Originally Posted by Mootsfox
I'd say PC beats out every console in at least terms of power and value. For about $900 you could build a PC that beats out the Xbox360 and the PS3. Even though it's 300-500 more than those consoles, you now have a computer to use to do computery things that a PS3 or Xbox (or Wii) can't do.
Well, I would disagree with that. In terms of power, a $600 ps3 would be no worse than, and probably better that a $900 computer. This is what the ps3 is capable of:
there's no way my x1800xt can produce that good image quality in full 1080p.
I would agree with the computery stuff part though. yes, the ps3 can do some computery stuff like browse the internet, but it doesn't do it nearly as well as a real computer. yes, you can hook a keyboard up to it, but who wants to browse the internet on a tv in their living room?
But people who use ps3 instead of a computer for are still going to have a computer.
Think about it: You could get a cheap computer and a ps3, and you could do both computery stuff and gaming. you would spend less than you would on a comparable gaming computer (think about those crappy $300 dells). The ps3 would last you 5 years until the next wave of consoles come out, and, since you aren't using your computer for gaming, you won't have to upgrade as often.
If you buy a good gaming computer, it would probably cost you more than the ps3 and a cheap computer (you could spend less, but it would be less powerful than the ps3) and you would have to upgrade every 1-2 years to keep up with the technology.
The downside to the ps3 is that, near the end of its cycle, while I wouldn't consider it outdated (because no better consoles will have come out) it will be a lot less powerful than the average gaming PC.
once again, I am not trying to condone one or the other, I am just conveying the facts as I see them.