I'm with ya on every one of your points (except liking 360 games better than ps3 haha, but that's obviously to each his own). I actually had ps1 and skipped ps2/xbox generation (although I've played many ps2 and xbox games). But for the 360/ps3 generation, i was all for 360. But the irresponsibility (and money-hungry.....ness) Microsoft showed with the premature product they put on the line with the 360 was, in my opinion, disgraceful and inexcusable. I lost a lot of respect for the 360 and Microsoft bc of that. Then I looked at the 360 launch game library, and saw graphics (namely Perfect Dark: Zero) that sometimes looked almost worse than ps2/xbox graphics/animations, and this turned me even further away from the 360 (I'm referring to the beginning of the generation - the graphics have come a long way since then). I remember thinking to myself, "Wow, these are next-gen graphics??"
Anyways, PS3 was upcoming, and I since I lost my respect for the 360 I started doing research on the ps3. They were actually promising a true next-gen leap in gaming and game graphics. And also very importantly, my ps3 is still running like new after over 3 yrs bc Sony made sure they put a respectable, and foremost, reliable, product on the line (although arrogantly too expensive) at launch. I like Sony all around for almost all of their products bc of the amount of quality and value they place in each product. I remember one of the first times I really gained respect for Sony was when I bought a dvd player like 7 yrs ago. I went thru like 2 or 3 different dvd players from walmart in a year. All o f them were built crappy, and then broke down ontop of that. Ended up finding a Sony then, and pretty inexpensive if I remember correctly, maybe even less than the others. Got it, and immediately noticed how nice the physical set-up and quality of the machine was. And....it's still running today.
Anyways, like I said, I'm with you 100% on the importance of quality in a product. Microsoft is def very money-hungry. Every company wants profit, but M$ takes it too far sometimes imo.
As for the games...(ps3 exclusives rant ON) Have you ever played Metal Gear Solid 4 (my favorite game of all time, all generations), inFAMOUS (my 3rd favorite game of all time), Resistance: Fall of Man (great game, awesome weapon selection; R2 has awesome online co-op, but that's mainly all I like about the sequel), God of War III (not my type of game, but some pretty amazingly epic moments and a lot of ppl love it), Heavy Rain (had several moments that were the most intense moments I've ever experienced in a game), Demon's Souls (RPG--never played, but ppl go crazy over it, and Gamespot rated it their GoTY 2009), Ratchet and Clank: Tools of Destruction (the newest one, "A Crack in Time" isn't as good as ToD imo, weapons and gameplay wise), LittleBigPlanet 1 & 2 (my buddy, who is an all 360 guy and who likes mainly halo and call of duty, bought a ps3 for LBP 1)? Oh, and I'm sure you know, but a new Syphon Filter, new Twisted Metal, and new Motorstorm game are also coming in the future as exclusives. Also inFAMOUS 2, Resistance 3, Uncharted 3, Agent (Rockstar games ps3 exclusive), Socom 4, The Last Guardian, some good Move games, and Killzone 3 of course. (ps3 exclusives rant OFF)
I'm glad now that I got into the ps3 instead of the 360, bc if I would've bought a 360 I personally would have felt like I wasted my money (don't like halo, fable, splinter cell, etc.). There are very few 360 exclusives that interest me, let alone enough to warrant a purchase. I'm def intrigued by GeoW, but probably would still not buy it if I had a 360. I've always wanted to see the game played in person. Ironically, about 2 yrs ago, I was finally going to get to see GeoW 2 played by my friend's brother. Right when the level loaded, his 360 RRoD'd!! I was so mad, wanted to see Gears so bad!
On the other hand, the main reason I love the ps3 so much is bc they have so many exclusives that I love. Almost all of the 12 or so games I own are ps3 exclusives. But again, that's all personal preference.
I didn't pay attention to XBox at first, but when that Gears of War 1 "Mad World" Comercial first played, I though the mood that game set up was almost like a dream game for me. It also made me feel like the next generation was "now" (At the time). So I waited a few months to see what future PS3/Wii games would be like, and nothing on the PS3 I found interesting. Motorstorm was cool, but I saw that could get boring, and Resistance 1 was meh, and Lair and Heavenly Sword were over-priced half finished projects.
360 had Gears, it had PGR3, it had Lost Planet and Elder Scrolls as exclusives at the time. It had PGR4, Forza 2, Mass Effect, also Halo 3 comming out in 2007, and multiconsoles games like Assassin's Creed, Need for Speed ProStreet and Call of Duty 3 looked better on 360. It was also $200 less, and just a much better bargan at the time. I'll come back to games in a minute.
Sony reliability is good in their TV's and DVD players, but I'm not convinced about Playstation brand consoles. My PS1 and PS2 died about after 6 years of owning them (right before the next gen), and this just reminded me about GM's Planned Obsolesce. However I feel this was just a coincidence, and to be fair my PS1 and PS2 were both first gen, and known to have defective parts. Nintendo is the only real console what's reliable. In my entire lifetime of owning Nintendo consoles (ALL of them except Virtual Boy), I'be only had 1 controller break down on me, and if you ever played Mario Party 1, then you will see that was reasonable. What I've learned is that, Sony is the best, but wait for a second gen console and a price cut.
