I'm no fan of Sony on the whole. This is mainly because of the smugness they keep displaying, shoveling out inferior products and then telling the masses to like it and if they don't, then it's because they don't understand the sheer brilliance of their stuff. There is a loooong laundry list of quotes from Sony brass condescending to their Playstation clients but I won't get into that right now. My point is that when WB decided to go Blu-ray, it seems more likely that it will win the HD disc fight over rival HD DVD. This development saddened me. I have a few HD DVD for my Xbox 360's HD add-on but now I felt that I would be shut out. All sorts of great stuff I'd like to see in HD would be coming for Blu-ray (Star Wars, HBO shows like Rome, Lord of the Rings...man, that would look sweet in HD) so what was I to do? Thanks to Kenny and his US address, I snagged a cheap, used, discontinued 20GB PS3 online and it works fine.
Now don't get me wrong. I didn't get this system for the games. There are very few things I want to play of PS that aren't available for Xbox (except MLB: The Show...that looks kinda sweet). The main reason I wanted this PS3 was that it remains the best Blu-ray player on the market, cheaper, more easily upgradeable and more advanced than stand-alone units. Why did I go for the 20GB? Well, it's discontinued and the hard disk is small, hence its cheapness online. It does have an advantage that the terrible 40GB model currently for sale doesn't: it features the PS2 chipset, meaning older games are straight up backwards compatible as opposed to software emulated, which the 40GB does shoddily, I'm told. Regardless, like I said, this machine isn't really for my gaming but for my movie watching.
I am ashamed to admit I bit at Sony's hook and I'll be dragged into the Blu-ray market by force. I suppose none of this will matter once they make it so movies download directly to the brain. But that's a long time off. For now, I have both my HD movie sources covered.