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Old Dec 18th, 2007, 12:13 PM   #11
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I have enough Airmiles to pick up either an XBox 360 or a PlayStation 3.

I have seen it mentioned here that the XBox will work with the Mac to stream video and such to your tv. Does the PS3 do this as well.

I really like the BlueRay in the PS3 and would consider getting it just for movie but extra features would be nice. The kids have a PS2 and a GameCube but the teenager is pulling for the XBox.

Anyone here have any input on this one?
I have XBox 360 and I just love it online. My friend has all three consoles and prefers XBox for online. WII I find just so wimpy but PS3 does have it bonuses but you are paying a lot more. There have been hardware problems with all three units so don't assume one is worst than the other.
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Old Dec 18th, 2007, 12:34 PM   #12
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in my opinion, the games are more fun on the 360, at least the ones that aren't cross platform.

LIVE is worth the $5 a month, especially if you have friends in real life that you want to play with online. it's really easy to join their games or invite them to yours.

the ability to stream video from the mac is a huge plus. why bother with an apple tv?

manny is right to point out the hardware issues. they are real - i have a friend who is on his 5th one. the 360 has some serious design flaws and frankly, i'm really disheartened microsoft hasn't come out with a revision to the hardware to address the reliability issues.

if you can put up with the risk of hardware failure then the 360 is the clear winner. just based on my own observations, i would estimate that 1 out of every 4 xbox 360 consoles will have the red ring of death within the first year. microsoft seems to have a never ending warranty though, so you can get a replacement as often as needed.
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Old Dec 18th, 2007, 12:37 PM   #13
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The PS3 is rumored to be getting a firmware upgrade that will enable you to play divx and wmv files very soon (possibly today?). But by choosing PS3 you will be choosing sides in the format war (ahhh !!!!)

Also keep in mind that the 40Gb price dropped version might not be compatible with ps2 games (i don't think it is).

i got an xbox b/c it's online play is really unmatched right now. altho in terms of games i would have probably gone with the ps3 but they really dropped the ball when it launched.

xbox's hardware failures i think are mostly attributed to overheating and plugging in 3rd party hardware accessories like fans and stuff directly to its power supply (ironic!). I think if you keep it cool it'll be fine. Plus it has a 3yr warranty from MS for complete hardware failures. I am not sure what sony's is.

Most companies are getting out of distributing games exclusively for one console or the other so that is less of a factor. But even if you don't consider yourself a gamer you should check the catalog of games as there is a huge push right now for games for the non-gamer

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the xbox is kind of noisy. and is also notorious for scratching discs when you stand the console up.

but if you are looking at it as a media player first Sony is really pushing it as one where as the xbox is primarily for gaming so maybe you should go with PS3. If you get something your kids really want you might not get on it at all lol
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Old Dec 18th, 2007, 12:44 PM   #14
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in my opinion, the games are more fun on the 360, at least the ones that aren't cross platform.

LIVE is worth the $5 a month, especially if you have friends in real life that you want to play with online. it's really easy to join their games or invite them to yours.

the ability to stream video from the mac is a huge plus. why bother with an apple tv?

manny is right to point out the hardware issues. they are real - i have a friend who is on his 5th one. the 360 has some serious design flaws and frankly, i'm really disheartened microsoft hasn't come out with a revision to the hardware to address the reliability issues.

if you can put up with the risk of hardware failure then the 360 is the clear winner. just based on my own observations, i would estimate that 1 out of every 4 xbox 360 consoles will have the red ring of death within the first year. microsoft seems to have a never ending warranty though, so you can get a replacement as often as needed.
I know one guy at work who had his Playstation 3 replaced. Not one of my several XBox 360 friends had problems. I do keep my receipts I tell you that.
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Old Dec 18th, 2007, 12:50 PM   #15
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To be honest, I don't think you can go wrong. Either way you will most likely be happy.

Personally, I have always been a big Xbox fan, so I was leaning toward the 360 for the longest time. With the recent price drop on the PS3's, I decided to pick one up and give it a shot. I've always had something against Sony, which I can't really explain. I was a big Nintendo fan growing up, so my hatred for the Sega moved to Sony once they released the PSone. However, I have to give Sony credit for the PS3. It's a marvel.

I think in the long run the PS3 brings more value (with the Blu-Ray player) but both systems bring equal quality.
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Old Dec 18th, 2007, 12:51 PM   #16
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360 all the way. But there are new 360's coming out in 2008 that will include a hd player built in if you are willing to wait. Or obviously if you must have blueray the ps3 is one of the cheapest ways of getting this.
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Old Dec 18th, 2007, 12:53 PM   #17
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360 all the way. But there are new 360's coming out in 2008 that will include a hd player built in if you are willing to wait. Or obviously if you must have blueray the ps3 is one of the cheapest ways of getting this.
An Xbox with HD DVD built in is only a rumor at this point. Correct me if I am wrong (link?)

You could wait to get one, then you can pick up your iPhone at the Rogers store at the same time...
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Old Dec 18th, 2007, 01:04 PM   #18
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It says rumor but if the head honcho of Toshiba is confirming I think it's more than a rumor.

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Old Dec 18th, 2007, 03:52 PM   #19
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Be aware, you need a fast flash drive to play video. Otherwise, the video will stop and stutter. Also, your Xbox 360 won't read the iPod if it's formatted for Mac.
Not true...I have a macintosh formatted iPod and it shows up fine on my xbox 360.....
Any USB 2.0 USB key will work too...
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both are good, i now have a ps3, my 360 blew up, i had to go through the whole MS warranty BS.

i think the 360 currently has better media center functionality, you can plug in a mac formatted iPod for example and it also plays multi region movies.
the PS3 however has a built in web browser which is handy while on the couch.

Sony have to update the PS3 quickly for better media center capability, I am currently experimenting with getting music to stream to my ps3 using this app called twonky media (not much luck as of yet)

games wise, i think the ps3 will have better exclusives,
ratchet and clank on ps3 is amazing, as will gran turismo 5, the user interface of the ps3 is much cleaner, where i find the 360's gui looks like it was designed for kindergarten kids.

i don't miss my 360, i just wish sony would come out with a major media center update to the OS!
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