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PS3 v.s. XBOX 360

The mother load of all epic battles, the PS3 v.s. the Xbox 360. A lot of hype about these two systems has swept the nation. But, it’s not the games, nor the features that have everybody talking. It’s WHO WILL SELL BETTER. With the release of Halo 3 on the 360, it’ll be quite difficult for Sony to bounce back. Although the Halo franchise has built up ENORMOUS sales since its debut in November of 2001, it’s still just a shooter containing all the features of those that came both before, and after it. Yes, the story line is fantastic, but can it hold the 360 up on its shoulders alone, against the onslaught of the new games PS3 will soon to be releasing? In features alone, the PS3 BLOWS the 360 away. With its sleek design, Blu-ray compatibility, and FREE online multi-player gaming, Xbox just doesn’t stand a chance. Yes, the 360 has made more sales so far, but the real question is, how long can they keep it up? The only reason why more people have been buying the 360, rather then the PS3, is because of the price difference, and the game selection. One thing that PS3 haters don’t realize, is the fact that Sony has always been on top. They have better game licenses, and have MANY more, extremely successful gaming franchises than Microsoft. What does Microsoft have? Halo 3. And that’s about it. Let’s count all the successful franchises Sony has:

  • Ratchet and Clank
  • Grand Theft Auto
  • Final Fantasy (HUGE!)
  • Jak and Daxter
  • God of War
  • Metal Gear Solid
  • Twisted Metal
  • Syphon Filter
  • Gran Turismo
  • Genji
  • Killzone
  • Motorstorm
  • Resistance
  • Sly Cooper
  • Warhawk
  • Uncharted
  • L.A.I.R.

Look at all those! Now granted, some of these have appeared on other platforms, mostly Nintendo, and not all these are series, yet (Hint, Hint), but they are mostly exclusive to Sony only.

Now to the features. Let’s see here, where to start… Let’s go with internal stuff first. Here are some of the specs compared between the two:

  • Both are Hi-Def, but the PS3 also has the ability to play Blu-ray’s right out of the package. Score one for the PS3.
  • Both use Massive hard drives to store music, videos, and downloaded content. And of course game saves.
  • Both have compatibility with another device from their companies. Sony’s PSP for the PS3, and Microsoft’s Zune for the 360.
  • PS3 is backwards compatible right out of the box, while an extra hard drive, if Core edition is bought, is needed if you want to play original Xbox games. 2-0 in favor of the PS3.
  • Both have extremely powerful processors, for being video game systems.
  • The PS3 has four USB ports, while the 360 has three. 3-0
  • Sony has finally surpassed Microsoft in the number of people in multi-player! On one console alone, the PS3 supports up to seven wireless Bluetooth controllers, while the 360 only supports 4! 4-0
  • They are both Wi-Fi ready right out of the box.
  • One thing that I am very disappointed in Microsoft is the fact that Sony has incorporated a highly sophisticated computer-like interface into the PS3, and nothing has been done with the 360! And, Microsoft is a computer programming company! Yes, you can customize the “skin” of the Xbox Gamer Guide, but you can change the WHOLE interface of the PS3! Ubuntu Linux is now an available option for the PS3. 5-0
  • Yes, Xbox does have a semi-more interactive multi-player gaming experience than the PS3, but the PS3’s if FREE. What a wonderful word. FREE. So I’ll give a point to the 360 too. 6-1

Xbox 360 is a very good console, don’t get me wrong, but it just doesn’t have the PUSH to go the long distance against the new PS3 games. All in all, the PS3 is the logical choice in a head to head contest with the 360. With its powerful features and unique interfaces, the PS3 will beat the 360 by a long shot in upcoming months. The only thing really dictating this is the price difference. But, while you Xbox fans are paying $50 a year, just to play online, just remember the PS3’s is FREE. That extra hundred dollars will be payed back to you in no time PS3 buyers.

Xbox 360

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The good: All games for the Xbox 360 are in high-definition, as is the excellent, user-friendly Dashboard interface. There’s built-in support for wireless controllers and excellent online gaming, content downloads, and communications via Xbox Live. The console is not only backward compatible with many (but not all) original Xbox titles, but it also doubles as a superior digital media hub and Windows Media extender. The system’s online Marketplace allows easy purchases of mini-games, movies, and TV shows.

The bad: The list of truly impressive next-gen games remains small. The console has some design flaws: a noisy exhaust fan, a gigantic oversized power supply, no built-in wireless networking, only three USB ports, and no DVI or HDMI output. The DVD player is rather substandard, and support for next-gen HD-DVD movies requires a bulky external accessory. Additionally, the system’s customary 20GB hard drive can’t store a lot of high-definition downloadable content. Online gaming requires a paid subscription to Xbox Live.

The bottom line: The Xbox 360 delivers the power and performance of a high-end gaming PC, including impressive digital media and networking features

Playstation 3

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The good: Swanky design with quiet operation; all games in high-definition; PSP-like user-friendly interface; plays high-def Blu-ray movies in addition to standard DVDs; built-in Wi-Fi; 60GB hard drive; Bluetooth support for wireless controllers and accessories is coming; backwards-compatible with PS2 and PS1 titles; built-in memory card readers; online play is free; HDMI output with 1080p support; no external power supply

The bad: Pricey; first wave of games is somewhat anemic; doesn’t upscale DVDs to HD resolution; no force feedback (rumble) support in controller; a USB port on the back would’ve been nice; no infrared port means non-Bluetooth universal remotes aren’t compatible; glossy black finish is a fingerprint magnet; HDMI cable not included.

The bottom line: Sony’s PlayStation 3 may be the most expensive next-gen game console, and its launch titles are not all that impressive, but its swanky design and bevy of features, including a Blu-ray drive, make it hard to resist–even at $600.