I’ll start by saying I owned a 360, and moved on to a PS3, for reasons I’ll list at the bottom.
**I would like to know about how reliable online gaming is on both consoles.
The 360 has a much better online experience, which NOUNE will, I’m sure, go into detail about. However, it’s free on the PS3, versus ~$40 on the 360.
**If both are wireless capable.
Capable? Yes. Out of the box? No. Only the PS3 has built-in WiFi. It’ll cost you $50-80 (depending on your willingness to experiment with modding a router) for a 360.
I don’t need to know about exclusives games for the system.
Really? Exclusives are, in my opinion, a very important part of the equation that only you can decide on.
My main reasons for switching to a PS3:
Bluray. This was huge for me. I love movies, and I have a 47" screen to watch them on. I can also take advantage of the full 7.1 HD soundtracks that only bluray offers (“only” meaning “let’s not talk about HDDVD”).
**Free online play. **I’m not a big online player. But on the very rare occasion, I don’t mind a slightly inferior experience. And I can’t tell the difference, because I was never willing to spend the money to go online with a 360.
**Media streaming. ** Yes, the 360 does a pretty good job. But the PS3 is an absolute workhorse in this department. And now the 360 can’t even boast about Netflix streaming, which PS3 just got last week.
Did I mention bluray? It’s amazing.
Some other differences:
Controller. I will admit that I miss the 360 controller. It has a little more heft to it, and fits my hands better. Sony is clearly focused on an asian market when they design their hardware peripherals.
XBLE v. PSN.** Not just online gaming. Both have somewhat different games on sale as well. It’s also kind of a toss-up, but I’d casually say that lately they’ve been doing a better job. I think there was more free DLC for a recent game that Sony offered that MS didn’t. Something to look into.