The never ending Xbox-PS3 rivalry sometimes sounds like Mac vs PC. As i have been looking to buy a gaming console, i researched on both of them. Now that both game consoles are competitively priced and offer most of the same functionality, only one can be crowned “King”.
The two Giants
The Xbox 360 has a very slight advantage at the low end, with a $199.99 bundle that includes 4GB of storage and a wireless controller. The Xbox 360 Elite with 250GB of storage rings up at $299.99. Meanwhile, the Sony PlayStation 3 with 160GB of storage is available for $249. A bundle with a 320GB PS3 and Sony’s motion-control add-on, PlayStation Move, will cost you $349. As for the online services, PlayStation Network has the advantage here because you can enjoy most of the features without paying for the premium membership (which still offers bonuses like free games and discounts), while Xbox Live still requires a Gold membership to play online and watch streaming services. Xbox Live Gold is also more expensive than PSN Plus.The $200 Xbox 360 is the least-expensive entry, but if you want your game console to double as an entertainment system, the $250 PlayStation 3 with 40 times the storage and a built-in Blu-ray player is a better bet for the money.
Winner: Playstation 3
Both boxes have slightly similar processing power although the Xbox 360 is a year older than PS3. Both systems can play the same games. Some will take longer time to load depending on the graphics filter used.
Games are a matter of taste. The biggest games of the last five years are mostly cross-platform titles, like the Call of Duty series, Elder Scrolls, and Madden franchises. But, both systems have their own exclusives like Gears of War, Uncharted, Forza Motorsport for Xbox 360; and Uncharted, God of War, Gran Turismo for Playstation 3.
The Playstation 3 is packed with a Blu-Ray player, which combined with the HDMI output PS3 provides, gives you the ultimate experience. Whereas, Microsoft backed the wrong horse in the media format wars. Microsoft stuck with DVD playback and an optional HD-DVD drive.
Winner: Playstation 3
Both Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network are rich complementary Web-based services with loads of multimedia, matchmaking (as in finding you a viable game opponent, not necessarily a life partner), and streaming media features—and they’re both very similar. According to my research, Xbox Live has a better experience than the PSN. For example, Xbox Lives gives you the group chat feature which is very useful when you are playing with a group of friends. Although most of the Xbox Live features are expensive whereas the PSN features are almost free, the feedback i received upon asking different gamers was that Xbox 360 has a better online play. If you ask me, I would rate experience over money.
Winner: Xbox 360
Because of Kinect’s unique features and relative success, the Xbox squeaks by here. Instead of waving around a wand like the Nintendo Wii or PlayStation Move, the Kinect camera detects how you’re moving without props or batteries. As the commercial says, “You are the controller.” Motion-controlled gaming hasn’t taken off like Microsoft or Sony hoped, and while the Kinect still has some momentum with games like Star Wars Kinect, it’s not the main reason you should get an Xbox 360.
Winner: Xbox 360
Sony PlayStation 3. For gaming, the two systems are almost identical in power, selection, and experience, but the PS3 pulls ahead in online service with free online multiplayer and media playback with Blu-ray support. The Xbox 360’s biggest advantage is the Kinect, and even that’s an option with few games and dubious usefulness. With the PS3, for $50 more than the Xbox, you get more storage, more functionality, and you can play with your friends without paying a subscription fee. Not to mention the great titles coming up on PS3.
I am still confused about which one to buy. At the E3 gaming convention this year neither Microsoft nor Sony announced new consoles, and we won’t likely see next-gen boxes for at least a couple of years. But we can’t be very sure about that can we?