Originally Posted by firebrick /forum/post/15459436
PS3 has long been the choice for affordable bluray with the most features. Now that there is so many choices out there, plus several heavy hitters coming soon, ie oppo, is PS3 still a good buy even if you are a non gamer?
Originally Posted by rmz76 /forum/post/15459820
The current budget-end Blu-Ray players (SONY BDP-S350, Samsung BDP-1500) are profile 2.0/BR Live compliant. These can be had for $199-$249 at retail and would probably be a better choice for the non-gamer. For a non-gamer, the PS3's ($399) retail cost difference $150 is getting you about 50% faster load time (thank the aforementioned players) and the addition of the built in DTS HD MA (Master Audio) decoder is what it comes down to... I think for most who are non-gamers (or just gamers not interested in the PS3) this cost would not be worth it... If you look at which Blu-Ray players are selling like hot-cakes, it's the S350 and Samy 1500 so I think the public has spoken and as usual most people are looking for a great bargain on a brand name product.
Not sure if this is true, but with it's powerful cell processor and built in hard drive the PS3 is probably more capable of handling future firmware updates than other stand alone players, so I think the PS3 is still a good bargain for those looking for a high-end Blu-Ray player.