I received my PS3 hot of the press Monday morning. Unfortunately I was in LA Monday but proceeded to set it up as soon as I could on Tuesday. The out of the box experience was going well until I realized they don't provide either the HDMI cable or component cables necessary to experience the PS3 in Hi-Def. Something I found a little odd, here people will be spending $599 and they don't get all they need to use it in Hi-Def, HMMM.
Other then that the setup process was pretty clean. My only real complaint is no where in any instruction set does it say you first need to plug it in using the provided AV cables to then set the video output to HDMI or component. Sony in my press kit gave me an HDMI cable so I used it. I learned the lesson about the AV cables the hard way because I started off by plugging the HDMI into my TV and got no signal until I used the AV cables to set the output to HDMI.
After that was done the first thing I did was pop in the provided Taladega Nights that comes with every PS3 in Blue Ray. This is pretty sweet because Taladega Nights doesn't even release to DVD until next month. Perhaps this is a sign that Sony Studios may offer some cool things to PS3 owners where they can get titles before they go to DVD. One can only hope.
After enjoying Blue Ray for a while I popped in Resistance Fall of Man. Quite impressive graphics and game play. This weekend I will be putting the XBOX 360 and PS3 to side by side comparisons for graphics. So stay tuned for that.
Overall I have had an impressive experience. The PS3 is almost silent and puts off EXTREMELY less heat and noise then the 360. PS3 is clearly superior in heat and noise. Over the next few days I will be putting the online and community features through the ringer.