Tuesday, September 4, 2007

PS3: The Ultimate in Luxury Bike Touring

While biking, we spent some time discussing what additional luxury items would be nice to have on the bike trip. We decided that the two most useful luxury items would be a cooler (for meats/cheese and drinks/beer) and a laptop (for amusement and WiFi Inernet access). But I figured that for the ultra-luxury bike tourist we needed something more, so I bought a PS3. Seems reasonable.

Ok, so we are actually not taking a PS3 biking, but I did buy one (on amazon) back in Rochester.

The forces all seemed to be alligned there. Sony just did a $100 price drop (but this isn't as benign as it sounds: After announcing a $100 price drop (to $500) for the 60GB model and introducing a new 80GB model (at $600), Sony subtly stated that they would be phasing out (read: discontinuing) the $500 60GB model - meaning that soon the only model available will once again be $600). My Xbox 360/PS3 vascillation has more recently been leaning more towards PS3, more due to my annoyance with Microsoft than affinity for Sony. Particularly, Microsoft's persistance in charging $50/year to play online and their attempt to expand this "service" to computers. Also, Sony seems to earnestly want to make the PS3 a multimedia box, whereas the Xbox seems to be doing the bare minimum. Also, the current deal of getting 8 Blue-Ray movies free with the system (5 from the Blue-Ray consortium and 3 from amazon), which is worth about $200, pushed it over the edge.

So soon I'll have a PS3. And, yes, you can come over and play.

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