I think You will want to buy the PS2 remote control to use the PS2 as your DVD. The PS2 joysticks & ladder menus are too cluncky in my opinion, unless you are going to start every DVD, and watch until it ends. Other than that, I haven't really noticed any difference between PS2 and my 3yr old Sony DVD player. Kthomas is correct that there are rumors of Data Read Errors (DRE) on some PS2. I have not experienced this yet.. but my hardware was a Xmas present. There are several DRE posts out on PS2 Users groups. The only other issue I have is with component video connections only, it appears that my TV screen is not centered only when playing video games - DVDs are fine. So for me, I run the Monster SVHS cable set. As for why to use -- why not spend ~$20 to have a DVD / CD / Game Console and use the machine for its capabilities and then decide if you don't like it -- just buy the remote from Best Buy and take it back if you don't like it. You might also want to scour Funco, Babbages, GameStop, etc. - They might have used RCs.