Interesting article by David Walker, at eHome Upgrade, called “Could the Playstation 3 Kill Sony?”.  Some of the article is based on rumors and speculation (for that matter, isn't every article about the PS3?), but it poses some interesting questions.  David writes:

In order for Sony's Trojan Horse strategy with Blu-Ray to work, the Playstation 3 has to succeed as a gaming console. As a game console, the Playstation 3 has to deliver on several fronts. In pure horsepower and graphical ability, there's little doubt that the console will impress. There are serious reservations as to Sony's online strategy (compared to Xbox Live) and we'll cover that in a bit. However, one aspect of gaming that is often ignored, but can become a major issue is load times.

One of the complaints of the Xbox 360 (come on, you know who you are…) is the noise during gameplay, especially if your wife/husband/kids/parents/roommate/SO doesn’t let you turn up the 5.1 Dolby surround sound.  It seems like a lot of us are explaining to our friends that the Xbox 360 DVD spins at 12X speed during disc gameplay, and that any 12X drive is going to be loud, because it’s spinning pretty darn fast.  What I hadn’t really thought about until now is how the disc transfer rate compares to future formats.  The article points out:

Until now, it's been widely assumed that the Blu-ray drive that will make it's way into the PS3 will be single-speed. If true, this choice could be disasterous. Blu-ray single speed transfers data at a constant rate of 36Mbps (Megabits per second) or 4.5 MBps (Megabytes per second). Sound impressive? Think again. DVD single speed is rated at a little over 1.32MBps max. A 12X DVD, such as the one in the Xbox 360, transfers data at rates between 8.2 and 16.5 MBps for an average of around 13MBps. This article from Gamespot provides all the details on transfer speeds, but simple math should show that there are some serious concerns looming with a single speed Blu-Ray drive. So, all things being equal, a 20 second load-time on the Xbox 360 would equate to just under 60 seconds on the PS3!

Interesting.  Personally, I can’t wait for spring to arrive so we can see what the PS3 can really do! 

By the way, I found the link on Nintendo Style blog--nice site, with some good industry analysis (in addition to lots of Nintendo news).