So let me just state that I do not own an Xbox 360, therefore the information about it is from other websites, not from me.
Okay, now that I made that statement, lets begin.
Ever since the initial release of the Xbox 360 and PS3 Systems, there has been a constant struggle for supremacy between them. Arguments break out on blogs, group discussions and even in general face to face conversations. We have all seen this at least once, or have been apart of the arguement. To me, I believe the PS3 is superior. I'm not saying the Xbox 360 is not a marvelous system. It was a great victory for microsoft and a wonderful step up from Xbox. The PS3 is just far more advanced and has a lot less problems than the Xbox 360.
To start off in this blog, lets look at models and prices.
The Xbox 360 originally came out with 4 models:
The CORE model was discontinued quickly after sales began and was replaced with the ARCADE version. The ARCADE version of the Xbox is available for $199.99. It includes a wireless controller, a STANDARD AV cable and a Silver membership for online play. It does not include a headset, Network cable or HDMI output unlike the models below. It also cannot play any Xbox games. Storage is 256 MB.
The PRO version of the Xbox 360 sold for $299.99. With this version you can play 300 Xbox games and all Xbox 360 games. it includes a wireless controller and all the cables except for an HDMI OUTPUT. A silver membership for online play is also included. Storage is 60GB. The AV cable is STANDARD/HD.
The ELITE model Of the Xbox 360 is sold for $399.99. This model has the ability to play ALL Xbox games and Xbox 360 games. Again it includes everything you need for it, except an HDMI output. You get a silver membership for online play. Storage is 120GB. The AV cable is STANDARD/HD.
PRO and Elite models are reccomended to buy.
For the PS3 there are (or were) 5 different models that are based on storage space.
All models include 1 or 2 controllers: either SIXAXIS and/or DUALSHOCK 3; this started in JUNE 2008, built in WI-FI, can play Blu-Ray Movies along with DVDs and CDs, 2 USB ports and a cell broadband engine advanced microprocessor. An HDMI cable was sold seperately.
Today, only 2 of the original systems are available for purchase: the 80 GB and 160 GB (this according to playstation.com). The price for the 80GB model is sold for $399.99 either on its own or as a bundle with MotorStorm. The 160GB model is sold for $499.99 as a bundle with Uncharted Drakes fortune. PS2 game combatability was discontinued along with the 20, 40, and 60GB models. If you own an 80GB, then they should be compatible. Sony cancelled PS2 compatability after complaints of freezing and game glitches. Sofware can be added from online to improve the backward compatibitity of PS2 games.
When both systems were released, many people who were going to try and upgrade their Xbox or PS2 systems were disappointed by the prices. Even though Xbox 360 was cheaper than a PS3, there were still complaints about it costing too much.
Now lets go to system PROs and CONs.
- Better Controller
- Downloadable Movies and TV shows
- More Demos
- Less Online Errors and/or Problems (Supposedly)
- Better Graphics (this is debateable)
- Overheating/ Crashing
- Have to buy Wireless adapter if you want Wireless
- RRoD (Supposed to be gone on newer models)
- Smaller Hard Drive
- You MUST pay for online play.
- Very loud when in use
- For those not into Hardcore games, there is not much selection for new games
- Price. Even though it is cheaper than PS3, it is still too much for those that are on a budget.
- Major Money Grab; a lot of extra items must be bought in order to do different things with the system
- The power source is ugly and heavy; it is also a fire hazard when it gets hot
- Wireless Included
- Playstation Network (PSN) is Free to Use
- Blu-Ray Player
- Nice Upconverting DVD player
- New PSStore has nice new interface
- Costant Upgrades and Patches are available for the system
- Better Graphics (this is up for debate)
- Rarely Overheats (this is based on an incident in my home when my PS3 was left on for 16 hours!! There were no issues afterward also)
- A lot of developers have trouble with the netcode for PSN
- No rumble controller is available for purchase (there is a rumor about a patch; if someone could clarify that would be great)
- Sixaxis controller (with the motion censor) sucks
- Expensive; hopefully prices will lower soon.
- Games are expensive; even when used or unpopular
I am not going to choose or tell you which system is better. That choice is for you, the player, to decide. This is just some facts to help you decide which you like. Happy Gaming to you all!!