Xbox 360 is a very good buy and is better than the ps3 (its best to buy the 250 GB) yeah you don't get free live, but who cares? You can get half off by buying a 60$ for a year plus it's the biggest gaming network. I definitely recommend the Xbox 360 250GB - Asker Guy :D
Well I like ps3 cuz there many things you can use it for beside games and there real simple to use too. Also, online is free. I don't play that many games though so if your a huge game nerd then I'm not sure about all the technical stuff they have to offer.