I own a Nintendo Wii but I'm looking for a more serious gaming console. Just wondering what the Ws thought about each. A couple things: I DON'T currently have a Blu-ray, I don't play many fighting games and I probably won't be doing much online gaming (though I would still want to go online for downloadables and stuff).
NOTE: I currently own only a PS3 but in the past I have also owned a 360 and a Wii.
Before the throngs of non-PS3 owners jump in here and mention how they don't care about Blu Ray and don't see themselves caring about it in the near future, I would like to throw in my 2 cents and say that Blu Ray movies are far, far, FAR superior to DVD movies.
My PS3 is usually connected to a 720p projector, and depending on where I am living (and, thus, the amount of space I have to set up my projector) my projected image has been as big as 185 inches and as small as 27 inches. It is currently at 85 inches and the image and sound quality is mind-boggling better than regular ol' DVD. However, even when my screen size was down around 27 inches, the picture was still much better. What's more, if you connect a PS3 to your TV/projector with an HDMI cable, it will upconvert your DVDs and THEY will look much better too. I think Blu Ray is a huge selling point and I am disappointed when I see people dismiss it so casually.
Anyway, as far as gaming goes, the PS3 library seems to be getting better and almost catching up to the 360. Granted, that's just another way of saying the PS3 library isn't as good as the 360 library, but the gap these days isn't as big as it was, say, a year ago. I am very unhappy that I don't get any new Grand Theft Auto goodies for my PS3, but I think that's the only 360 exclusive that I personally felt like I missed out on.
I think most people feel Xbox Live is the superior online service, but I'll take my 100% completely free PlayStation Network service and be happy with that.
I have both a PS3 and a 360, and as a pure gaming system, I find the 360 wins hands-down: - Sony PS3 and new Sony TV had issues interoperating until I did some HDMI handshaking procedure; had no such issues with the 360. - Had a stretch where the PS3 would not recognize game discs; a search online determined this was due to corrupt system files, so I had to get into the hidden recovery menu to replace the problem files. Had no apparent data loss, luckily. - PS3 controller seems to need charging all the time; I am a fan of being able to insert replacement batteries as needed. - PS3 seems to have more patches, larger patches, more updates, larger updates, and for a lot of them, cannot run the patches or updates in the background - and then once you're "done," it makes you wait while they're being installed. It feels as though they don't want to be honest about how much time this is all going to take. And downloads seem to go more quickly with the 360. - I find the 360 interface to be simpler. - 360 offers free trials of all downloadable Xbox Live Arcade games; PS3 only has trials for some downloadable games.
As far as game selection goes, it's kind of a wash. Each system has a few fun exclusives (see: PS3 and 360 and check the "exclusive" columns) and depending on your preferences, that might be enough to make up your mind one way or the other. I do like having the PS3 for LittleBigPlanet and Katamari Forever (when it will recognize the discs, grumble grumble).
Having a Blu-Ray player is nice, and the Sony online service is free, so those are two points in favour of the PS3. Though if you're not going to be playing online, then getting the paid Xbox gold membership is really pretty pointless.
The PS3 has Home; the 360 doesn't have anything like that. Not sure which side is the winner in that argument.
The 360 also has the dreaded RROD, while the PS3 has the much less common total optical drive failure. The unoffical statistics of the guy at the UPS store where I mailed my PS3 put it at about 20 360s for every PS3.
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Thanks for all the advice guys. That $65 fee for the Xbox online service is a killer. I think I'm leaning towards a PS3 - Blu-ray, free online membership, most of the same titles and I saw Netflix streaming will be available soon for PS3, too.
I will say that I am playing many more PS3 games than 360, and most of the games I like come out for both (not always though). The Blu-Ray feature is nice too, and I don't even have the setup that Mr. StingArmy has. So if you really don't care about online (I was addicted to it for Halo 3 and such, but haven't come back since), I think you are better off with the PS3. Plus...Uncharted 2 owns.
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As a new owner of a PS3 I must say that I love it. The exclusive games for it are so much better. Metal Gear Solid 4, Uncharted, Little Big Planet, and The Show are all outstanding. Plus there are a lot of high quality games for purchase on the PS Network. I don't see myself playing much 360 anymore except for Rock Band and Beatles Rock Band.
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