Okay, First of all I must get a few things clear, I am not a "PS3 Fanboy" and I do own all of the Next-Generation console, this review is in no way biased.
The PlayStation 3 is first and for-most a gaming console, and an awesome one as well.
It also doubles up as a media-centre that can access all the essential media.
Although people have started to dis-regard this console, it still remains the highest quality console on the market.
So far the games released on the PS3 have mostly been developed on platforms that use different rendering technology, so for now the graphics will remain rusty, but in 2010 they have an amazing schedule, with Exclusives that have been specifically developed for this console, Gran-Turismo 5 and Final Fantasy XIII Versus to name but a few.
This Console beats my XBOX360 elite hands down, and the only area that the 360 even comes close in is online, and even the PS3's online features are becoming better; FREE aswell!
The PS3 has a good build quality, and i have never heard of them breaking down even after intensive use.
On-top of everything, its a BLU-RAY player aswell, you can't ask for more really.
Oh, and just one more point:
over 3 years the PS3 will cost a maximum of £300 to run on-line (including the original console price).
The XBOX360 will cost atleast £325, so thinking about it; you actually get more for your money.
I have Recently Upgraded from a 40GB Model to the 80GB Model.
I can say that this model s the best yet; it's slightly faster at accessing the media stored on its HDD and it comes with the new(ish) DualShock3 controllers (they are very good).
Play.com has the cheapest price i have seen for this model, although i would say that you should either buy the Killzone or Infamous Bundle because they offer a free game aswell.
Overall this is a very sophisticated machine, the high price reflects that; but even with a price nearing the £300 mark, it is worth every penny!
5 Star Console
5 Star Price