"I'm thinking that HD-DVD may pull this out. Sony continue to shoot themselves, this time with the crappy implementation of BluRay in the PS3. In addition to having no remote, and a very bad control system, the PS3 won't downconvert. If you have a 720p HDTV, and the BluRay content is in 1080p, the unit can't convert the signal. It outputs (get ready) 480p. So your awesome PS3 shows the movie in DVD resolution."
This is actually incorrect (though it's true that Sony did screw up the scaling issue). If you have a 720p TV, you're fine - the PS3 will output HD games and films, whether 720p or 1080p, at 720p; this is selectable in the Settings menu. The problem arises when you have an early HDTV, mostly CRTs, that can only output 480i/p and 1080i, but not 720p. In that case, 720p or 1080p will be output at 480p rather than 1080i, due to a lack of an internal hardware scaler on the PS3. So early adopters - people more likely to pick up a PS3 - are SOL w/out a new (Sony?) TV. Though there are obviously more important things going on in the CNET community at the moment, just thought I'd point that out in case someone held off buying something for xmas based on this.
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