We've been waiting to bring this one to you for a long time. The Sony PlayStation 3 (starts at $500; Nov. 17) is one helluva mean gaming machine. Powered by the Cell processor, it features an advanced RSX graphics chip, a 20 or 60GB hard drive, Bluetooth-enabled wireless controllers, 1080p output, and a Blu-Ray drive that appears to cost almost as much all by itself as it does shoved in the belly of this beast. With a handful of launch titles confirmed, we're already preparing our schedules for a lot of "alone time" in front of our TV this Winter.
If you happen to be an early-adopter that has a 360 but isn't digging the faceplate options currently available, check out the Design-your-Own Faceplate service from Pelican ($35). You can choose to use Pelican's design tools to make your creation, or upload your own art to be used to make the 'plate. While their tools are okay, we're really excited about uploading our own art — an Uncrate-branded faceplate sounds pretty cool to us. [Thanks, Ted]