Also I 100% agree with you about MS being Money hungry. I bought my 360 with an extended warrenty fearing a break down. I had RRoD, I wanted to fix it through Future Shop (same as Best Buy), where my warrenty was purchased, but MS forced retailers to send all RRoD problems to them. Why? So that MS can confirm RRoD problems and keep the failure rate as low as possible. It was also a hasstle dealing with them on the phone because they actually sent me a broken 360 to replace my new one and said the problem must be the game disks (which worked perfectly before and perfectly on my friends console). This bs customer service, ontop of overpriced XBL, without options for shorter term online play (I really only play online during the holidays for about a 4 month period), and poor quality is why I hate MS.
Back to games, I'm not a big fan of the PS3 exclusives. PS2 and PS1 had a lot better exclusives, I think this gen, a lot of the star titles went multiplatform, and I just prefer 360 games. I'm not a fan of MGS, and I honestly gave the franchise a try, I beat MGS2 for PS2, and MGS1 for Gamecube. It just has too many cinematics (beat MGS2 on my second playthrough in 2.5 hours by skipping all cinematics). Resistance is fun, but it's nothing special. God of War, well I prefer Devil May Cry, and I'm not a big fan of action games. Heavy Rain, amazing game, but Alan Wake is just as long, and just as good. Demon's Souls is a great RPG, but I think Lost Odyssey was a bit better, more traditional, and that's how I like my JRPG's. Ratchet and Clank, LBP, I only like Nintendo platformers. I've tried these games, I just can't get into them. Syphon Filter for PS2 was fun, but not that different fron Splinter Cell. Twisted Metal on PS3 looks half assed (why do entire buildings fall down when you only shoot the corner?)
InFamous, Demon's Souls, Uncharted 2 (and likely 3, but not 1), The Last Guardian, and GT5 are all awesome games, and there are a few other great ones I could mention. Tales of Graces, Disgaea 3, FFXIII Versus, Valkyria Chronicles, the Motorstorm franchise, and Folklore. All great games I have, or plan to get when they are released.
But to me, I still prefer 360 games. Forza3 > GT5 (and I own ALL Forzas and ALL GT's), Halo > Killzone/Resistance, Gears > Uncharted, Lost Odyssey > Demon Souls, and like I said I'm a fan of racing games and RPG's. 360 just has more. Mass Effect is a better experience on 360 then PS3, and for a long time was an exclusive franchise, Tales of Vesperia, Magna Carta 2, Infinite Undiscovery, The Last Remnant, Too Human (one of my favorite games this gen), Blue Dragon, and timed exclusives (which are cheaper used on the 360) like Star Ocean, Elder Scrolls 4, and Mass Effect 2, all great 360 only, or timed 360 only games. Also racing games, PS3 really only has GT5, and that just came out. I have put in about 60 hours into Forza 2, 40 hours into Forza 3, and about 20 hours into PGR3 and 4 each. Test Drive Unlimited 1 was also a fun as hell racing game, and filled in my need for street racing when NFS went to shit.
It's nice to see that your happy with owning a PS3, and not one of the many people here trying to convince me PS3 is better. Everyone has their own personal tastes. I just went over why PS3 exclusives just aren't for me, but 360 exclusives are. I'm not a fan of Fable either, and I didn't like Splinter Cell until I played Conviction and loved it (got the same reviews as GoW3). However PS3 just didn't have a good lineup for me until Uncharted 2 came out, and even now I think it's exclusive RPG and Racing game lineup isn't enough for me.
However if I were to buy a console now, I would go PS3, and maybe get an Arcade 360 on boxing day/black friday (last year I saw arcade models for $130!). GT5 is out, Uncharted is awesome, and there are already a lot of JRPG's to catch up on.
Thats one thing I will miss from the PS2. It had tons of quality racing games and RPGs. Now everything is becoming shooters.
P.S. I mentioned a lot of Playstations old exclusives went multiplatform right? Well I want to add that, a lot of my favorite games are multiplatform games. GTA IV, Resident Evil 5, Fallout 3, Vanqish, Dead Space, Assassin's Creed, and NFS are all multiplatform right? I don't see that much of a difference between PS3 and 360, but if Gears of War is not MS exclusive next gen, it's almost certain I'll get a PS4 early.
P.P.S. If you had to list your favorite current gen games, what would they be? Include games you think you would like too if you had a 360, or a Wii even.
Mine are (in alp order cause I can't decide which is best): Fallout 3, Forza Motorsport 2&3, Gears of War 1&2, GT5, Lost Odyssey, Mario Kart Wii, Mass Effect 1&2, Metroid Prime 3, Super Smash Bros Brawl, Too Human, Uncharted 2 - As you see: 7 360 games, 3 Wii games, 2 PS3 games, 2 Multi Console.
360 just has a good selection of RPG's (expecially JRPG's), Racing games, and Sci-Fi shooters. So even though MS is garbage, I love the games