Me and my husband are what you would call "Hardcore Gamers".
I use to have an XBOX 360, but I got rid of it and got a PS3 instead.
The thing about Xbox is if you want to play games online or watch netflix you have to have a Gold membership which costs about 50 dollars a year per account. With the PS3 it's all free, the online gaming and you can stream netflix with no cost, not to mention it is also a blu-ray player. The only reason I would get a Xbox again is for the Kinect and Halo (which is only on Xbox). I'm also not sure about the newer Xbox 360 models but the older ones would overheat and crap out on you. I haven't had any problems with the PS3.
Now as controllers go, you should get one with the console when you buy it. Other then that, if you want the good controllers they are going to cost you about 55 dollars each. You can go for cheaper ones (personally aren't very good) for about 20-30 dollars. New games a usually between 50-60 dollars. I recommend going to GameStop and getting used games for cheaper. Gamestop also sells used controllers, etc.
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