During one fateful autumn weekend, the entire gaming landscape will change. On Friday Nov. 17, Sony unleashes the long-awaited PlayStation 3, a pricey cutting-edge console packed with next-gen features. Then, two days later, Nintendo delivers its innovative Wii, a so-called "new-gen" console that emphasizes creative gameplay over high-end visuals. With two massive launches assaulting the already crazy holiday shopping season, no gamer is safe from these monsters' wallet-destroying impact.
1up is here to help determine whether either of these launches warrants your cash and effort. While these two consoles may initially seem wildly different (the PS3's price tag starts at twice that of the Wii, after all), a few startling similarities put them in direct competition: Both feature free out-of-the-box online access and revolutionary motion-sensing controllers that fundamentally alter how you'll be playing games from here on out. But which launch will have the bigger impact? Which console has a better launch lineup? What about the software outlook for next year and beyond? Is any of this worth camping out overnight for?