The gaming industry has come a long way from the days of inexpensive Nintendo consoles and cheap Sega titles; consoles are an expensive purchase, and games are no drop in the bucket. In an era where consoles are an investment, not just a whim purchase, consumers want consoles that justify the price; PS3 wins that category hands-down.
To justify an expensive purchase, most people are looking for more than something that is just a money pit of multiple $60 investments in game titles, in addition to the console costs. Consoles play movies, offer downloadable content, function as media centers, and do even more. In a failing economy, $400 isn't a small amount, and everyone can't own every console; choices must be made, and if you're looking for more than a gaming rig, the PS3 takes the cake.