I find it quite amusing reading all these threads about 360 and PS3 (and now also Wii which i guess most people forgot in the heat). I currently live in London, England, and previously lived in Norway (in Europe for those in the US who don't know where that is).
I think a lot of guys around the world really think the format war and console war only goes on in their own countries. In Norway in the forums people seem to think that the sales in Norway (4.5 million inhabitants) determines the winner. In your forum it seems like it's the US that will decide.
The world in the last 5 years has changed. China and India (and the a certain degree russia) now has respectable middle classes who can afford consoles. And we're talking probably 100-200 million extra people in the world from 5-6 years ago who can afford these new consoles.
Now to the average gamer of PS3. Who is he? Well keeping in mind that PS2 sold over 100 million consoles (and still outselling all other consoles in the market), is it not reasonable to think that many of these will buy the PS3 as well? The Xbox sold around 20 million in total, and offcourse a lot of these will buy the 360. So I think the age span on the new consoles will be bigger than before, and there's not really a maximum age to talk about for any of the consoles. But walking in the game shops in London it seems to be Nintendo and Playstation that caters best for kids games, so i think the Wii will get the youngest gamers (also because of price).
Im 34 years old, and bought my PS2 as my first DVD player in 2000 (or 2001). Now im gonna buy the PS3 as well as my first BD player. Do I use it or games or movies? I'll use it as both, but mainly movies, but i'm definitely gonna get GT 5 and a couple of other games. In addition my wife loves Singstar and Buzz (as does all our friends), so there will be some gaming and entertainment as well.
If I wasnt married these days I would also buy the 360 just to play Halo which is a great game. But I think it will be enough with PS3 (for me) and Wii (for the kids).
When the PS3 is in the house (in March hopefully) i will buy a 1080p 40" LCD to get full performance from the PS3.
And now my predictions of the future
as it seems most people have a view about it here hehe :
The 360 will be a great gaming machine and with the possibility to add on HD it will perform well, better than xbox. It will probably be the favoured machine in the US, in Europe it will be a even match i think and in Asia i think PS3 and Wii will dominate the arena.
For gamers and HD interested people the world has never really been any better. You can now get a combined gaming system with HD playing capabilites for $600 and under. Keep in mind how much the PS2 cost when it came, was not far from $400 in real money terms. And a lot of people will be able to afford every console there is.
Anyway, just had to get it out. Can't see why people are getting so emotional over some plastic and metals that will be worthless in 5 years anyway