Sony are finally getting around to launching the PS3 here in the UK on Friday. Sony's official EU PS3 site is, in short, woeful. Clicking on a link titled "storage" I expected an explanation of the flash card readers, the ability to store media on the hard drive and the like. Instead I got a peculiar video of a man wandering around a house filled with haphazard stacks of 'stuff' whilst a voice over talks about 'BluRay knows where it isn't. BluRay knows where it is'. Erm....? Heading around the gaming stores, both independant & chain, and the major electrical retailers here and not one has a PS3 out on display and hooked up to a TV. Compared to the X360 launch one could be forgiven for thinking that Sony are doing their level best to keep the launch low key and potential buyers ignorant of anything bar BR playback and games. Most of the reviews of the PS3 hardware and operating system have covered gaming and BR disc playback, but there is very little touching on being able to read, store and display/playback media to and from the hard drive, card reader & USB slots save that these functions exist. Question is; could someone describe how these functions work? The user interface? Are videos & photos that don't match the exact resolution & ratio of the HD outputs distorted to fit or does the PS3 crop/pillarbox/letterbox on the fly? How simple is the interface to use & access? I've read numerous other posts on gaming forums and the like, but the signal to noise ration (aka rational people to over-caffienated fanboys!) is remarkably low out there! I'd be most appreciative if a PS3 owning anyone would be good enough to spare 5 mins to answer my points of interest. Thanks!