Thanks to a small financial windfall and the fact that I saved up my birthday money, I’m now the proud owner of a Playstation 3. I bought the 60GB model in part because it’s the cheapest one available at this point in time and in part because it has hardware backwards compatibility and the additional USB and flash card ports. Ironically, I don’t actually have any PS3 games to play on it yet, but that’s OK as there’s some demos available on the Playstation Store that I can tide myself over with and I still have a handful of PS2 titles to work on.
I spent about an hour and a half playing around with it this evening getting it set up and connected to my wireless home network and I’m definitely liking it. The ability to pop in the Compact Flash card from our digital camera and copy over pictures to the PS3 hard drive was kind of neat and the slide show playback of said pics is very cool and could be a fun thing to have running in the background at birthday parties or open house events such as the one we’ll be having for Courtney next year when she graduates. The ability to rip CDs to the PS3 for playback is also pretty cool, though considering I currently have it hooked up to the 15” non-HDTV TV in our bedroom at the moment, the speakers of which can be best described as functional, we probably won’t be using it as a very large iPod anytime soon. DVD playback is amazingly clear, but it’ll be interesting to see how well Blue Ray looks on a non-HDTV set as we get five free BR movies for buying the PS3.
So this was a belated birthday present for me and yes, before you even ask, I did consider the idea of saving up the money for a new laptop instead, but I wanted to be sure I got a 60GB model before they’re all gone and I wasn’t sure when I’d have another opportunity. It’ll probably be awhile before I’ll get my first game for it and even longer still before I get around to purchasing an HDTV monitor to play it on, but I’m a happy camper none the less.