I just got back from my local store's 8:00am PS3 launch… where I was the only one there. I know the manager, so we chatted for a few minutes; he seemed none too happy to be up that early to open the store for a huge swell of people that never came. Oh well, I picked up my system, got the one-year replacement plan (I trust launch hardware about as far as I can throw it) and got home.
The system is hooked up, and it's a beast. I'm not sure where I'm going to put it for it's final resting place, since right now I have it on some books to get the wires in the back clear of the shelving. For now though… the fun "looky what I got" pictures.
The system is black. And I mean BLACK, you can hardly see it against the shadows and dark shelves where it rests, waiting to be played. It's also quiet, you can barely tell it's on. I'm also impressed with the buttons, you just touch them and they react, as if by magic. This is the lightest of first impressions, granted, but the thing looks and acts like a $600 piece of hardware.
At least when it's doing nothing but sitting on the shelf. We'll see what happens after I install the first update so I can play a game. I'm still peeved about the cabling situation, I think it's criminal for a system that's supposed to launch the HD revolution to come bundled with a composite cable. That's just worthless. I tossed it aside and glowered at the Sony logo on the box.
More impressions as I go, and look for a big review in the next few days.
And of course, to make all the months of waiting worth it, the pack-in…