Everyone click on over to here: http://www.clubskill.com/Game_News/3494/Sony dismisses PS3 rumours Notably: 1.) Indeed you will be able to use wireless controllers w/ the "retard pack" 2.) You can upgrade/install a newer, larger hard drive. It can be almost any pc or laptop hard drive, and you won't lose any functionality. 3.) You will be able to use SD and CF cards. I'm still not going to get a PS3 at that price ($499.99 is STILL too much for me), but at least this means that the "retard pack" isn't ENTIRELY retarded. BUT YOU DEFINITELY STILL LOSE HDMI OUTPUT, which means that you get at best 540p playback for your Blu-Ray (due to copy protection restraints), unless you buy the premium PS3. Copy protection, now there is a battlefield kind of topic. It's amazing how the "possibility" of piracy (and not any concrete actuality of it) is causing legislation and rulings that are really hurting innovation and our "fair use" rights. But this is for another thread, another forum, another day. But do check out www.eff.org if you're interested in this stuff.