QUOTE(Devedander @ Dec 10 2008, 09:46 AM)
And I am not trying to debate which system is better, I am just wondering aloud why when comparing the two systems certain values are routinely left out.
The bottom line is cost. the PS3 is higher cost for more included features. MS have left it to the consumers to decide if they need a particular feature or not and then pay the extra. Sort of customisable system.
Sony have taken a risk that people will pay for features as standard. In this present economic climate it may well not be the case.
sony thinks i will accept any service called free online multiplayer, but in order to enjoy it fully on day 1 i must remember to purchase a headset that costs almost as much as 1 year of xbl gold.
XBL must be cheap. You can get a headset for £4.99. The offcial one for £17.99.
There will always be things like this. For someone living a concrete floor above their router they must remember to buy the wireless adapter for the 360 to enjoy it from day one and to purchase a gold card.
The PS3 needs a HDMI cable for HI DEF... not in the box.
You can quote stuff like this forever. Both systems have additions that some people will see as a necessary add on. Just that the Xbox 360 does less out of the box but the balance is it is way cheaper.
I would say cheap enough to buy as an addition to whatever console you already have.
I think both systems have some great features. The Media Centre features alone are excellent. I think the 360 should have had HD-DVD built in. I would have gladly paid more for it, but many would not.