Actually according to sound and vision the PS3 is better than all the current first generation Blu-Ray players. Samsung is launching its second gen player (at 700 dollars I think). The reason PS3 will be the choice is because it costs less. I expect by year end we will see 400-500 dollars for the top quality blu-ray players. And I think we will see 250-350 for the top quality HD players.
Yes, the PS3 is the top Blu-Ray player now, that is why I said second or third genereation. The PS3 is static. This Christmas, it will be among the worst players on the market, and they will be competetively priced.