Originally Posted by Cameron-Moss
I'd choose the 360, if your going live. It costs, but is not as laggy (slow)
Or the PS3 is free, but exetremely laggy I here.
I've used both online (GH3 on both PS3 and 360, as well as multiple other games from both consoles including Resistance and Halo 3.) and there was no difference in speed of play. Both times I was using the same connection, though admittedly we do have a ADSL2+ connection so it's goes at quite a rate.
XBL is good but as you said, it does cost, and whilst it may not seem to expensive it does add up quickly if you want to get a few things. The PS3 online is free and seems to run well, plus it has better downloadable content IMO, with things like PS1 ISO's and such to play on your PS3, which is cool.
If you enjoy console shooting games then the 360 is definately your best bet. The main thing about the 360 that detracts gamers from the machine, apart from the obvious hardware flaws, is that there are very few exclusive titles. Most of the top selling titles on the 360 are multi-platform (COD, Assassin's Creed and Burnout, for example), obviously there's Halo and now they've got the Devil May Cry series so they're slowly getting better.
The PS3 has more exclusives, but the depth of quality gaming experiences is lacking at the moment. There's not so many must-have titles, and even then, most of the must-have's are the multi-platforms at the moment. The big franchise titles that were supposed to shoot the PS3 to the top like LAIR seem to have flopped. Sony seem to be relying on their big 4, Metal Gear Solid 4, Gran Turismo 5, God of War 3 and Final Fantasy 13 to save them from their hole at the moment.
It depends on what type of gamer you are. If you're a hardcore gamer who enjoys obscure japanese RPG franchises and the like I'd recommend getting a PS3, if you're just a casual who enjoys playing a round of Halo with his mates and killing hookers in Grand Theft Auto then get a 360.