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For those who see tl;dr, I'll sum it up here on the top. TV and Xbox360, upgrade my PC, or TV and PS3?
So, in early 2008 I was forced to sell my Xbox360 and all my games to make ends meet. I've had a pretty standard desktop computer the whole time and have been playing some low end games since then. My financial situation has improved since then, dramatically, and I'm trying to decide between a few different options.
Option A. I can upgrade my computer with a few hardware tweaks, looking to stay under $1000. I have access to digital downloads and a large library of games that I already own. This option may give me the most immediate access to fun gaming, but it is a very solo-oriented gaming experience. I can't exactly sit the girlfriend down on my lap while I plow through Modern Warfare 2 for a multiplayer experience.
Option B. I can buy a new Xbox360, a television, and some games. My games library would be smaller and more expensive. I would need to rearrange the furniture to accommodate the gaming setup in my tiny apartment. There could be some other expenses involved, such as an Xbox live subscription. I would have the ability to play with other people online and in the apartment. Most of my friends are Xbox owners, so that would be a more socially stimulating platform.
Option C. Playstation 3. I would have to buy all new accessories, games, and will have exposed myself to the high priced world of blueray players. This is the option I'm least sure of, but it is on the table.