Thanks to everyone that responded to my earlier post looking for suggestions for a video game console.
I wound up choosing a Playstation 2, and the game that tipped the balance was Ico. I’ve only spent a few minutes with it, but it looks great. I especially like that it has no on-screen status displays, messages, etc. whatsoever. A refreshing change.
I am a little disappointed with the lack of 16:9 games available on any console.
Also picked up a nice Logitech wireless controller from the local GameStop. Very nice little unit.