I had considered an XBox 360 a few times, but I was leery of the terrible failure rate and the fact that wireless connectivity added another ~£40 to the price, so when Microsoft announced the last hardware upgrade (built in wireless) and when I heard there were improvements to the heat management which hopefully reduce the failure rate, I was really tempted.
So tempted in fact, that I’ve gone and bought one. In my defense, if I need one, I present the fact that as an entertainment device the PS3 has been superb and easily more than value for money. A policy of buying games cheaply, playing them all the way through and not buying loads means that the £’s / hour we get from the PS3 easily outweigh buying DVD’s, or going to the cinema.
So essentially the PS3 has paid for itself, and I expect the XBox will do the same over time.
So, how do they compare now that I own them both (and have at one time owned a Wii). Basically, there’s nothing in it between the XBox and the PS3. They’re both excellent, the graphics are both excellent, the controllers are both okay. The PS3 has rechargeable controllers by default, which is a win over the XBox battery powered ones that come with the console (although we bought a second one and it’s rechargeable). Also, the PS3 online gaming stuff is free for everyone rather than a paid service as it is with the XBox, but they’re minor points. The games are comparable. I’m sure more hard core gamers will point out tearing or refresh rates or polygon counts, but to an average gamer who just likes the games, I couldn’t tell you if either one looked better, they both look great.
The XBox gets pretty hot, but it’s much smaller than my old ‘fat’ PS3. If you play from the disc, the XBox is noiser, but once you install the game on the 250GB disk it’s pretty quiet.
Overall, very pleased. The only difference between the consoles really, are the exclusive games and exclusive content that Sony or Microsoft manage to buy, and you have to wonder how much that costs them to maintain. So, I’ll be able to play Left 4 Dead (1 and 2) on a console now.
(XBL Gamertag is EightBitTony if you know me, let me know who you are if you send a friend request)