From the outset, Sony has billed the PlayStation 3 as more than just another game console. And this machine lives up to its promise: It's one of the most capable Blu-ray Disc players available today. The 40GB PS3 ($400) has built-in gigabit ethernet and is one of the few Blu-ray players with support for BD-Live (Profile 2.0) content that can transmit via the Internet.
Sony sells a dedicated remote control, for an extra $25. And you'll want to buy the remote: In our tests, using two hands to control basic functions was both ungainly and imprecise, and playback should be exponentially smoother.
Despite the extra cost, the PS3 remains quite a deal: You get a versatile, reasonably priced Blu-ray Disc player that can handle all of the latest BonusView and BD-Live content. Plus, you could use the machine to play games, browse pictures, and surf the Web, as well.