Ok, I've been doing my best to try to avoid the whole 'next gen console war' whatever hoopla that seems to come out every time new video games systems come out. This time I only ever owned a PS2 (which I bought for Tony Hawk, GTA3, and SSX) and now really appreciating for the Guitar Hero.
For the next generation I'd always been leaning towards buying a Playstation 3. However, when the price was announced ($500 for the base, $600 for the high capacity model) I began to second guess that idea. I've heard lots of good things about the Xbox 360 and am interested in picking one up.
Still, now that I've seen the new PS3 page that is up for Europe, I'm thinking I may be going back to the PS3 (it's so shiny!). I'm not convinced that the PS3 online service will be as good as Xbox Live! but I'm beginning to think that some of the other benefits of the console will outweigh that.
While I don't yet have an HDTV (see yesterday's post) I'm thinking I will be picking one up here in the next year. I already know which one I want (the 50" SXRD Sony WEGA) ... and I drool over it whenever I get the chance. With that massive TV, I think that I would want to move to a next gen movie player as well. So, I have the choice of buying an Xbox 360 and the HD-DVD add on that is supposed to come later this year or standalone HD-DVD/Blu-ray player (instead of the add-on) or I can get the PS3 that will have the built in Blu-ray drive but will also include memory card slots, WiFi, Bluetooth, the ability to play my PS2 games, and support for Super Audio CD's. If their talk of an integrated web browser is true then I may be able to ditch the whole PowerBook/Mac Mini router thing I've got going now and just use the PS3.