The Console Wars: I Finally Get My Take
So I just recently bought a PS3 (loving it by the way) and I have decided to compare all three consoles based off of the three areas that I consider important when shopping for consoles. So let's start with one of the most important.
Wii: For 150 dollars the Wii is the cheapest of this generation of consoles. That is if you can consider it to be this generation. Much like the GameCube the Wii is a system and nothing more. There is an internet browser, but it really isn't the easiest to use. There really isn't a whole lot to say about what you're getting here, because there really isn't a whole lot. The online is free which is a nice little bonus
PS3: For 299 you can get a console that is 120 GB. If you want even more you can go up to 349. That being said though the PS3 is overall the best deal that you can get this generation with consoles. Not only is it a gaming console but it is also a Blu-Ray player, and a damn good one at that. The load times on the Blu-Ray are short and the picture is great. To buy a Blu-Ray player and either of the other consoles will run you over 299 so this is a rather good deal. Not to mention the online is also free.
Xbox 360: I'm going to completely exclude the Arcade here, because if anyone is a serious gamer they will just end up spending more money on making their Arcade into an Elite. The Elite's cost 299 and they come with 120 GB just like the PS3. The 360 is just a DVD player as the 360 jumped onboard the now failed HD-DVD technology, but that was a 100 dollar add on anyways. The Xbox Live service is the only online service that you have to pay for, but 50 dollars for a year is very cheap considering how great the service is.
Winner: PS3, because the Blu-Ray player makes this the best value.
Wii: The Wii is very hit or miss with games. About ¾ of the Wii's catalogue is complete shovelware and are games that no one has ever really played, or wants to for that matter. Finding a good Wii game is like finding a good book. It may be hard, but when you do it almost makes the experience that much more rewarding. Not to mention that the games are ten dollars cheaper than the Xbox 360 and PS3, just don't be expecting as many price drops either. Notable exclusives: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Metroid Prime, No More Heroes, anything Mario.
PS3: If you walk into a GameStop or any movie/game rental store if you take a look at the number of games available for each console, you will probably notice that the PS3 has the smallest amount of titles. Don't let this fool you though, the PS3 has some great exclusives, and pretty much all the AAA multi-platform games can be found on here too! Notable Exclusives: MGS4, Killzone 2, Resistance series, Uncharted series
Xbox 360: The Xbox 360 has the largest library of playable titles. I say playable, because even though not every game is good, they are pretty much all a lot better than the learning games that you will find for the Wii. The 360 has been around the longest, so it makes sense that it excels in the number of great games (and I am not a Halo fan BTW!). Notable Exclusives: Mass Effect, Fable, Gears of War, Left 4 Dead
Winner: Xbox 360 by a narrow margin. A lot of games that were once great 360 exclusives have been ported over to other consoles, making them just as worthy. Not to mention the PS3 will be getting Heavy Rain and God of War 3 in the next month, making them a heavy contender.
Wii: The Wii is free online. If you can manage to figure out how to play a shooter on the Wii then you could definitely have the same kind of fun that you could on the 360 or PS3, but the Wii does have an extensive Downloadable Game service that features plenty of old school N64, SNES, NES, and Genesis games for you to purchase and enjoy some nostalgia.
PS3: The PS3 is also free online, which is nice. There is quite an extensive library of great online titles, like the Resistance series, SOCOM, and Killzone 2 (and those are just exclusives) there are still games like Rainbow Six Vegas and Call of Duty to enjoy as well. The PS3 also features quite a bit of great downloads on the Playstation Store. The most impressive is the 90 or more PSone games that are available for download. It's also rumored that there will at some point in time be PS2 games to download too. Did I mention that you can surf the web and go on Netflix too? Not to fancy I say.
Xbox 360: Xbox Live used to be the king of the online gaming world. Sure you had to pay 50 bucks a month but it was worth it, and it still is, but when compared to the other systems, there are some things that just don't stack up like they used to. I will say that I like the friend and party systems more on the 360, not to mention the console if you buy new comes with a headset which is very nice as well. The downloadable content is the same as the PS3, there is nothing that sets it apart which is where the Xbox is a bit of a letdown. There are about 20 Xbox Originals that you can download, but only two-four titles are ones that would even be worth considering. Also Xbox used to have Netflix all to themselves but now that it is on every console it's not that big of a deal.
Winner: PS3. This could have just as easily gone to the Wii, as they both have amazing options for downloading old school titles, but the PS3 just has better games to actually play online and not just download.
Overall: PS3. I feel weird giving the title to a system I haven't even owned for a month but it's true. When you put the three side by side the PS3 comes out on top. I honestly expected that comparing all three of them, I would choose the Xbox 360, but while writing this I recognized one thing: A large majority of Xbox 360 exclusives, end up going to other consoles in a year or so. So they aren't really exclusives anymore, making the PS3 library that much stronger. Sorry Microsoft.