Ok, so I have gotten extremely tired of people complaining about the price of a PS3 and compare it to the Xbox 360 so I have decided to point out a side by side comparison between the two consoles. All prices based off of Best Buy retail prices.
Xbox 360 Playstation 3
console package: $349.99 (20 GB) console package: $499.99 (60 GB)
HD DVD player: $179.99 included Blu-Ray: free
Wireless Network adapter: $99.99 Wireless Network adapter: included
Xbox Live Subscription: $49.99 (12 months) PSN subscription: free
total: $679.96 (1 yr. of online service) total: $499.99 (free online service)
For an additional Hard Drive for a 360, you can buy a 120 GB add on HD for $159.99. So to equlibrate, lets say you "could potentially" buy an additional 40 GB HD for half that, making it $53.33. Then the totals become:
total: $733.29 total: $499.99
So for every year you own your Xbox 360, cough up another $50 if you want to play online. Comparing the two systems in my mind is absolutely ridiculous. On one hand we have an old peice of hardware with a huge track record for malfunctions and returns (ie red ring of death) and on the other hand we have new hardware, less then 1% return rate with nothing but great games coming out. How can people compare the two systems and better yet, how come people keep getting suckered into buying a 360? It just doesnt make sense to me. Yes Halo is a great game but is one game worth all that additional money? People always ask how come I went with the more expensive system, I tell them flat out, I didnt, I went with the cheaper system with better components. I mean the PS3 has 120 times more memory then the Xbox 360 without purchasing yet another expensive add on to the system, the PS3 has a built in Blu-ray player where as you have to purchase another expensive add on HD DVD player for the 360 and the best of all, PS3 has free online service where as the 360 makes you pay at leat $50 a year to play. Imagine owning a 360 system for 10 years...thats $500 dollars just in paying to play. That is alot of money that you could have used on games or movies. I would love to post this on the actual PS3 tab but I fear there are too many 360 fanboys out there and it wouldnt get published.