Originally Posted by willise
WHich one should I get? I like the idea of getting the Blu Ray player to avail of the blu ray movies. The game selection seems more or less the same for both consoles. We already have a Wii. But I like the media centre capabilities of the 360 as well.
Well, I'm happy to share my thoughts. I absolutely love my X360, but obviously I've decided to join the PS3 camp as well. I don't consider myself a "fanboy" of any console manufacturer, as I think they all have their pros and cons.
For me the reason the PS3 was a late addition relative to the other two is mostly due to the fact that it didn't have many exclusive titles that were compelling to me and it's quite expensive (less so now than in the past after the price cuts and new offerings, obviously) if you don't really have a good selections of content that appeals to you. The Blu Ray player has always been appealing to me, but I have the HD-DVD add-on for the X360, and an Oppo upconverting DVD player that has fantastic quality, if not HD quality. As with PS3 exclusive games, there weren't many Blu Ray exclusive films for my tastes. Overall I haven't felt like I was missing out on much.
I've really enjoyed my X360 over the past two years. The games have been great, I have many friends on Live (~20 of us, some subset of which gets online together once per week, plus one of my childhood best friends and I get on and play quite a bit), and as you mentioned, it's now an incredible media player with the recent firmware update to play Divx, Xvid, etc. In fact, I have it using a NAS that support UPnP so I don't even need a computer in between to enable media capabilities (and the PS3 should allow the same functionality, albeit without some of the newer codecs quite yet).
The X360 isn't without its own set of frustrations, though. For starters, it's VERY loud! While I'm gaming it's not a big thing, but while watching HD-DVDs and streaming videos it can be very annoying during quiet periods. The latest firmware seems to address an issue where the internal DVD drive would spin while watching videos for no good reason, and that helps, but the fan is still quite loud. I've also been paid a visit by the RRoD already. My replacement X360 is a little louder than the first and seems to run cooler, so here's hoping it'll stay alive, but it's frustrating to wonder if it's going to die at any given time. To reiterate, though...I do love my X360.
As for the Wii, as I think has been discussed many times, it's a different kind of beast. When I have folks over, the Wii is the system of choice for entertainment. Wii Sports, Tiger Woods Golf, Mario Party, etc., monopolize our time. It's not as pretty by a stretch, but good lord is it fun! For me it was a rational second console when I already had an X360. The PS3 wasn't.
Every since the price breaks on the PS3, the introduction of a some new exclusive games (I've been a Ratchet & Clank fan since the first one was released) and Blu Ray movies, I've been very interested in getting one. The final nail in the coffin was my wife's decision to get it for me for X-Mas this year.
My take is this...I feel like the X360 is currently the more complete solution, but not without its serious warts (buy a replacement plan!). The games on it (exclusive or not) are fantastic, the media hub capabilities are solid, and Live is a very mature online offering, albeit with a token ($50/year) price. You already have an HD-DVD player so you have the ability to play HD content. Many of the films you might want to watch that aren't available on HD-DVD can be downloaded from Live Marketplace for equivalent to a standard rental fee. I say this in admitted ignorance of the PS3 given that I just bought mine today. I'm sure others' responses will shed light on the ownership experience of a PS3, ideally as a compare/contrast of that system vs. the X360 for those that have had both for a longer period of time.
Hope this helps...