I had a standalone (Panasonic bd30) player, and it required frequent firmware updates just to play blu-rays. The same thing was happening on the ps3 and every standalone player. Your problem was not specific to the ps3. You don't have to update as often on your new player, because nobody has to on any player. It's settled down. I own a ps3 now and have had no trouble playing back any blu-rays, and updates are not that frequent, and are not a headache. I own both a ps3 and a 360, same as you. What I like about the ps3 is that since most gamers own a 360 or a wii and not a ps3, I can walk in and rent ps3 games on opening week, even on opening day (have done so three times now). I can never, ever do that with 360 games! I also like that the ps3 fan noise is quiet (unlike the 360). As a cheapskate, I rent far more often than I buy, and I find it much easier to rent on the ps3 due it's unpopularity and price point. That's a funny way for me to praise it, kind of like a back handed compliment, but there you have it!