You don't HAVE to stand outside in the cold to get a new console on launch day. I got my 360 on launch day. As soon as it went up for pre-order, I went ebgames.com and ordered it with overnight shipping, and had it sitting on my doorstep on November 22 when I got home from work at noon. That exactly what I am going to do with PS3, you just have to get your pre-order in early. The only downside is you have to buy some games with it that you probably don't want because you have to buy them in a bundle, you can always sell them on ebay or something, or trade them.