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If you are a serious console gamer, then you are most likely to choose between these Goliath's of the video game industry. For years, even before either of these were released, biter squabbles raged over which was better, or which had the best games. Today, several years after the release of both, people can't help but discuss which they prefer. I know people that couldn't decide between them, so their answer was to just buy both! But for most people, that is a luxury that they can't afford, bringing us neatly back to our age old squabble, which is better, Sony's PS3 or Microsoft's Xbox 360? In the following article we will try to compare them in several different categories, whilst trying to remain unbiased. But ultimately only you know which you prefer, so which do you think? So your stuck, you want to buy a games console but you're stuck between buying a PS3 or a Xbox 360. Well let's look at them under certain categories. Price Money! Usually the main reason why people choose between the two. The price of both consoles has fluctuated over the years since each came out. Though this has been made a bit more complicated by the fact that you can buy different versions of each, which contain a differing size of hard drives. Currently here are the versions that you can buy for an approximate price at today's prices; PS3 160GB..............Â£196-230. ($318-374). (Â€230-270) 320GB..............Â£240-270. ($390-440). (Â€282-318) Xbox 360 4GB.................Â£120-180. ($195-292). (Â€141-212) 250GB.............Â£160-190. ($260-310). (Â€188-223) Prices obviously vary from shop to shop, and currency to currency, and you can buy console bundles with certain games included for slightly more. My advice would be to shop around and find the best price/bundle for you! But what are you paying for?
Graphics This category is pretty important if your a gamer, and these two next generation consoles don't disappoint. Both offer amazing graphics, often leaving you awestruck at some of the fine detail that you can see in game. But which console has better graphics than the other? Well fanboys from each side will claim that theirs is the best performing. Sony has often been credited as having more superior graphical output, but that is unfortunately not true! But before the 360 fans cheer, neither has the Xbox360. It's pretty much a dead heat in this category. Games developers will testify that the XBox 360's Xenos GPU has more computing power than the PS3's RSX GPU, so therefore it should offer slightly better graphics, but the difference is hardly noticeable and is often affected by other factors. These include the TV that you are playing on and simply the quality of the game that you are playing. Despite original misconceptions, both consoles tie in this category. Media So apart from the obvious games that you can buy and play for the named console, what else can you do with it? Well let's look at each console separately; PS3 Media The PS3 offers backwards compatibility with both PSX and PS2 games, allowing gamers to play their old games. The PS3 supports Blu-Ray and DVD, which means that the console can double as a Blu-Ray player allowing you to watch films in full high-definition. You can also listen to your music by playing you're CDs on it. Due to the massive amount of hard drive space available, music, films, photos, etc can all be uploaded and stored for later viewing. The PS3 is online and has an integrated browser, so as long as you have access to broadband connection, you can surf away on most websites on you're tele. And if you own a PSP, it has an interconnectivity feature allowing you to download/upload between the two. Xbox 360 Media Well, maybe I should have written about this one first! Additional media isn't the 360's strongest selling point. You can play old Xbox games on the new Xbox 360, but you have to save them to the internal hard drive, which means that you can't just insert the disk and play, as it is not compatible. You can play your CDs on it. When the 360 was originally released, the whole BluRay vs HD DVD was going on, and the 360 plumped for the later. It was a gamble that didn't pay off for them since Blu-Ray won, therefore you can't watch blu-ray films on your 360. But, is that really so much of a problem? You can still watch DVDs on it and the switch over from DVD to BluRay is pretty slow, whilst a blu-Ray film is currently considerably more expensive. The 360 is online but doesn't have an unbuilt browser. It does allow you to chat with your mates on MSN though. In summary, the PS3 wins hands down in this category. Yes, the PS3 is more expensive, but you get a lot more for your money. You could say that when you buy a PS3, you're getting a free BluRay player included. But then again, if you are just interested in playing games, then maybe the 360 is better for you!
