You have a few very valid points. What the discussion is focused on is facts, not your choice or thoughts on quality of games. I have an Xbox 360, Xbox, Playstation 3, Playstation 2, PSP, Game boy, PC, and an old Coleco Vision and Atari. So when I state my opinion on playability and ease of use I am using my first hand experience and research from the internet and hell just some good all BS talk with friends.
I got tired of the arguments between 360 and PS3. I was an Xbox fan all the way. I have all the accessories, and all the extras. I bought a PS3 because Xbox lost the HD war. Now I am old. I remember the old VHS vs. Beta war. I bet on Xbox and lost. After doing allot of research I found the smartest and least expensive Blue-Ray player was the PS3. Not only do you get a Blue-Ray player, but you get kick *** games as well. Plus when you buy a stand alone Blue-Ray you usually don?t connect it to the internet. Because the PS3 connects, you get Blue-Ray format updates.
I have not only played similar games simultaneously on two equal display screens. (My bachelor party was a video game party. We got all our consoles, all our accessories and basically had a guitar hero, and Grand Turismo, and Halo party) I have also played all the Console specific games.
I can site references into which console has the better software, has better graphics etc. Well they both lose to PC. The reason being PC (if you spend the $) can be specifically designed for extreme graphics. The 360 and PS3 are almost absolute (if you go by PC standards) the day they leave the door.
But video games are not all about the graphics, or 1080p vs 1080i etc. Look at the Wii. People buy what gives them playability. What gets me excited about playing? What makes me enjoy the overall experience?
In my experience of having allot of different consoles I find that I ebb and flow between the flow. I am currently addicted to Gran Turismo 5 Prologue on the PS3 (the graphics are so amazing they distract me) When I had a choice of buying Grand theft Auto IV I chose the 360. The reason being is the online play with the Xbox out shines the 360. It is so easy, there is no learning curve. You don?t have to be knowledgeable to connect and play. You just click. And hey there you are.
Because the PS3 is very propriotory I find that while free, it just takes longer. Yes I can connect. Yes I can play. Yes it works. But it doesn?t have the same ease, and problem solving that the 360 does.
As far as the ?extras? don?t forget connection with the 360 is free to. You just can?t play online. You can do all the same things on both. Also the 360 connects very easy to my Windows Media Center. I use it like a TiVo. I can record, and watch life TV. No extra steps, no extra downloads, no brain work required. It just works.
The PS3 rocks in the sense that it talks to my cameras, my PSP. It finds video and movies to. But to be honest takes me longer to set up. When it comes to gaming it?s half a dozen of one and six of the other. Is Halo 4 a reason for buying a console. Sure if you can afford it. So is Grand Turismo.
One is not better than the other, they both have great points. Your references to Xbox 360 issues are also incorrect. If you do your research you will find that most problems were back in 2005-2006. Microsoft stands behind all there products. Yes you have to jump through some hoops, but when my PSP went blank on the screen that was a freaking pain in the *** to fix. I had my receipts, I had all my documents. I couldn?t take it to the place I bought it. I had to send it to someone else, who sent it somewhere else. They tried to charge me for shipping and repair. I eventually got a new PSP but it took alot of work. I have never had a problem with my 360 Elite.
Either way you are dealing with 2 huge corporations, so your decision in purchasing should not be based on ?what happened to a friend of mine? but on the fact that both company?s are reliable and yes you will have to fill out paper work, but come on. To make it sound like Microsoft has a bad repair issue or they made a defective product on purpose is ********. It weekends your argument and takes away from your credibility. If a friend had an issue returning an item, they have legal recourse that is determined by laws. Not the company itself.
If you want to state your opinion that PS3 is better, than say that. Don?t take away from it by stating garbage or ?what if?s?. I state that in my opinion PS3 has better graphics, but to be honest I don?t buy my games based on graphics. I base them on the story, the action, and the enjoyment. If you are deciding between the two consoles you have to ask what you want. Do you want to play online? Xbox 360 (yes it will cost money and that needs to be added to the decision making process) Do want a Blue-Ray player? Go with PS3. Both connect to the internet; Xbox connects to your windows if you have it. But both will watch and record TV.
If you have the income, get both, and a PC, Then sit back and spend to much time playing games.
Good Gaming People. See you out there