Technewsworld: Choosing a video game console means carefully weighing a wide variety of factors. Controller style, available titles, downloadable content and disc format support all come into play -- and don't forget price, of course. Here's what the big three -- the Wii, the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3 -- have to offer.
In the contest to dominate the video gaming landscape, there are three powerful players, each with a magic weapon: Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) Latest News about Microsoft with its Xbox 360 Latest News about Xbox 360, Nintendo Latest News about Nintendo with its Wii Latest News about Wii, and Sony (NYSE: SNE) Latest News about Sony with its PlayStation 3 Latest News about PlayStation 3 (PS3).
Like any great heroes, they each have their strengths and weaknesses, though none, it turns out, has a fatal flaw. For those hapless consumers who haven't already made a choice, the differences between the three consoles offers up a wild list of pros and cons, and it's confusing enough to make any gaming newbie give up and start rolling the dice.
To help, we've broken out the consoles, what's going on in the industry, and the key decision points that can shed light into the deepest doubts of this year's video game console season.