Originally Posted by WCoast02
That's good to hear b/c when the DVD's spinning on the 360 it's WAY too loud. I've liked the 360 as a media player since I upgraded to WMP 11 and started using the dashboard interface to stream instead of the Window Media Center GARBAGE! It's worked ok so far, really have no complaints, but like I said, I'll check out the PS3 before I buy.
I may have mistakenly been biased by previous game consoles and their utility as DVD players. The PS2 as a DVD player was awful, xbox was just ok, and the 360 sounds like a runway. There are also a lot of people who preach about how wonderful a game console is just because the own one, like they're rooting for a team or something. you can see why I would be skeptical to buy a game console as a DVD player and want to try it out first.
a bit off topic, any idea how the PS3 does upconverting standard DVDs?
I own all 3 consoles and the only time my 360 gets used is when my wife and daughter want to play Rockband. Unfortunately I have an original 360 from launch, it is loud as all hell even without a CD in it & I consider myself lucky to have never gotten the red ring of death. PS3 imho is a better system but lacks the gaming software the 360 has but regardless because of the noise I cannot enjoy anything on the 360 except like I mentioned Rockband where the volume is so high it drowns out the 360 vacuum like sounds. I've found the extra money for the PS3 is well worth it for a few reasons.
1). I can upgrade the HDD with ease & cheaper than Microsoft which means buying the cheaper Ps3 and tossing in a 500GB hard drive.
2). Blu-Ray Player is phenomenal, better than many stand alone Blu-Ray players.
3). USB allows for a wider range of third party products.
4). Memory stick slots which means easier uploading of videos to my system.
5). Most importantly I don't have a vacuum sitting in my entertainment center & I don't have to worry about sending the system back due to red ring of light errors, I have been extremely lucky with mine but no exaggeration here I have not a single friend who has not had to send back at the very least 2 systems before they got a working system for more than 8 months or either gave up and got a full refund.
Don't mistake this post, I am by no means a fan of any system I am just a consumer who wants the smarter bang for my buck. I like more than just gaming from my system & yes I know PC's do that better than PS3 but I want the console for my other finicky needs. Bottom line is in my house & due to my peeves & needs my PS3 gets more attention from me, make no mistake about it the 360 is a very good system when it works but I am not shelling out money for a new 360 and risking getting a system that dies just to curb some of the noise in the newer models.