Video processing has come a long way since FiringSquad first began to cover multimedia technology. The fact that we're even comparing a PlayStation 3 against NVIDIA and AMD flagship products tells you just how accessible high-performance video is.
FiringSquad included the Sony PlayStation 3. Although the Xbox 360 offers a wider selection of games than the PS3, Sony's console is in a completely different class when it comes to home theatre and hi-fi performance.
When it comes to DVD upsampling, it's hard not to be impressed by the PlayStation 3. FiringSquad thinks that it provides a superior output to NVIDIA and AMD's technology and it even holds its own against the flagship HQV technology from Silicon Optix and Teranex.
FiringSquad still believes that the PlayStation 3 represents an excellent stand-alone Blu-ray player given that the majority of content that most people watch comes from 1080p24 Hollywood films – things that the PlayStation 3 does well with. With PS3 in the $500 price range, about the same price as an a high-end HD DVD player, the console suddenly looks like a great bargain for anyone who can take advantage of upsampled DVD, Blu-ray playback, and an entire gaming console with exclusives like Gran Turismo 5, Final Fantasy XIII, and Metal Gear Solid 4. It's funny how history repeats itself -- the reason to buy PlayStation 2 was Gran Turismo 3, Final Fantasy X, and Metal Gear Solid 2…