Ars Technica writes, "The holiday season is always an exciting time for gamers. This is the time of year when the best games are lining store shelves in mass quantities, the console manufacturers are putting together the best hardware deals of the year, and all the guns are ablaze in the glorious console war. This year in particular is special, though, as both the PlayStation 3 and Wii are two years old this month, and the Xbox 360 is about to undergo a substantial refresh.
All three of the consoles have changed quite a bit since their respective launches. More functionality is crammed into each one of these boxes than ever before-and at lower prices, to boot. So what exactly are you getting beyond the bullet points on the back of the box? Let's take a look at where the three consoles stand feature-wise this holiday."