I had tried to post this in the other thread, but it got Wastelanded. Hopefully, this thread will fare better if it's started on a more serious note. The PS3 is losing this war so far, and losing badly. First, 360s are available, and in quantity. There's something like 5 million of them in the world right now, and the supply chain has caught up with consumer demand and you can now walk in to any Best Buy or EBGames and buy one. PS3s in the marketplace: ZERO. Estimated time of arrival: Still unknown, maybe not until next year (in the US). There could easily be 10 million 360s out there by the time the PS3 is even RELEASED, and it'll take a while for the PS3's supply chain to catch up (if it ever does). Second, 360s use proven technology within the console itself, and are leaving the new stuff (like HD-DVD) to appear later as OPTIONAL add-ons. This helped the 360 get out the door more quickly, and keeps costs down as consumers are not forced to buy anything more than the bare minimum. The PS3, on the other hand, incorporates an expensive Blu-Ray drive which, if you believe the rumors, doesn't work quite like it should (i.e., they're still working the bugs out) and which is going to drive up the cost of the console. Not to mention the fact that it's still up in the air as to whether Blu-Ray or HD-DVD will win the format war (or neither). Third, the Xbox 360 is attracting a lot more game talent, especially in Japan, where a couple of popular RPGs are set to be released next week. Sony's edge in software is GONE. Not to mention, the Xbox 360's attach rate to Xbox Live is phenomenally good, at 60%. That's 3 million 360 users playing against each other, downloading games from XBLA, and downloading digital content. Sony has a LOT of work to do to prove they can match this. The only things Sony really has going for it right now are (1) fanboy inertia and (2) we can be reasonably certain that the PS3 will be a powerful and capable console when it's released. Of course, whether it will be BETTER than the 360 is another question. Most of the signs say it will be pretty much the same machine in terms of power and graphics. And then the question for the Sony fanboys will be, "Why'd you wait so long to go next-gen?"