--Just before i start ranting on, anyone else get kicks out of reading like the first 2 pages of noobs shouting all the features that arent in the ps3 anymore? "dualshock!!11!" heh..
ups: Cheap, simple, nice kid looking games etc (some parents dont want to spend $400 on a console ontop of violent games, new ideas for gaming(kinda)
downs: Worse graphics than the other 2 next gen consoles, motion controller (in my opinion) is a gimmic (not really a down, just putting it here), no dvd playing capabilities.
So, I just listed down what I think are the ups and downs of the wii are, you can argue about them between yourselves, but really its just what i think of the console.
-I Think that the wii, isnt really next gen.. It is their next console, but its just not hitting the next gen thing for me. If you look at it, you will see simple graphical games, like the sport games and such, you could argue that these are meant to be like this on purpose, but it looks stupid. Then again, there are games like zelda which are brilliant, but they have been worked on by nintendo with a huge budget, they want this game perfect. (If you saw the pics of the farcry wii game you will know what to expect of some games making a half *** effort on the wii)
-If you are playing the wii for a long period of time, your arm will be dead, like the game is forcing you to play interactively with the remote, but it will be hard after a while of having to point at the screen (like in a shooter) rather than resting the controller on your lap while playing or something.
-No dvd playback on the wii? This is annoying, because everyone has dvd's and both the other consoles have dvd playback, so why not this console? Its not a multimedia console, its focused mainly on games.
-Huge headstart, its been out for over a year, more games, bugs in the hardware are getting fixed, and there are more games to choose from as of now.
-Great online community (sure, having 12 year olds screaming at you on live isnt great, but being able to play most of the games with your friends is good)
-Hd games (looks better than the wii, not sure about the ps3) makes it look good.
-expensive (in the middle expensive gaming, cheaper than the ps3, but still expensive.)
-Hardware faults (loads of people are facing hardware faults and are either having them replaced under warranty, or paid to get repaired, this could be annoying.
-overheating issues (in relation to the hardware faults, the powerblock mostly)
-doesnt play hd-dvd's (you need an extra external hd dvd player for it)
Although the ps3 does look nice, this is more affordable, and it has more games out right now, so you could choose your games you want to get etc before wasting money on a console and end up with a console you dont have any games for..
It is better than the wii, but more expensive, and it is cheaper than the ps3 but less powerfull. Its in the middle, so its good for me.
-blue ray drive built in (plays blue ray, dvd's, cds etc) many people will buy this just for a cheap blue ray player, as other blue ray drives are more expensive than the ps3.
-powerful (it has a lot of potential as a games console, if they make games that use the whole power of the console and not just a slice of what it can do, then it would ba amazing, as currently, the games made right now have kinda been rushed for launch, but in the future you can only expect games to get better.
-tilting controller (has a tilting controller, although this is a cool thing, it would be annoying, as it would be shoved in your face to flick the controller one way or another to move where others would just want to use the analoge sticks.
-no dual shock (this is in the 360 and the wii, it is great, you can tell if you are shot, crash a car etc. They dont really have a good escuse not to include the dual shock in their controllers..
-no online gaming system/support (they have not made an official online support, like community unlike the 360, they have left it up to the developers. They are failing to recodnise how much online playing of games means to people, and by leaving it up to the developers, you are going to have the same kind of online play as the ps2.. crap hard to use, and weirdo's on it)
- damn expensive (just damn! Im waiting a good 2 years before even thinking about buying this console, it is so expensive, europeans get it worse, we get it delayed and vat put on top of it (17.5%))
- Weak launch line up (the wii and the ps3 are alike, they both dont have appealing games to me, and to many others, unlike the 360 which has a huge library of games you can choose from.)
Overall, you cant say who is going to win the console war.
The wii will be for the younger age group, as the parents will buy the cheaper and more child freindly console.
The 360 is what most people are going to get right now, and they have a huge advantage against the 2 other consoles, so the other 2 have to get their act together and catch up. At the rate the 360 is going, they could be developing their next console before sony or nintendo do.
The ps3 will have a weak launch, but it will pull itself onto its feet, and by like 2008 or 2009, it will easily be in the lead if it gets its act together and makes decent and origional games. As it has the potential to do so.
Im going to get the 360, wait 2 or 3 years then get the ps3