My husband and I are looking to get a new gaming system I'm thinking that this would be the best for our needs but I'd like some other opinions based on how we would plan to use it. 1) We are not "gamers". We like survival horror and my husband likes an RPG now and then. I like the occasional war game, like Call of Duty.
2) We currently use our wii to stream Netflix but the interface sucks. Does this also stream Hulu? And I know that the PS3 doesn't charge a subscription fee but does the xbox charge for just accessing things like Netflix?
3) It would replace our DVD player.
4) It's true that it won't play PS2 games? I wanted to play Silent Hill 3 again. Our PS2 doesn't work well with our Sony Bravia TV. The dark areas just drop off to black and we can't see anything.
Between the 360 and PS3 I'd have to say that the PS3 is the better overall choice, simply because the Sony unit offers more when it comes to extra media options beyond games. The PS3 can handle Blu-ray discs while Microsoft has been reluctant to add the capability into the 360 (they have to PAY Sony a licensing fee for the privilege). In terms of Netflix and Hulu (HuluPlus on the 360, whatever that means), on the 360 you do have to be an Xbox Live Gold member so yes, there's that additional monthly or annual fee to deal with.
In terms of games, they are basically equal in my eyes. I have both and use them both, though I probably use my 360 a bit more. The PS3 offers a few more exclusive game titles; Sony still is willing to pay developers for that exclusivity while Microsoft seems quite content to allow many of their once exclusive titles to branch over to other platforms. Today's PS3s ARE NOT backwards compatible with older PS2 games; only the earliest, now discontinued first-generation PS3s like the one I own have this capability.
The PS3 streams Netflix for free, and for the 360 you have to have Xbox Live membership. Also, for streaming Hulu, you can just go into the browser on your PS3 and go to hulu.com and watch it like you would on a computer.