If you want WLAN, HDMI, a HD player a hard-disc, a rechargeable controller for your 360 the PS3 is cheaper. Yes you cannot get a cheaper bare-bone system. That's true.
"constantly changing SKUs/prices"
Xbox Arcade, Xbox Elite, Xbox without HD, xbox with hd, some with falcon chip, some without. Your fanboy love must make you blind, at least ALL PS3 SKUs are equally well suited to play PS3 games. Thats a bit different for the 360.
"arrogance to believe that people would buy their system at any price with any features just cuz PS2 dominated"
I thought you had no emotions in it. It's true, you do not have to buy one if it is too expensive for you or if the added features are not worth it for you. But the features are still great and the price is going down.
", relentless PR spin on worthless "facts", etc etc etc."
Completely unlike MS. "No we have no hardware failure problems..."
First off, my 360 came with HDMI, 2 free games, and a headset for $349. Secondly, the PS3 had more changes in 1 year than the 360 had in 2 years so that argument you give is moot. Thirdly, that comment had nothing to do with emotions, it has to do with them trying to charge too much money for a "gaming" machine. Oh, and I can afford ANYTHING I want. I spent $1600 on a PC I built myself, a $1000 on 360 and extras, $1000 on Wii and extras, $1000 on a SONY HD TV, $600 on a PSP and extras in the LAST 6 MONTHS...