Lots of people are faced with the challenging question of wich console should i buy to go with my wii, an xbox360 or a PS3?
While its mostly a personel choice, id like to put all the info into one thread to help with your decision.
We all know its got its problems. but we all know its got a great list of games. its pretty much met its full potential already and will ride out the rest of its lifespan on what its got.
the DVD player is below average. some DVDs just look like plain crap while others look almost normal. of course for the low, low cost of $179.99 you can get an HD DVD add on. add that to the price of a 360 and its pretty steep, but well worth it if you want your xbox to function as your primary movie player in your home theater set up.
While were on the subject of the DVD player i want to point out another flaw of the Xbox 360: the lack of a mechanism to secure the disc while the xbox is playing it. This, in turn, scratches the disc beyond repair if the console is moved. It's not covered in the warrenty but Microsoft will replace any game published by Microsoft for a Fee of $20.00
Xbox Live.. its really good, but you pay for it. i guess you get what you pay for. For $50.00 a year you get a great online service that can track your stats/rep/etc. Nearly all of Xbox 360's games use live in some way wether its multiplayer or Leaderboards. The download service is good too, free demos and game videos, downloadable movies (rentals), T.V. shows, gamer pictures and themes.
Games: Xbox has the best game library of the three next gen consoles. With tons of great exclusives its the clear winner in this category. Heres some exclusives that are either already out or soon to come:
America's Army: True Soldiers
Dead Or Alive
Forza Motorsport 2
Gears of War
Perfect Dark Zero
Project Gotham Racing 4
Untitled Halo Project: Codenamed Chronicles
For full list, please visit this LINK
Clear winner as far as hardware and raw power goes. Sleek exterior design, something the Xbox, in many peoples opinions, failed to achieve with its matte white boxy design. Very rarely has a PS3 broken down or needed repairs of some sort. In fact, i cant think of ever reading about a situation in wich this has happened. (lets be real though, im sure it has happened before)
Blu-ray: While its uncertain wich format (Blu-ray/HD DVD) will win, things are certainly leaning towards Blu-ray. There's just so much space on a Blu-ray disc it opens up endless doors of opportunity for game developers to make great, long games packed with exclusive content. Most Blu-ray players range in price from $500.00-$1,000.00 and beyond. For $400.00 you can buy a PS3 wich is obviously so much more than a blu-ray player.
PSN: The online service available for the PS3 is absolutely 100% free of charge. You can download games, play multiplayer games, surf the net (something the Xbox isnt capable of), and download game demos. In the future movies will be available for download and the release of HOME wich looks simply amazing, is just around the corner. Sony has announced that you will be able to access your PS3 from your PSP and even play games from your PS3 on your PSP from anywhere int he world.
PS3 Current/Upcoming Exclusives:
God of War III
Gran Turismo 5
Metal Gear Solid 4
Ratchet & Clank
Resistance: Fall of Man
Ridge Racer 7
Time Crisis 4
Uncharted: Drakes Fortune
For full list of exclusive titles visit this LINK
Basically it comes down to this: are you patient or not? If not, then the 360 is for you. It wont have the life span of the PS3 but Wii60 is where its at right now. In the future, say 2 years down the road PS3 owners are going to be content while 360 owners are going to start to realize they will need a new console within the next year or 2. I dont have the dates, but ive seen an article saying the PS3 will have a shelf life 4 years longer than the 360 does. Lots have been calling the 360 "xbox 1.5".
I recently bought an xbox 360 and let me tell you, i love the thing, but id rather own a PS3. Sure, i play Halo 3 a lot, and bioshock is cool and all but when it comes down to it, a lot of the good games are on both consoles, and pretty soon the PS3's raw power is going to shine when developers start developing for the PS3's full potential instead of one version for both consoles. This is where Blu-ray discs come into play as well as the PS3's graphical capabilities. So was my decision to buy a 360 a bad one? who knows.. but i DO know ill be buying a PS3 next year when Killzone 2 comes out.
Hope this was at least semi-informative for those looking to buy a 360/PS3.
EDIT: WIKIPEDIA INFO IS BAD. ill have to replace those links when i find a more reliable source.