4 Tired of the fanboy reviews? Try this one!sharkboy66 | 26/08/2007 | See all sharkboy66's reviews (2)Top 100 Electronics Reviewer Isn't it time we had a review that isn't along the lines of "360 RULEZ!! PS3 SUX!!" or vice versa? Here's my attempt, as an owner of an original x-box, a 360 Elite and a PS3.First up, to the poster complaining about blu-ray's quality - either get a better display in your shop or get your eyes tested! Blu-ray in 1080p is simply stunning, as is HD-DVD.Now, down to the important matters - how does it compare with the standard 360 and the PS3? We'll look at the 360 first. First up, let's dispel some myths. The Elite isn't 360 v2.0- it's what the 360 v1.0 should have been, if Microsoft hadn't been in such a flap to get it out first. I love the increased storage, and it looks cool as in black. The HDMI output is long overdue and it runs smooth and sweet. And personally, I'd rather have the heat sink improvements than a noisy fan peripheral any day. But, apart from that, is it any different to the 360? In a word, no. If you've got a 1080p TV and absolutely must have the bigger storage and the fancy black case to fit in with your home entertainment set-up, then fine, go for it. If your TV is not 1080p compatible, you'll see very little difference in picture quality between this and the standard 360. So, if you're new to 360s (like I was) this is a highly recommended piece of kit. If you're just looking an upgrade, wait until they become available for your existing machine (though how can Microsoft justify £120 for a 120GB drive that retails for about £30, just because they put it in a fancy caddy?)Now on to the PS3-v-360 debate that gets so tiring in the hands of the tribes. There's no straight forward answer which console is better without looking at what else they offer (360 has a much bigger range of games, but PS3's online play is subscription-free; 360's online service is well established while PS3's is still finding its feet...etc, etc). At the end of the day, it's a personal choice but for me its one based on facts and not to a blind loyalty to one of the two biggest corporations in the world (so much for teenage rebellion, eh? In my day, we'd rebel against them rather than cling to the coat-tails of a multi-national business! :) How times change...) Physically, the Elite has the edge for me - it just looks better and I prefer the controller, but I for one prefer the extra options offered by the PS3's wifi and blu-ray player (which is a mighty fine piece of kit in its own right).If you're coming to this trying to decide what next-gen console to buy, then let the facts inform you. If you need wifi, a hi-def player and aren't too happy about having to pay to play against your pals, then go for the PS3 (to get these functions for your 360 will cost you about another £200). If you're after a bigger range of games, need a lot of storage and want a well-established online service then the Elite may be for you.As a games machine, is it better than the PS3? No, but at least now it's equally as good. But as the centre of a multimedia setup, it's still lagging behind Sony's offering (though it does offer a more user-friendly interface). Avoid the fanboys and look at the facts - Microsoft have released one heck of a games machine, but it still feels like they're playing catch-up.