Originally Posted by BillP
Sorry, but I disagree. The PS3 was considered an acceptable BluRay player, but never a top one (especially considering the lack of a usable remote). IMO, you'll always be better off with a stand-alone player than a PSx. And 8k graphics doesn't help you unless you have an 8k display.
No "usable" remote? What did people do? Put the disk in and just let it auto-start until it was over? I'm pretty sure unless you are a total dummy you can figure out how to play, pause, stop, FF, Rewind, return to main menu, eject, and change options all with the trusty dual shock 3. Most good theaters will have a universal remote which works with PlayStation. Or shell out $20 for Sony branded remote.
And it most certainly was considered one of the best Blu Ray drives at it's time. It was able to get firmware updates and didn't lack any abilities like some modern 4K players lack Dolby Vision or Atmos.
The other guy talking about it not being good enough for even a cheap home theater...what are you talking about? Back in 2006 you'd have to have bought, at cheapest, a $500 PS3 which had a Blu Ray drive. If you wanted a separate Blu Ray player for "better quality" movie experience, it would have been at least another $450-600. How much improvement in picture or audio quality would you have gotten? If you already planned to play video games and bought for both video games and movies, you'd be an absolute jabroni to spend an equal amount as a PS3 when I would bet money you couldn't tell any difference between a Blu Ray on PS3 vs any other top of the line Blu Ray player at the time. Spending the extra $500 on an amp or AVR would be so much better money invested. Of you don't want to play video games, a PS3 was probably still the better option since a PS3 would retain it's price much better than a dedicated Blu-ray player without an expanding library of video games. Didn't take long for Blu-ray players to reach $200 and then later $60. I used my original PS3 for a year and a half and sold for no loss. Never have I thought to myself, I wish I had benefits of a standalone player until my Xbox one S didn't have Dolby Vision. Guess what? I'll wait for PS5. Hell, lots of standalone 4K players still lack Dolby Vision or other standards. Yet, they still cost over $300 with missing features. Guaranteed when PS5 comes out it'll have all the features and cost only moderately more than standalone players but with far more features.
Of all the things to rag on someone for in the home theater, the use of a console as a Blu Ray player is dumb. I can see buying one or the other, but not both and if you like video games the decision is clear...buy a console and save money from a standalone player to put towards the tv/projector/audio.
"...for people who don't care how or WHAT they consume..."
Who the hell doesn't care what they watch? They just turn on the idiot box and watch colors and hear sounds come out and that's all they care about? People who stream are just watching first thing that comes on according to this guy.