Some friends and I were recently on a vacation which pretty much devolved into staying up until 3am each night drinking and playing Rock Band and Guitar Hero. So I’m kicking around the idea of getting a console system, either an XBox 360 or a PS3. Any thoughts/recommendations/words o’ wisdom?
This will be getting plugged into my home theatre - big screen TV via HDMI and pipe the sound through my a/v receiver. I imagine that the first game I’d buy would be something like Rock Band 2 or Guitar Hero World Tour; I have phases of lots of gaming every so often and that’s always been on my PC. I favor first-person shooters - I just like to blow stuff up So availability of other games for the console is a factor but not necessarily the critical one.
Pluses and minuses I’m aware of:
Blu-Ray DVD player. Not a critical thing but certainly would be nice.
Has optical digital output. This is nice since my receiver isn’t an a/v switch, I can run digital sound to the receiver and video to the TV via separate HDMI cable (I don’t use the TV speakers).
Built-in wireless. My living room is far from my broadband router, wireless would be handy.
Looks like there are more games available in general, including the MS titles (Gears Of War, Halo 2/3, etc) that I assume will never come out for a competing console.
Cheaper…but missing the big hard drive, wireless, optical audio out, etc.
What do the Teeming Millions think, any deal-breakers that you’re aware of with one or the other?