External Capture Cards will be allowed, just not at launch. They originally weren't going to and then got a lot of feedback and decided to do it, but we'll have to wait for a future patch. Still, the MP3 thing is no big deal to me as I do believe they will break down and do a patch in the future. I would say MP3s will be allowed, along with, at a minimum, USBs by say April or May of next year; same with capture cards.
Also side note, something just came to me. USBs and External Hard Drives were how a lot of the hacks were implemented into the systems and games, so maybe this is another reason for why Sony is initially not wanting to allow them. Without that access to actually upload content or data onto the system, it will mean that some one would actually have to hack Sony and/or the game developer; making hackers a lot easier to track, stop, and catch. So, we'll see what happens, and now that I think of that, I'll step back and say there is a chance we'll never get MP3s back.
Nothing will stop hackers. For example the could use a hard dive that does fit inside with hacked code on it. Copy the data to the replacement hard drive , hack away, install the new one.
No offense to Sony they arent that good at stopping hackers. Look at what happened when they went down for a month. Sony didnt tell the public that their CC data was hacked until a month after it happened.
But I am going off track.
Still, now you're talking about a determined hacker. There are those who create the hacks and those who use them. Sure, some one who creates it will spend the money to prove it works, problem is will those that get it from them spend the money to get a HDD just to implement the hack? I know you can't stop a real hacker, but you can make it harder and more expensive for those that aren't real hackers and just merely benefit off of what they do.
I can tell you that those numbers are off a little bit. I can flip through the modes on my television and set it to 720p and go to 1080p and tell the difference on my 42 inch from just 2-5 feet away. Still, I will agree that the bigger your screen the more you'll see the difference, hence why bigger is better.