Yes, I did want a PS3 and I still do. To say the least I was a big Playstation fanboy. I got an Xbox and I didnt even play it.I gave it to my brothers and let them enjoy Halo. So to say the least, I was less than impressed when the Xbox 360 came out. How blind I was. Enter Gears Of War. This game changed me from being a rabid Playstation Fanboy to a gamer who just really wants to enjoy games. The whole system is leaps and bounds better than the first Xbox. Everything about the 360 screams gaming.
I love the new controllers, although I cant help but think they copied the Playstation controllers a bit too much. That being said Sony did copy the trigger buttons from Xbox. But the transition to the 360 controllers was easy. They feel natural in your hands. The analogue sticks though are miles ahead of the Playstation. When playing shooters they feel much more responsive and are much more accurate.
Graphics are unbelievable. Gears blew me away when I played it, still does today. The textures and colors in the games are unbelievable. Do things appear shiny ?? Yes. So what ?? Does the shiny appearance make things slightly prettier on screen ?? Yes. I like it. It might just be me but I think that the shiny graphics are across the board with almost all games. The clarity on 360 games is awesome. They get a perfect score in the graphics department for me.
Now I do have gripes with the system. It is very noisy. It sounds like a PS2 running a CD game. And that was noisy. D-Pad is just as bad as the first Xbox, which made fighting games terrible. Xbox Live, wonderful. Live Price, not so wonderful. With broadband prices already through the roof in NZ I cant afford to pay an extra NZ$80 per year.
So what made me get a 360 ?? Gears and Price. And to put it into perspective for other people around the world an Arcade Xbox still costs NZ$399, Pro costs NZ$549 and the Playstion 3 costs NZ$799. I still want a PS3, but I wont be trading in my Xbox 360 to get it. Do I regret my purchase ?? No. It is a system to be reckoned with. Microsoft have done a fantastic Job in putting together the 360.