Gaming of the two
Now that you can buy the newest gaming systems without overpaying on eBay, which one deserves your attention?
PlayStation 3 ($499–$599)
Who’s playing it Hard-core gamers. Also, geeks.
What’s inside Eight CPU cores, a Dolby 7.1 sound system, a high-capacity Blu-ray DVD player and the highest HDTV resolution are available. In other words, it has top-of-the-line goods.
Games Mainly racing and sports titles are available now, along with a selection of violent shoot-’em-ups, averaging $59 to $99 each.
Must-buy titleThe Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, an addictive role-playing game
Extras A free PlayStation network offers online games with multiplayer competition.
Cons Obscenely expensive
Bonus Plays PS1 and PS2 games
Who’s playing it Nintendo is targeting parents as well as casual gamers who prefer an affordable gaming system over a powerful one.
What’s inside Dolby Pro Logic II audio and good high-def resolution. A motion-sensitive controller makes gaming a fun, physical endeavor.
Games Look for cute, celebrity-driven titles from names such as SpongeBob SquarePants and Tony Hawk; downloadable games are $5 to $10 each, while standard games cost $50.
Must-buy titleThe Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, the latest addition to Nintendo’s best-selling, decades-old adventure series
Extras Free (yet so-so) online community. Wii Sports, a collection of five sports games (tennis, boxing, bowling, golf and baseball) is bundled with the console.
Cons Games playable over Wi-Fi aren’t available until spring 2007; it doesn’t play DVD movies.
Bonus Plays GameCube games