If a guy wants to play some games, why would you advise him to wait a solid 2 years or even more for the new consoles?
I would suggest buying the XBox 360 slim edition. Hell, you can get a new one for ~130 pounds. Granted, it's a 4gb edition, but it's not THAT bad. You won't be able to install your games in the HDD (which gives you a little extra loading speed) and obviously won't be able to download shit loads of demos, but there's enough space for you to DL one, if needed, and then delete it. For playing, 4gb is imo enough. 250gb costs like 180 pounds, which still I think is cheaper than buying a PS3 (if it matters of course). I got my 250gb edition with 2 wireless controllers and 2 games for ~200 pounds, which was a pretty damn nice price.
Like others have already mentioned, the xbox live is great too.
But I'm an xbox fan boy, so what do you expect..
P.s. offtopic, but what do you guys think, we'll be able to play our 7th gen console games with the new ones?