questionswhats everyone's preference: xbox 360, ps3, or…

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I own all three and for me it's been PS3, but recently Kinect has started drawing me over to 360. Ultimately though, I think it comes down to where your friends play.

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@btw1217: I agree. All my friends are on xbox 360, so thats what i play.

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Wii - Good for family.
PS3 - Best media machine.
XboX 360 - Good for online play.

I own PS3 and Wii and I use the PS3 almost every day.
Love the PS3.

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If you have friends who play online, then they probably play XBOX 360. So it depends on whether or not you have friends.

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Unfortunately, I have all three, but tend to use the PS3 the most simply becuase it has the blu-ray player and is pretty convenient to use.

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The Wii is obsolete now that the Xbox 360 has Kinect.

I've never owned a PlayStation, but have played with friends that do own it. I wasn't impressed with the PS3. I didn't like the controllers and the network seemed super slow; updates took forever. Hard to find online matches. Graphics and gameplay seemed about the same, I suppose. I like Xbox's game selection better. PlayStation Move (I think it's called) is basically the same thing as the Wii; still need a controller in hand for it to track and it doesn't "see" your whole body.

Xbox 360 + Kinect is a great all-around gaming setup for kids and adults.

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I'm a PS3 guy. I do the Wii once in a while, though, but generally for Wii Sports. I haven't bought any games for it in about 2 years.

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I just received my first current-generation console from my girlfriend for Christmas, so I guess I gotta go with Xbox360 considering my lack of experience with the alternatives. I gotta say that the controller is kind of a pain in the ass to get used to, and I do wish it had Blu-ray capabilities 'cause now I'm going to have to purchase a separate player. Also the fact you have to pay (an ever increasing price) to play online is troubling, but I do understand that datacenters are money pits.

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I do like PS3, but Xbox 360 is by far the most user friendly machine and has a better online integration than PS3. The biggest drawback of the Xbox 360 is the lack of a Blu-Ray player. Of course, both Xbox 360 and PS3 blow the Wii out of the water in almost every category.

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The PS3 is quieter, has blu ray, better exclusive games and a sleeker interface but an awful user experience.

The Xbox 360 has more capabilities which are hidden behind a pay wall, a much better user experience, makes way too much noise (I do not own new system).

By 'user experience' I refer to the systems functionality. Not necessarily pieces used often, but things that do come up. The Xbox updates automatically, downloads are quick and everything is seamless. Demos are playable as soon as they are downloaded.

The PS3 is pathetically managed. You have to manually update to do pretty much anything when a patch is posted it's not automatic, you have to root around through the menus to find it. Then downloads are much slower and once you download the update/content, it has to be installed which is again slow. Xbox requires zero installation time for demos, PS3 demo installs can take over 20 minutes.

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I Have an Xbox 360 myself, Great for online play with friends, no complaints on graphics. Excellent media player with their various apps. Hulu, comcast and Verizon TV, Various radio Programs, and more..

Would recommend PS3 if you are a solo player who is looking for better graphics though

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@wootbretz: the new Slim Xbox 360 design is much quieter than the orig.

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Xbox360. I have a PS3, but really only use it for the BluRay player

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I've got all 3. The Wii's nice on the rare occasion of a new 1st party game. I've played a few hours of Skyward Sword for example, so I'm gonna pick that up soon.

PS3 has a few very nice exclusives. I really got it for the Uncharted games, Metal Gear, and PS2 compatibility (doesn't apply to newer systems. I bought a launch system from a friend for $200). I'm actually still ticked off about PSN, and I'm less familiar with the franchises on PS3, so I have trouble recommending it.

My 360 is my workhorse machine, even without Live Gold. Since I've had it for much longer, I've come to love more of the games on it. I hate the number of ads in the UI (wish they'd go back to the blade UI they used to use), but the system itself is pretty brilliant. I feel like the controls are essentially perfect.

I think my favorite gaming machine is my PC, though. Much more choice, more options for modification, etc. For consoles, I'll have to say 360, although I'm open to good games on anything.

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I have all three. It's ps3 > 360 > wii for me.

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My preference is for good games. Those end up being the biggest cost long term, even if you're a bargain hunter, so these days I require a certain critical mass before committing to a new machine. I have no particular brand loyalty for platforms. Every one has its pros and cons and I'm too old to get wrapped up in silly reassurances that I made the right choice.

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@wootbretz: "The PS3 is pathetically managed. You have to manually update to do pretty much anything when a patch is posted it's not automatic, you have to root around through the menus to find it. Then downloads are much slower and once you download the update/content, it has to be installed which is again slow. Xbox requires zero installation time for demos, PS3 demo installs can take over 20 minutes."

Are you sure you're playing on a PS3? The updates act exactly the same as the XBox 360. When you boot the console, if there is an update it will prompt you to install it, just like the 360. When you start a game, if there is an update, it will prompt you to install it, just like the XBox 360. I agree that the installs are a little slower than the 360, but most of what you're saying here is just FUD and I doubt you've ever even used a PS3.

I should also note that if you pay for Playstation+ updates are downloaded automatically if you turn that option on.

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I've been a devoted xbox/xbox360 kind of guy for the past decade. But honestly, if my 360 were to stop working I'll probably switch over to the ps3.