Stuff report – PS3's Blu-ray comes out on top

It’s a tough job, but we’ve spent much of January sat in front of a massive 1080p telly, testing the next gen of HD disc-spinners. As you

It’s a tough job, but we’ve spent much of January sat in front of a massive 1080p telly, testing the next gen of HD disc-spinners. As you can see from our reviews of the Toshiba HD-E1 and Samsung BD-P1000, the £450 HD DVD-toting Tosh came out ahead of the £1000 Blu-ray Sammy in almost every respect. Except that, fatally, it outputs at a maximum of 1080i rather than ‘full HD’ 1080p. Not a big deal, given the price difference.The Xbox 360 recently became the cheapest entrant, thanks to an HD DVD add-on – but frankly we’d take an upscaling DVD player ahead of the 360’s muddy, contrast-laden playback. But to our relief and surprise, the delayed, caged monster that is the PS3 blows the pitiful Samsung out of the water. It doesn’t suffer from snooze-inducing loading times and, although the picture has a similar amount of grain in solid areas of colour, there’s more detail and the colours are vibrant, to the point that this is the best next-gen spinner of them all so far. If you can wait until 23 March you’ll find the PS3 is the first machine to unleash the potential of either HD disc format. Remember to budget for the optional Bluetooth remote, though.