Interesting…although do consider the source. I didn’t know that Sony switched to an nVidia 7800 GPU before production, I thought it was all Cell processors in it, including GPU as planned. That’s too bad because when everyone talks about the untapped potential power of the PS3 that’s specifically in regards to the “newness” of the Cell processor. So basically, graphically, there’s not any untapped power as an nVidia 7800 is already outmoded. Even the current top-of-the-line nVidia chips aren’t as powerful as ATI ones. So that untapped potential is really relegated to the CPU.
Basically, the graphics won’t get much better but the CPU will be able to handle something more complex for the main processor like AI for enemies. That’s really too bad since the PS3 is apparently a pain in the ass to develop for because of the Cell chip. More work for no gain seems a bit of a downer for developers and gamers.
It’s still a cheap blu-ray player although that won’t mean anything eventually as the PS2’s DVD playback capabilities were quickly eclipsed by better and cheaper standalone players. Plus the future of media is digital, not in discs so I’m not sure if this is a good reason to buy it even now.