Here's my situation: I want to buy one of these. I simply don't care about the fanboy stuff (so you can leave those shoes at the door), all I want to know is, which one will entertain me more? Perhaps as a sign of getting old, I've been happy with the Wii and PC for a long time, so I haven't really kept up with this generation of HD consoles very well.
I don't enjoy playing FPS games on consoles. I'd make exceptions for Bioshock and CoD4, but that doesn't tip the scales in either direction since they're cross-platform. Multiplayer FPS games are no. Multiplayer online games are also no. I neither have the time to invest or the patience to get good at them.
On the PS3, I'd immediately buy Little Big Planet, Metal Gear 4 and Uncharted 2. As far as the Xbox goes, I can't think of a single exclusive game that I would immediately buy, but its online system seems to be much more established and they have a better focus on indie games (which admittedly are usually released on PC too). It's also cheaper here.
Specifically, I'd like to know about region locking. Have any of you bought import games and had issues with them on either console? I'm looking into this now.
As it stands now, I'd go for the Xbox. I only play PC games online.
But yea. The PS3 has the exclusives but multiplatform games are almost always better on the Xbox in terms of loading, graphics, connectivity and general kick arseness of the 360 OS. MS moneyhatted their way into getting either full or timed exclusive DLC too. It's been around longer and theres just more games on the Xbox.
Most xbox games dont have region locking either. Though it's always a pain to find a region locked game that you want :@ (they never released the Williams Pinball collection in Europe grr).
There are some nice little gems in the xbox community games shop too.
Originally Posted by -Adam- Omg doesn't it? Damn if this is true I'll be very happy. There's one game that didn't come out in Europe and I'd quite like to try it out
PS3 is region free, with the exception of Blu-ray movies. The region locking features for games are in there, but I read that the only game to utilise them is Stranglehold. There are still other issues with buying international games - such as NTSC/PAL (for HDMI TVs this is not a problem), and being locked to the region you bought the game from when it comes to downloading DLC and playing online.
The Xbox is only selectively region free, decided by the game publishers. Meh. That's a big downer for me because you can be sure that the region locked games will be the major releases and not Barbie Goes Canoeing (Halo 3 is a notable region-locked game).
Edit: James replied too!
I really don't know about the Xbox. I like it, it's cheap, and it has all the cross-platform games (er, obviously), but not many key features grab my interest. I like the community games shop, though. Are the loading times / graphics that much better on the Xbox360?
Interms of the better machine we all know that the Playstation 3 is more powerful however with Xbox 360 you have game achivement points this is an amazing feature & Xbox Live is in a class of its own. Sure you can play online with PC or Playstation but its no where near as good or as user friendly. Yep the Xbox 360 platform is the best and the cheaper option!!!! In my opinion Xbox 360 is the best console ever made it just has one small problem "reliability" ! I'm on my 4th, don't worrie too much about that though you get a 3 year warranty with every Xbox!
Originally Posted by Va1entine Interms of the better machine we all know that the Playstation 3 is more powerful
Bzzt wrong. The PS3 has the better CPU chip, but the Xbox has better memory and GPU.
Originally Posted by nim
Are the loading times / graphics that much better on the Xbox360?
Yea. The PS3 also requires you to install games (at least on the ones I played), but they still take as long to load as an Xbox and it just makes the experience feel a little bit cheaper. Hopefully they sort this out with faster bluray drives in future models.
I wouldn't worry too much about playing online. Most games have a matchmaking system that puts you against people of similar skill.
PS3 for me - you get more for what you pay, and it has the better exclusives in my opinion. Also the difference in graphics/loading times between 360 and PS3 is barely noticeable anymore - the PS3 used to be worse off when it first came out, but now there isn't much difference.
At the end of the day it depends what games you want (these are just a few off the top of my head):
Metal Gear Solid 4
God of War 3 (2010)
Ratchet & Clank Future 1 & 2
Ninja Gaiden Sigma 1 & 2
PixelJunk Shooter (PSN)
PixelJunk Eden (PSN)
Fat Princess (PSN)
Gran Turismo 5 (2010)
Heavy Rain (2010)
Gears of War (also on PC)
Mass Effect (also on PC)
Gears of War 2
Forza Motorsport 2 & 3
Left 4 Dead 1 & 2 (also on PC)
Shadow Complex (Live)
Project Gotham Racing 3 & 4
Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition (also on PC)
Trials HD (Live)
Viva Pinata 1 & 2
Forza Motorsport 3
Alan Wake (2010 or 2011 - not sure)
There are also games like Castle Crashers and Braid - but Braid has just been released on PS3, and Castle Crashers will be released on PS3 next year.
I would recommend the PS3 because, even though you are not interested at present in playing online when you do eventually do so you will not have to pay for the privilege whereas M$ decided to charge extra for this feature!