I'm starting to come around to the PS3.... ... as a media center. The drive has been working very well so far with the three types of media I've used (CD, DVD, Blu-Ray). As I mentioned, the visualizer is AWESOME! Errr... right. I'm sold on nex-gen DVD. I understand that a lot of people think that downloadable nex-gen will be what's next - that may be. But first, multi-terabyte hard drives are going to have to come standard with computers for that to be feasable, and internet connection speeds will have to increase well over ten-fold (even if it took 2 hours to download a movie, that's still about 90 minutes more than it would take to drive to the store, and buy the darn thing), and I don't see that happening for years. Compact Discs are still the number one format for music, because a) they sound better and b) people are a big fan of tangible products. That said, the picture of Blu-Ray (and HD-DVD) is nice, and as soon as the titles come around, I think it will catch on. Blu-ray has a leg up on HD-DVD by the sheer number of Blu-ray players already sold (as PS3s)... but when HD-DVD players get cheaper, I'm assuming they'll be competitive. On an editorial note, it makes almost no sense to have two almost identitcal formats. Until special features and extras for movies are in high-definition, or until a more advanced codec pops up, a next-gen DVD will NEVER be filled up by a single movie. I do think that the PS3 is curently a better value than the 360... but only kind of. Yes, with wireless and HD-DVD, the 360 is 700 dollars. But the fact is, the PS3 is so far behind the 360 in terms of content, it's going to have trouble catching up for years. Seriously - years. So 360 = worse value, but people shouldn't care because the games are just so much better. So, so much. But that doesn't change the fact that, if you're a nex-gen DVD fan, the PS3 IS pretty great as a media center. It looks nice enough to fit in well with an expensive television, has a fan that actually operates at a reasonable volume - even if the next 360 incorporates an HD-DVD player, they would have to make the fan much, much, MUCH quieter for me to care. So... yeah. I look forward to the day when Sony starts putting out good games in a reasonable volume. A lot of people say that the take-off game for the 360 was Gears of War, but the fact is, Oblivian and a few good Rainbow Six games had already been out for a while. I don't know if MGS4 is going to alone make up for the dearth of content. That's all for now.