Which should I get first - 360 or PS3?

It’s always fun when we get one of these threads a week. Anyways, my standard refrain: if you are more interested in just games, games, games, get a 360. You won’t regret it.

If you really want a multimedia machine that also play games (but not quite as many, and not quite as many fancy exclusives), get yourself a Playstation 3.

Or, they are both relatively cheap now if you find deals, buy both?

He wants to get both, he needs help on what to get first.

Go 360. Bigger game catalog, and just as many crazy games as a Ps3. Just, play what you like, you’ll find any genre on either console, but 360 is cheaper.

Also considering currently multiplatform titles are mostly slightly better on the 360, I 'd get that first, since the ps3 is generally an exclusives only machine for most people I know with both

I only have a 360 and did not regret lacking a ps3 until demons souls came out. I will buy one sometime next year for that game, play it to death, and drop it in a closet until something else pops out. Nothing else interests me so far on it, and I’m not buying a new receiver yet so I dont want to leave it hooked up to my sole optical port. (And I won’t play games in 2 channel stereo)

FYI, Uncharted 2 is worth buying a PS3 for. It’s that good.

What? Please explain further.

A true Qt3 classic:

No the WalMart deal, I know all about TRDX insanity.

Too slow.

It’ll be at 8am Saturday morning. Each store will have at least 10 arcade units. The arcade will cost $200, but come with a $100 gift card. Not much else to tell.

Are they like hidden or something? I didn’t see anything for it on the Wal-Mart site. I must have missed this in the bargain thread, a 360 for 100 bucks sounds like a pretty good deal to me.

360 Elite: $300
Better controller
Better game selection, both in total number of games and affordable used/discounted titles
If you want WiFi, add $80-$100 for the (overengineered) first-party dongle
If you want to play online, add $50 per year
If you want peace of mind, add $60 for an extended warranty (remember, the 3-year is RROD only)
If you want rechargeable battery packs for your wireless controllers, add $15 per pack and I recommend $30 for the quick-charger (the play-n-charge cable acted wonky for me)
If you want DLC, you have to buy MS points in specified blocks, some of which will undoubtedly rest in your account as a free loan to MS
If you want hi-def movie playback, you’re SOL (unless Netflix can deliver an HD stream, which is still not particularly sharp)

PS3: $300
WiFi included
Hi-def movie playback included
Free online play
Wireless controllers have built-in rechargeable batteries
DLC can be paid for with actual money at the time of purchase

(unless Netflix can deliver an HD stream, which is still not particularly sharp)

Actually, we streamed a high def movie the other night and it looked quite good.

Yeah, the Netflix HD streams look very good. Unfortunately, the catalogue is very limited. :(

I have incontrovertible evidence that the 360 is easier to drill holes into. (I’d explain to you how I know this, but I’m afraid it’s a secret.) So Rex, I believe your choice is clear.

The PS3 controller may be easier to use with claws, however, being smaller and lighter even now that they have rumble.

While the PS3 does have the pro of hi-def movies, be aware of the con that (unless packages have changed since I saw last) you’ll have to get a component or HDMI cable separately in order to actually take advantage of that, due to the bizarre choice to just have composite video cable packed in.

Uh, what country are you in?

This is the same with all current 360 options. You’re going to want to buy an HDMI or component cable if you want HD either way.

I double dog dare you to Google image search Futanari with safe search off.

Don’t do it at work, though!

I’m actually vaguely curious to know if that’s a real title. Not that curious, mind you.

Or just buy a third party wireless bridge adapter for like $25.

If you want peace of mind, add $60 for an extended warranty (remember, the 3-year is RROD only)

Bad deal, IMO. Given new Xboxes are much more reliable, Microsoft is very lenient with the warranty terms if pushed and even if the worst comes to pass and you need to replace the 360 out of pocket, the new cost of a replacement Xbox is like $150 (standard Arcade price if you catch a decent sale, and the Arcade is a perfectly good replacement for a dead Elite unless you NEED the box to be Black) and continually falling. In the face of all that, $60 is too high a price for insurance on the device, IMO.

If you want rechargeable battery packs for your wireless controllers, add $15 per pack and I recommend $30 for the quick-charger (the play-n-charge cable acted wonky for me)

I always see people pooh-poohing the play-n-charge cables but I and my friends all have had them for years and much prefer to them to the quick charger, but YMMV. One other often overlooked fact is that you can use standard rechargable AA batteries in your 360 controllers if you want, so if you already have a bunch of Eneloops or something laying around you can repurpose those for the 360 controllers.

If you want hi-def movie playback, you’re SOL (unless Netflix can deliver an HD stream, which is still not particularly sharp)

The 360 is perfectly capable of playing high def movies off of local DVD-Rs, USB connected devices or network streamed from a PC. The internal codec support is somewhat limited, but if you have high def content in WMV, DiVX, MP4, etc, the 360 will play it just fine. Of course, none of this is as consumer friendly as Bluray disc so the point still has some merit.

Also you can buy/rent non-Netflix HD movies off Xbox Live Marketplace or I guess Zune Marketplace is the new name. They aren’t Bluray quality but with a good network connection they are close enough for the vast majority of people who aren’t videophiles.