Just my 2p (and all my own opinion of course). If you don't have any consoles, buy a PS2. Its the safe bet, already has some great games, developers getting to grips with the machine now, it'll still be the market leader at the end of this generation so support is guaranteed. If you already have a PS2, then I'd recommend a Gamecube. Its cheap, and the price isn't likely to drop short term by a large amount. It will be the only host to some fantastic Nintendo games, and it should complement the PS2's lineup nicely. Xbox will be nice, but the high price means at least a £70-£100 price drop by Christmas, and its not going anywhere yet.