Digital Spy writes, "With Christmas edging closer, those of you considering a next-generation games console may well need some help before you make that illustrious decision. And that's where DS comes in, with a fully featured guide to the three main consoles on the market."
"Over the next three days, we are going to take a look at each individual system, examining their good and bad points, what gamers can expect from the machine, the best Christmas games for the system and to round things off, we also mention some of the deals currently on offer by the major high street stores."
The Xbox 360 is the most well established of all the next-generation consoles and, therefore, it has the largest range of games on offer. Its wireless controller works well and its online service is unrivalled. There's also the optional HD-DVD drive allowing movie fans to watch films in HD quality, while the range of consoles on offer means there's one to suit all pockets and tastes.
The Xbox 360 has suffered from technical problems, gaining a reputation for poor reliability and high failure rates, forcing Microsoft to extend its warranty to three years to cover consumer woes.
Since September, however, the firm has equipped all new consoles with the Falcon motherboard, featuring a revised design that contains the new 65nm central processor and cooling system. Microsoft claims this update will ensure hardware failures are a thing of the past.
For those with a broadband connection, Xbox Live is free for silver members, but costs £39.99 a year to subscribe to the gold service, giving users full access to online play and downloadable new content such as trailers, demos of forthcoming games etc.
Up to Spring 2007, worldwide sales stood at 13.4 million units. Following the release of Halo 3 in North America, sales of the console really took, selling 528,000 units in September compared to 501,000 Nintendo Wii's during the same period.
Top Christmas Games
BioShock, Halo 3, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Assassin's Creed, Need for Speed: Prostreet, FIFA 08, Mass Effect and Half-Life 2: The Orange Box.