I have just sold my PS3 in wait of the new one for launch in Sept. However when thinking about it, the main use for it was to, stream only, as I do not play games (prefer my Wii) and find having a DVD/ Bluray collection (near my system) takes up space and my kids would destroy. Instead I have a convenient home network (with my dvd held on a storage drive) with receivers in the main rooms which the PS3 acted as one of them.
However I had a brainwave, which I hope someone can confirm if my theory is correct. I also own a Samsung R510 HDMI (dual core 2.2GHz) laptop and wondered would this act as better a replacement streamer to my PS3 in terms of picture quality. I use Power DVD 9 Deluxe which is I believe is the closet that laptop can get to upscaling without upgrading the hardware and can decode the HD sounds onboard. Am I to understand the PS3 cannot upscale (to 1080p) streamed information? If this is the case does that mean technically there would be no difference and I would save my self £250? Not sure if the graphicscard plays a role here as I am not using the laptop screen as it is instead hooked up to my Sony 2400ES AV amp via the HDMI ports.Therefore can I also assume the AMP is doing all the work in terms of sound and picture?