Guitar choice is so subjective. Both these guitars are excellent value for money, and will probably retain a lot of that value years down the line. As you are probably aware, the Epiphone brand is the 'budget' version of the Gibson, so you could also consider the 'budget' version of the Fender- Squier. Both Strat. and Tele offer good value.Don't forget, also, Musicman, an 'offshoot' of Fender. Back to the Epiphones - 335 'copies', like Riviera and Sheraton (I have had one for years and still love it to bits) are superb players for blues ( and, if you get to it later, jazz).
Every player needs to try out all options, so how about going into the shops; trying your mates' guitars; looking at second-hand for sale? Finding and buying a good used guitar will save you hundreds, and the mark-down over the years will be negligible. Who knows, you may be lucky and find a real Gibson or Fender for your sort of money. If it's battered, so what ? Both companies beat up their 'relic' model, and charge a premium for the privilege !
PRS, of course, is the maker who's been around the shortest time, but these guitars are excellent.Maybe they are the most versatile in tone, and maybe playing style, but, like I said, you need to try ALL options before making that decision. Good luck !