1. Both consoles have EA
2. Online connectivity on the 360 is far superior to the PS3s, but ya, it costs you a little money, just look for deals for Xbox Live Gold cards.
3. Well if you were, the 360's shooters are amazing, Gears of War is the best example, as is Lost Planet
4. 360 is the cheaper unit
5. A lot more games available for the 360, both for sale and rent
6. The 360 is loud, but the newer units aren't as loud as the original units; the PS3 is quieter from what I've heard, no pun intended.
7. Yes, lots of problems out there, but Peter Moore just announced a new 3 year warranty which covers the common Red Rings of Death issue. I highly recommend an extended warranty though, through MS or the store you buy it from.
8. I don't find the drive to be problematic at all, it's a fairly loud drive, unless you get the BenQ model, but that's cause it's spinning at 12x, so what do you expect?
9. Standard HDMI cable, but if you get the 360 Elite, you get an HDMI cable with it.
10. PS3 batteries are built in, but that means if they crap out, you have to deal with Sony to replace it, or buy a new one. 360 you can pop in your own rechargeables, or buy the MS rechargeable battery pack.
11. PS3 has wifi built in
12. Free, but also crap in comparison
I said I wouldn't buy the HD DVD drive either, but I bought it since it's so inexpensive, just recently it was $160 at Bestbuy, but I bought it a long time ago for $180. I also now have 10+ HD-DVDs in a matter of months, I barely have more regular DVDs than this.
If gaming is your main aspect, then it's simple, get a 360, far better games, far better online service.
With the conclusion of the original XBOX, I am now in the market for a new console. I have been looking at the PS3 online and in the stores, and I borrowed a buddies 360 to try.
My needs/concerns for a console are:
1. Has to have the EA sports franchise (NHL, Madden, Tiger Woods and Baseball)
2. Online connectivity is important for those games
3. I am not into shooting or action games (not enough to impact a decision)
4. Price is a concern
5. I am not much of a renter, I like to buy a couple games a year.
6. The 360 fan is really loud. It is much louder than the previous generation. Is the PS3 any quieter?
7. I know that a lot of people have had some problems with the 360, but am I only hearing about it because I hang out here? Is it a big problem?
8. The drive in the 360 sounds like my $30 dvd player when it opens and closes. There are clunks and you can really hear it moving. Is this normal, or just the 360 I borrowed?
9. The PS3 doesn't come with HD cables, can I use a standard HDMI cable, or do I have to buy a special one from Sony?
10. I know the 360 controllers take batteries, does the PS3? If not, how long does the batter last before it no longer holds a charge?
11. Both the 360 and PS3 have wireless wifi built in, correct?
12. I can't find the price for the PS3s online service, does anyone know it?
If I did get a PS3, i would probably get some blu-rays, but I doub't I would get the HD DVD drive for the 360.
Thanks for taking the time to respond.