The most important thing you should know about video games and video game systems is that each console system has strengths and weaknesses. In order to know which console fits you the best, it is important to take a look at these strengths and weaknesses to see which of them affects your decision about which game to purchase.
The Nintendo Wii is the most popular modern video game console. Nintendo has been in the video game industry for a very long time, and their latest system's success reflects their ability to determine what the market is really interested in.
The Wii is designed around a simple concept: scale back and refine the hardware, while completely redesigning the user interface from the ground up to be more intuitive, and more immersive. This lead to blockbusters such as Wii Sports, a game which simulates the arm motions of several sports, and is sold inside the box along with every Wii. The Wii has become a great machine for families, while still keeping the longtime fans happy.
Microsoft Xbox 360
The Microsoft Xbox 360 is a high-powered, high-performance video game system which focuses on online multi-player and downloadable distribution. Xbox Live is a subscription service in which gamers can buy new video games via download, play games against each other online, and stream and watch movies in HD. The Xbox 360 has had some stability issues, with a higher than average console failure rate, but most gamers have been forgiving of this issue. The Xbox 360 has the largest library of modern action and adventure video games.
Sony Playstation 3
The Sony Playstation 3 is the most cutting edge video game console on the market, and its price reflects that. The PS3 has had sales troubles since its launch by virtue of its high price. Those who fork over the cash, however, are able to play some of the most advanced video games available. Games such as "Uncharted: Drake's Fortune" and "Metal Gear Solid 4" have really helped the PS3 maintain a great library of exclusive titles. Also, the PS3 includes a Blu-Ray drive, meaning that any Blu-Ray movie disc sold in stores will play on the PS3. As more and more HD televisions appear in homes, this feature will become more and more important to the PS3's success.
The best video game system for you depends on what is important to you. Review the summaries above and decide which fits you the best: The family friendly Wii, the Mainstream Xbox 360, or the high powered Playstation 3.