Well, I just got an unexpected PS3 myself…yeah, I’d better tell this story first, huh.
Okay, so my old TV died. It was a ten-year-old rear-projection model, huge cabinet, not worth spending the money to fix (the convergence ICs fried). So I go to buy a new TV, find one at Best Buy that I like, and slide the ol’ credit card. The TV has to be ordered and won’t be here until Thursday, so I’m ready to head out with just my paperwork. Then, the checkout guy hands me a PS3, with a movie and a game. “No no no, I only bought the TV,” I protested. “It’s actually cheaper if you do it this way,” he said. Sure enough, when I get home I look online and see that they’ve started a sale wherein it’s actually cheaper to buy a Sony TV with a PS3, a movie, and a game, than to buy the TV by itself. So, without intending to, I’ve ended up with a PS3.
Anyway, now that that story’s out of the way: it’ll be a few days before I get the TV, so I haven’t even tried out the PS3 yet, but I did read something interesting in the manual. It says that if you have a Sony Bravia TV (the type I ordered), certain functions of the PS3 can be controlled via the TV’s remote control if you have them connected via HDMI. So, perhaps the TV’s remote can be used to control it as a Blu-Ray player, rather than the gaming controller. I’ll have to try it out and report back.