I wanted to start this thread because Sony recently announced that the PS3 will include a Blu-Ray Drive. I feel that this will help to influence which new machine will sell the most and become the dominating system in the next console war. Whether PS3 software comes out on BD-Roms or not, isnt clear at this point. What we do know is that people who buy a PS3 will also be buying a Blu-Ray player. And, in the same way the PS2 helped influence the DVD market, I beleive that the PS3 will do the same in the war between blu ray and hd dvd. On the flip side. If Blu-Ray wins the war, then that will also help to influence PS3 sales. win win for sony right? Microsoft havent announced what they will use in the XBox 2. But if they choose the loosing format, then the XBox 2 will also loose. As for Nintendo, well they dont seem to care, but if they want to be strong contenders in the next console wars, then they really should choose a side and offer people a system that can do more than play games. The PS2 and XBox both did well partialy thanks to the fact that they doubled as DVD players. For everyday consumers this factors helps to infuence them. Im not looking to get remarks like: "A hardcore gamer wouldnt buy a machine coz it plays DVDs" Im sure this is true, but you have to admit that it DOES help to influence your purchase. Likewise in the next console race, any extra features or functions will most likely help influence peoples buying decisions. What are your thoughts? Will this influence your decision to buy a particular console? Lets face it, spec wise, both machines will be roughly the same therefore providing the same graphics and game experience. The Nintendo system MIGHT be different, but that remains to be seen. These days, consoles are a lot more than just game systems.