OK well my PS3 arrived Initial impressions & Aesthetics It's a lot bigger than I thought. Aesthetically it's really quite nice when its vertical, but looking at it horizontally (front end showing mostly), in a cabinet / stand so all you see is the front, well its damn ugly. It's also heavier than I suspected (i guess to accomodate the psu), and the plastic covering the memory slots feels a bit flimsy. And after being on for an hour or two it does make as much noise as my 360, but the BD drive is a heck of a lot quieter. Menu Well yes it's nice and simple on the surface, but wanting to change settings and things and it becomes really awkward. It took me ages to find things for setting up my PS3. Is there a way of selecting the dash colour because at the moment it's pink and I want to stab it. Display Settings & Audio Hiccups I also do not like how you have to manually change the display settings before you plug ina cable otherwise the screen is blank. They should have done the same as the 360 where it automatically detects what your using and outputs, so you can change quickly between cables. There are issues also with Audio output. You have to disable HDMI audio it seems to get the sound to come out of the S-Pdif optical output. But at times then my HDMI TV would crackle and hiss like sound data is still being sent through it ? Had to mute the TV in the end. Also I could see no difference between 720p/1080i on HDMI compared to 720p/1080i on Component. My big screen doesnt do 1080p so I'll try that with my Dell 24" over the weekend. Wireless It detected my Airport Express no problem, and is working away without issue. It actually found an update 1.51 and it seemed to take ages to download it? HDD - sneaky Those bemoaning the fact that the 20gb HDD of the Xbox 360 isn't really 20gb as memory is reserved for system - you will take NO solace in the fact that a freshly formated and reset PS3 60gb only has 43GB available. What happened to the other 17 ? Controller My god its light. Too light almost. And whats with the R&L Triggers they feel really plasticy and clicky. I picked up my logitech Dual Shock for PS2 and it feels a quadrillion times better in the hand than the sixaxis. Not a fan of the controller. AND I DO MISS RUMBLE. Motorstorm and Full Auto2 felt so weird without the rumble, even slapping a creature with the back of your gun or feeling an explosion in Resistance felt hollow in comparison, and I felt a total sense of immersion dissapearing. GIVE ME BACK RUMBLE SONY!!!!! Tilty wilty ? Well I actually liked the tilt It works well I thought and cant wait for somthing like Warhawk. Playstation Network As mine is an american console it required an American address for me to set up an account. Of course that's easily fabricated. Pretty much the same procedure as Xbox Live. Sony Store I like it - but...... In order for me to make purchases I am going to have to buy Playstation Cards on ebay or somthing, because it wont accept anything other than an American address on the Credit Card A bit of hassle - but to be expected as an import. Anyone know if the PS Cards are available readily ? Games Full Auto 2 I loved full auto on the 360 and was able to compare both games side by side. I expected the PS3 version to be a lot smoother framerate, but it is not. Side by side both stutter and what seems to have happened is theyve just implemented a frameskip on the PS3 version, resulting in what looks like a faster game but still feels stuttery. Also the cars in the 360 version are a lot more detailed. Also the tracks in the PS3 version, there is a lot of tearing and cross hatching on surfaces like windows which is not on the 360 version. I also thought with the game offloading over 1gb of data to your HDD, that it would have faster load times over the 360, but it doesnt. Sorry but I much prefer the 360 version on this one and I'm dissapointed. Resistance I really like the game, and the framerate really is smooth. I also much prefer this game to GOW 'gameplay wise' and it feels pretty much like COD3 meets HalfLife2 But whilst I think it looks lovely, and I'm really enjoying a battered England - running through cities I know and stuff - I must admit GOW has an overall better aesthetic. Sound wise it like bits are missing here and there. The sound of you running on grass at times is silent, it feels like there's no atmosphere. Shame. Added that to the lack of rumble feedback and you just dont feel as immersed as you should. Really good launch game all the same. Motorstorm DEMO Looks better on magazines than it does on my 42" LCD. In the magazines there is no AA issues, but in the real game there is some cross hatching and odd flickery jaggies here and there. But.. this is only the demo. Gameplay - I really like it. Its feels faster than I thought it looked in video clips and I think tilt / motion sensing on the controller worked pretty well with it. Great demo and worth the download (and purchase in March ) --- I have two other games. Gengi & NFS: Carbon but havent had chance to play them. I'll post those impressions when I have. OVERALL Nice console. It is big and ugly from the front and the simplied menu system is deceitfully complex. A leap over 360. Not at all from what I've played & expericened so far, but I have no regrets. A few issues they should sort out. An auto detect for display if they can. And for the love of god, put Rumble back in the friggin pad.