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So we have all three next generation gaming consoles on the market… which one do you think is a good buy, not just from gaming perspective, but also as a home entertainment device.

So we have all three next generation gaming consoles on the market… which one do you think is a good buy, not just from gaming perspective, but also as a home entertainment device.

  1. It’s Wii for me, although I’ll be waiting until after-launch shipments. I just checked a couple of east bay stores (Best Buy in Emeryville and Target in Albany), and both are sold out.

    In each store there were at least six people asking about Wii, wondering when more would be available. Interest in the PlayStation 3, however, was non-existent.

    This round of console wars will be interesting. The incumbent looks to be in trouble.

  2. PS3 for me, well because most of the game I’ll be playing will be on PS3.

    But I still think that gaming consoles should stick to gaming and not to try to become something like a ‘media center’. Then again it might just be me.

  3. I think the PS3 has a built-in advantage because of the bluray and card reader.

    However, I think the 360 is better both as a gaming system and as a home entertainment device, since you can stream pictures, audio, and video to it from a windows MCE/vista machine.

    Games-wise, I think the 360 also has the upper hand, largely because it’s easier to develop for (MS is known for their excellent development tools, sony is known for the opposite) and because it has a 1 year jump on game development. It will take at least another generation or two before PS3 games start looking as beautiful as Gears of War, and by then Halo 3 will be out..

  4. Come on Om. One of the most powerful machines you can buy, Yellow Dog Linux, homebrew support, the best in games, and blu-ray for $600? Combine that with my web 2.0 apps and I am able to manage my online businesses and waste my life playing Resistance: Fall of Man all at the same time. Truly the PS3 is the ultimate in convergence devices and with great fan dedication and support, I look forward to you eating your words on the collapse of the PS3.

  5. My wife won’t let me bring a video game console into the house. She gave me some bullshit excuse like “you will play it all the time and forget about me.” This is obviously true, but I still don’t like it.

  6. Personally, I’d go with the 360 if you want a better overall experience, including Home Entertainment.

    Although, I’ll probably be picking up a Wii myself just because I love their games coupled with the new nunchuck control. I gotta try it!

  7. i was definately first in line to make fun of the wii for the past year when i found out about the dumb controller, but of course i found myself outside of the store at 3pm waiting for the wii at midnight, i played it that night and it was one of the most satisfying gaming experiences of my life. but it just doesnt have the power that my 360 does, gears of war is definately the scale tipper this year setting the new standard for all systems.
    playstation what? six hundred what? dont think so

  8. Let’s recap:

    Gears of War makes it worth the purchase of a 360 alone. MS is near break even and Halo 3 isn’t even out yet. Combine that with the recent convergence of media on the 360, along with Xbox Live and you got yourself a winner.

    Once the initial fanfare dies off, the PS3 will be a tough sell for most. I have a feeling a lot of people were out to make a profit this weekend.

    The Wii is cheap, appeals to just about everyone, including gamers for Zelda alone, and doesn’t seem to have as many issues is production.

    I think a Wii + 360 combo makes the most sense.

  9. I would agree with Jimmy Gambier in that the Wii and Xbox 360 combination, aka Wii60, would be the best. The combination covers a wonderful selection of classic game titles to begin with and both have plenty more to come. Xbox 360’s Live service is second to none and I am excited to see how well the Wii integrates with Opera to provide a browsing environment. To be honest though, there are only two things stopping me from suggesting a Wii-only game setup. First is the fact that the Wii does not include DVD support yet. Second is that I am a Halo saga fan. The cost and lack of games that interest me are what keeps me away from purchasing a PS3.

  10. I’m not a big gamer, the last console I bought was the PS1, and I just picked up a wii this morning and I have not been able to put the thing down. The motion controlled remote is trully revolutionary. Noted, the Wii doesn’t have the graphics capabilities and the horsepower to match the xbox 360 or the ps3, but man is it fun. My wife has been playing all day with me and absolutely loves it too.

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