OK, let's agree that the PS2 isn't the best DVD player out there. But depending on your TV size and type, you'd be hard pressed to see the difference. Since I have a smaller interlaced WEGA with a single component video input, a convergence box works great for me. Anyway, I've been using the PS2 as a DVD player for 2 years (never had a standalone player). The original PS2, however, had a couple of shortcomings (noisy fan, DVD remote required use of second controller port, DVD update driver used 20% of memory card, no prog video). At long last, *all* these shortcomings have been addressed in the new PS2 PLUS hardware revision. These units have been available for about a week now and can be identified by the yellow + symbol in the corner of the blue retail box. Features: fan is now whisper quiet (a huge improvement), IR port is now built-in to the unit (DVD remote still purchased separately), DVD driver 3.00U is now in firmware (finally off your memory card), and Progressive video is here. The unit also supports DTS, but I don't recall if that was available in previous units or not. If you are using a PS2 as a DVD player, this upgrade is *highly* recommended. At GameStop you can currently trade in your old PS2 for $100, so the new unit will only cost you $79.