Okay results of my field study.
Played the Xbox (original today). Graphics were suitably ****e, especially on my 24" but I have to confess that I was drawn to its ease of use. I've been 100% PC for my entire gaming life, and the ease of use (just plug controllers in and click multiplayer) is just not comparable to ****ing about getting LAN setup.
For serious gaming or "decent
" gaming im sticking with my PC. For casualness with other people im going to give consoles a try.