Friday, September 14, 2007

Blu-Ray PS3 wins in dollars/features ratio over HDDVD+Xbox360...

A lot has been written lately about the High-Definition standard wars of Blu-Ray vs HDDVD.

I only have enough money to buy a single console and HD movies player,
so I have done the math using prices from Amazon.com:

Sony PS3 (60 Gb) console: $499
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0009VXAM0

Sony PS3 Blu-Ray remote $24
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000M17AVO

Sony PS3 cordless Media Keyboard $65
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000MFLBBK

Total: $ 589

Storage: 60GB
Full-size wireless Keyboard: Yes
Runs Linux without mod: Yes, [4, afaik] Yellowdog for PS3 , Fedora-PPC, Ubuntu-PPC, Gentoo

vs

Xbox 360 - 20Gb: $349
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000B43OY4

Xbox 360 HD-DVD player add-on: $180
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000JHO4L0

Xbox 360 Media Remote: $20
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000B6MLSM

Tiny clumsy Xbox rubber mini-Keyboard: $30
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000UN3UDQ

Total: $579

Storage: 20GB

plays HD movies: YES, but with Bulky add-on

You fund an evil corporation which is also a convicted monopolist: YES
Runs Linux without mod?: NO
Full-size wireless keyboard: NO

Game over, Sony's PS3 wins. :)

Price difference:
Sony's $10 more expensive, big freaking deal. :)

1 comment:

Fernando (Nerd Gaucho) said...

Thanks to my co-equipper Theo Valich for pointing out this shootout at FiringSquad.com where it echos my claims!!

"When it comes to DVD upsampling, it’s hard not to be impressed by the PlayStation 3. We think that it provides a superior output to NVIDIA and AMD’s technology and it even holds its own against the flagship HQV technology from Silicon Optix and Teranex. But that’s just for DVD playback.

Once you make the plunge toward HD DVD or Blu-ray, additional challenges come into the mix. We still believe that the PlayStation 3 represents an excellent stand-alone Blu-ray player given that the majority of content that most people watch comes from 1080p24 Hollywood films – things that the PlayStation 3 does well with. With PS3 in the $500 price range, about the same price as an a high-end HD DVD player, the console suddenly looks like a great bargain for anyone who can take advantage of upsampled DVD, Blu-ray playback, and an entire gaming console with exclusives like Gran Turismo 5, Final Fantasy XIII, and Metal Gear Solid 4. It’s funny how history repeats itself -- the reason to buy PlayStation 2 was Gran Turismo 3, Final Fantasy X, and Metal Gear Solid 2…"