To the bemusement and objections of many, Sony chose to include a Blu-ray optical drive on the PlayStation 3 at a time when the format was largely unproven. That gamble has since paid off: these days, most Australian households have an HD TV, and the extra storage space of BD discs has allowed developers to squeeze more content into their games. The superior resolution of Blu-ray media also means games can be outputted natively at 1080p.
After a brief foray into the short-lived HD DVD format, Microsoft has decided to stick to regular DVDs. While this doesn't make a huge difference to graphics or loading/access times, it does mean that some games need to be spread over multiple discs to make everything fit. Depending on how lazy you are (or how well you look after your discs), this can be frustrating.
Verdict: PlayStation 3.
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