Its a simple fact that the PS3 is now a very
reasonably priced high end kit... with BR + DTS-HD Master Audio support. You can turn it into a TiVo... and I think it does games too
I dare you to find a slot loading BR player that is cheaper than a PS3
Even slot loading laptop BR drives are barely cheaper than a PS3.
You can get external drives for your pc that have a central mounting point/attachment for the tray. The commonly do NOT come with convential BR players.
for all things BR