The PS3, it has a reputation of being too expensive, and not worth the money. but this is all a missconception because what your getting is worth the price tag and is actually cheaper than the rivals price.
Blu Ray - this is the format that PS3 has chosen, and is built into the system so straight out of the box you have a Blu Ray player. PS3's rivals the XBOX 360 alow you to play HDDVD movies but that will cost you an extra £109 - £120 depending on where you buy it and when you purchased it.
Wireless - The network is a promanent feature of the PS3 and as most people know carting a wire all the way to your router can be a pain. no worrys with the PS3 who have the wireless network adapter built into the system. there rivals will charge you an extra £54.99 - £60 for the adapter.
those 2 seperate upgrades bump the price tag of the 360 above the PS3 including back at launch. *FACT* it would cost you about £18 - £30 more for the X-Box 360 Arcade model witha wireless adapter and HDDVD drive than a PS3 premium on Play.com. and bare in mind the Arcade X-box dose not have a hard drive attatched. thats another £50 - 60. the 360 Elite works out at nearly £465 if you buy it now with the extras that ps3 have as standard.
The playstation network is of course free of charge while the rivals have a subscription charge for pretty much the same service. on the PSN you can download Games, Demos, Trailers, Arcade Classics such as Mortal Kombat 2, classic PS1 titles such as wipeout. and not forgetting playing your games online including you PSN compatible ps2 games. you can voice chat and send instant messages to your friends and of course browse the internet.
Media server functions and updates. this allows you to stream music, Videos, and Photos from your PC to your PS3 without wasting your PS3 harddrive space. handy. not only that but with your PSP you can turn your PS3 on from anywhere in the world with a wireless network point and stream the videos music and photos from your ps3 to your psp. the updates allow these features to be added because at launch allot of those features did not exist.
GAMES! not only are we getting some of the best gaming exclusives ever to be made, but Playstation have a back catalouge that is playable on the PS3. Apparently this feature is not perfect but every game i have put into my ps3 from the ps2 and ps1 collection have worked perfectly.
People say the PS3 game collection is small. i say this is normal for a new console, X-Box 360 had no worthy titles untill there second year and PS3 is still a baby with only 8 months to its name. and the titles lined up are looking amazing. Metal Gear 4, Tekken 6, Final Fantasy XIII, Metal Gear ONLINE!, Time Crisis 4, New Wipeouts, motorstorm 2, and of course HOME. these are just a hand ful of exclusives coming out for the PS3. but untill then we have fantastic titles such as WARHAWK to tie us over. and dont forget the many titles that are avalible on the ps3 such as Guitar Hero 3 etc etc.
All in all the PS3 wipes the floor of the compotition, with exclusive games to make your mouth druel.
rumor has it that if you dont have an HDTV you cant enjoy the ps3 in all its glory, this is not true and the graphics are a clear jump forward from the ps2 days. the fact is that yes it is a HD console. but just like the 360 looks great on a normal TV.
Price 5/5 cheaper than the rivals with same features.
Network 5/5 free and works the same if not better than rivals
Games 4/5 only 1 mark lost because most the great games are not out yet but that was the same in the first year for any console.
Updates 5/5 constantly improving the system with new features.
overall 5/5 because the games are coming.