far less enthusiastic about the Sony brand name these days. Funny that I've had six Sony Game Systems due to failed optical drives while my original May of 1995 Sega Saturn is still going strong.
I think the slim line PS2s are a good product, but it took Sony four years to work out all the DVD Drive bugs in the PS2. I'm willing to bet that the PS3 will also have a high drive failure rate. I would keep an eye on the Sony forums for the next six to nine months before committing to buying a PS3. Perhaps Sony has worked out their optical drive woes, but I'm not going to bet on it. I'm going to get a PS3 eventually, but I'm going to let other users play the role of guinea pig for Sony this time around.