Sony announced recently that it will be offering stand-alone Blu-Ray players for as cheap as $599 with the coming release of the Sony BDP-S300 Blu-Ray player. Sony's first stand-alone Blu-Ray players debuted at prices just under $1000, so the price cut of $400 is definitely a major plus for those looking to add a Blu-Ray unit to their home theatre.
With the HD DVD alternative aside, why shell out $599 for a device that only plays Blu-Ray discs when you could get a Sony Playstation 3 with built in Blu-Ray that also plays games for $499? Many claim Sony's stand alone Blu-Ray units share comparable video playback quality to the PS3, and considering it's added features and lower price, the PS3 may still provide the best bang-for-buck ratio.
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