Yea can be a tough call. If you are somewhat of a gamer I would say go with PS3 obv...I myself am wondering if the quality of the BD movies will be the same as a dedicated player. I think that I am either going to go with PS3 or a second generations HD, or BD player.
With only 400k PS3's to be shipped for the release to the US (and I believe this to be an over estimate. More likely 1/2 that amount, like the XBOX 360), it will probably be February or March next year before you can actually get a hold of one. That is near 1/2 year away.
The question should be, by the time I am able to get the PS3, would I have received the benefit from the player if I purchased it now. If the answer is yes, buy a player now. If no, wait.
This brings up an interesting thought. I wonder how many people will buy a PS3 as a dedicated BR player. If too many do, this will have a major (negative) impact on Sony's gamming division as it will give unrealistic numbers for the game developers to base their decisions on.
I just picked up my Playstation 3, and all I can say is WOW, Sony has made the wair worthwhile. I have seen an early Panasonic player and my friend has the Samsung, and I have to say this blu-ray player is the best yet. I am going to spend tomorrow all day with this thing. I am more interested in the movies than the games, so any report will have to do with the blu-ray movie part of the system. I had to update the game as soon as I hooked it up, which was very easy, about 5 minutes, and setting up the system (for your correct tv, ect) only took an additional 5 minutes. Wiring and hook-ups very easy, and I can tell you that the excitement is genuine from game players. It came with a game and I have never seen graphics so vivid and exciting before.
I am thanking God I did not go for hd-dvd, because this is incredible, and I have read that the game makers and movie makers don't yet use the full capacity and capability of blu ray. My nephew has the x-box 360, and was going to get the hd-dvd add-on, but today he was with me during initial play of the playstation, and he is going to sell his x-box and get one of the Playstations hopefully from the next shipment (and he is a HEAVY gamer). He just say there with the 2 games and his jaw hit the floor. So did mine with the blu ray movies. Got an early blu-ray of Ice Age 2, and I have never seen anything like this from a home theater. AWESOME!
Just for anyone's info, I am using the Sony VPL-11HT projector (1366x768) on white wall at 180". Also, according to the book, this system outputs 1080p for blu ray movies.
By the way does anyone know if there is a thread for new playstation 3 ownders? Can't seem to find one and there has to be....thanks
Luckily I had preordered online and asked for one day shipping, I would never wait in line to buy anything, especially where I live, northern Minnesota is just too cold this time of year, but our local Target had a line half way around the store, looked like a camping ground.
I played with the Playstation last night a bit before bed and the loading time of a disc is FAST, about the same time as a regular dvd.