I've taken a plunge into a dark and sordid world. I have turned my back on my old friend, the PC. I have been swayed to the Dark Side.
Well, not really.
I'm getting a Playstation 3.
The thing is, I don't really intend to use if for games (I believe the PC is by far the best platform for gaming, despite the strides made in the latest console products). Shooters for example, are made to played with a mouse and keyboard - it's their natural home! Oh, I'm sure I'll get the odd game for it (it's got Little Big Planet 2 as part of the bundle), but the PC will remain my gaming platform for all but the most exciting PS3 exclusives.
So, why have I just ordered a new, next-gen games console if the game-playing part is only a secondary consideration?
Well, first of all I want a Blu-Ray player, and despite what some techno-snobs would have you believe, the PS3 is still one of the best BR players out there. Secondly it's my intention to move into the digital age properly and set it up as a kind of media server. I'm planning to do this by copying all my DVDs onto an external hard disk drive to play through the PS3. This will allow me to pack away the DVD boxes that are slowly taking over the living room (I swear they must be breeding!). I'll also be messing around with media streaming across my home network, allowing me to stream media content from my PC to the TV via the PS3.
Will it all work out? Will I be left with an expensive shiny black box that's good for nothing except attracting my son's sticky fingerprints? I'll let you know how I get on!
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