War on the Nintendo Wii Well the Nintendo Wii was a huge hit that took both Sony and Microsoft a bit off guard. This year is the year of the fight back. The PS3 is launching it's counter with it's new "Move" controller, whilst the Xbox 360 has released the "Kinect". Both offer different solutions and possible developments for unique games. The "Move" looks basically like a neon microphone that is tracked by the "PlayStation Eye", calculating where it is and translating that movement into the game you are playing. This could be used as anything from a sword to a tennis racket. But if we are honest, it is basically just a trackable Wii controller. The "Kinect" is an additional box that will sit on top of you're tele and acts as a replacement to a conventional controller. It works by using a camera so the user can interact with the 360 by using gestures and sounds to play the game. Again if we are honest, this is basically a "PlayStation Eye". Microsoft's counter to the Wii is to copy the "Eye"! A lot of people have had negative comments to the Kinect, mainly because of the restrictions that are put upon the user. The user can't sit down, has to be in a well lit room with enough room to be stood at least 6ft from the screen. So, the PS3s "Move" offers a better alternative to the Wii. This will allow developers to create more Wii like games for the PS3. The "Kinect" allows the user to stand in their living room and flap around like a idiot, all for 100! Online Gaming No longer is online gaming solely just for PC gamers. Both of these consoles offer online play for a variety of different games. Just add your friends to your friend list and you can chat and play against them. Both consoles offer the very addictive achievement function, now that Sony followed in Microsoft's footsteps, which allows you to unlock medals/badges by completing certain tasks in game. These achievements are recorded on your online profile and can be showed off to your friends. The quality of playing online can be a talking point. The PS3 has a reputation for being a bit buggy online, whilst the Xbox 360 has had much better feedback on it's online gaming. Both Sony and Microsoft offer an online shop, accessible through the consoles interface, to allow games to be downloaded. This also includes other content, including films, game demos, tv shows, themes, wallpaper, photos, comics and much more. The PlayStation Network Store and the XBOX Live Arcade both offer a wide selection to their online content, with an increasing amount of indie games like Braid and PixelJunk. The XBLA tends to offer more classic games to download than the odd PS1 game that the PSN puts up, which is annoying if you like some of the classics of the 90s era. This does seem to be changing slowly, with Sony putting more up every month. To summarise, the Xbox 360 wins this category. It less buggy online play and it's better back catalogue of games on the XBLA puts it marginally ahead of the PS3.
Games The most important category of them all! After all you are paying for a console to play games on, so what games are you going to play. More and more games are being produced to be played on both consoles, so the only way to analyse this category is to look at the console exclusive games. PlayStation 3 Exclusives - 2011 - Little Big Planet 2 - Killzone 3 - Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception - Resistance 3 - Infamous 2 - SOCOM 4 - Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One - Yakuza 4 - Twisted Metal - NinoKuni - Sorcery (Move) - Jouney - PlayStation Move Heroes (Move) - Ape Escape - MLB 11: The Show - Ico/Shadow of Colossus Collection - The Last Guardian And rumored, such as: Final Fantasy Versus XIII Agent Starhawk Syphon Filter Xbox 360 Exclusives - 2011 - Gears of War 3 - XCOM - Kingdoms - Forza Motorsports 4 - StarWars Kinect (Kinect Game) - Rise of Nightmares (Kinect Game) - Codename D (Kinect Game) - Project Draco - Steal Battalion: Heavy Armor (Kinect Game) - The Secret World - Haunt - Possible
- Perfect Dark - Project Gotham Racing 5 - Mechwarrior 5 - Nuclear Dawn You don't need to be a veteran analyst to conceive from this list that decide PlayStation 3 is the clear winner out of the two. It's a bit disappointing to see Microsoft opting for more Kinect based casual titles than giving something hardcore to the Xbox 360 community. As for PlayStation 3, it doesn't get any better. Conclusion If this article had been written a couple of years ago, the Xbox 360 would have won. But the PS3 looks set to be king of 2011. It is more expensive, but you get a lot more for you're money and the upcoming game releases for this year are so much better. You won't be disappointed with the 360 as it's a great console, but the PS3 has matured and gotten better.
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