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New poll: Media Center PS3

PS3Ever notice that people are complaining that Sony is diluting the PS3 with extra stuff that’s not gaming related? Things like several memory card readers, a Blu-ray drive, Bluetooth, and stuff like that. What is Sony thinking with all that home media center stuff? Just stick to gaming man!

Personally I don’t care if Sony puts all that stuff in there. It could be fun to use! And adding a DVD player to the PS2 didn’t hurt any. The strange thing is that people seem to suggest that Microsoft is sticking to the core theme of gaming with the 360 while it’s Sony that’s going off the deep end.

I was reminded of how wrong this viewpoint is by this Next Generation article about Microsoft’s Xbox 360 positioning. Microsoft stated that 360 was designed “to create a living entertainment experience powered by human energy.” How’s that for straying away from the core theme of gaming?

The fact is, both Sony and Microsoft are trying to dominate both the family room and the gaming room with their new consoles. And personally I don’t have a problem with that. I plan to use my PS3 as a BD player, a game machine, and a media center. So there, I said it, and I’m proud of it.

So the poll basically asks if you plan to use the PS3’s media center capabilities. It’s in the sidebar, please vote.

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