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well dude to help you ill tell you more about the two consoles.
A ps3 is more of a single player deal. even though it has great games they are not as good online. so like you say playing uncharted 2 may sound awesome for him but thats just a game to sit an beat yourself. now play station has great images and the system id quiet easy to handle. it has build-in wifi which helps alot and the blu-ray player its an awesome advantage, the games are longer due to the capacity of the disks. in my opinion i dont like big controlers which is another advantage of the play station. now online gaming is not bad but is not the greatest, yes its a free suscription but is not as big as the xbox live, now talink about the 360 is a good console, its a good online gaming console. the only way to not get the disk all ruin is by landing the console horizontal. my friends and i have prove that when you stand the console and the console gets move just a little it causes the eye to burn the cd which gives the cd the so call "burn ring" which ruin the whole cd, now for the ring of the death in the system it happens and there is nothing i know that helps prevent it other then playing for few hours turning it off for an hour and turning back on and keep playing but if it happens microsoft will work on it so idk its your choice man
if an online system is what your looking i will totally go for the xbox 360 but if what you want is a good long one home system go for the play station 3