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XBOX 360 vs. PS3

January 27, 2008 Leave a comment

I am fortunate enough to have a PS3 and an XBOX 360. So I just wanted to compare the 2 in case anyone was on the fence.

So…Let’s begin.

XBOX 360 (Core)

Build:

The XBOX is built fairly well. The outer shell is basically plastic and feels a little flimsy. It has 2 USB ports in the front of the console that are for the wired controllers, you can also use it to plug in other devices like an MP3 player. The DVD-ROM tray is your standard Media reader. On the back of the XBOX you will find a power input, Ethernet port, a USB port, and HDMI port (The HDMI port is on newer XBOX models) and proprietary video port. The power supply is not built into the XBOX360, it’s packaged with a power brick and this thing is huge and heavy.The XBOX controllers are built very well and they are sturdy. The Wireless controllers are also built very well and have a rechargeable battery.

Pros:

  • Price – starts @ $279.99
  • Ease of setup
  • Great Graphics (provides 1080p resolution with HDMI port or RGB)
  • XBOX Live – The service and available options are second to none
  • Controllers – both wired and wireless, they feel good in your hand
  • Game library – new games and backwards compatible with original xbox games
  • Accessories can be charged when the XBOX is turned off
  • External Hard Drive – 120GB Hard Drive is available
  • HD DVD player is an accessory ( May not matter in about a year)

Cons:

  • Price – the Elite version is $479.99
  • No built in WiFi – costs $99 if you want the wireless adapter
  • Noise – It’s very loud
  • Heat – It gets hot after only an hour
  • XBOX Live costs $50 per year (This price needs to be lowered)
  • Power Brick
  • Red Ring of Death issues (Microsoft did the right thing and extended the warranty for 3 years to fix theses issues)
  • HD-DVD (I like the format, the movies look great, but it looks like BLU Ray has deeper pockets)
  • Accessories are expensive ( Controllers are $50, Wireless headset is $50, 120GB HD is $180, etc)

Playstation 3 (40GB Version)

Build:

The PS3 is built very well. It’s solid and sturdy. It’s plastic too, but it just feels like it’s not going to break. On the front of the PS3 there are 2 USB ports and a slot loading Blu-Ray ROM. The Power and disc eject buttons are touch sensitive. On the back of the PS 3 there is an HDMI port, Gigabit Ethernet port, proprietary video port, Power cord port and Optical Audio Out. It has built in Bluetooth and WiFi. The wireless controller feels a bit flimsy, it does not have a rechargeable battery. The controller connects to the PS3 via BlueTooth.

Pros:

  • Excellent build
  • Great Graphics (supports 1080p resolution)
  • Playstation Network (Online Gaming is free)
  • Fast – Game play seems faster then on the XBOX
  • Price – $399 is a bargain for this
  • Built in Wifi & Bluetooth (didn’t have to spend $99 on an additional accessory)
  • Uses any Bluetooth headset for online gaming
  • Blu-Ray player
  • QUIET – you barely know it’s on
  • Setup
  • SIXAXIS controller is very cool
  • Controller battery life

Cons:

  • Game library – Not too many games
  • Cannot play PS2 games (SONY streamlined the manufacturing process and removed the PS2 emulator)
  • Playstation Netowork – Needs major work…..hard to get online, chat sessions frequently crash, gaming with friends is extremely difficult)
  • Controller does not have a removable battery
  • Charging any accessory requires that the PS3 be turned on
  • All games must be installed before they can be played (not the entire game but a portion of it)
  • Updates and downloads take much longer then it does on XBOX Live

Conclusion:

I like both systems very much. They both have their strengths. Right now, I feel that the XBOX experience in a better choice. XBOX Live is a better online gaming/entertainment network. Now, the PS3 is no slouch, I’m sure that in a year from now they will fix a majority of the issues with the Playstaion network and have a bigger game library. If XBOX games and XBOX live worked on PS3 hardware, I think that would be the perfect console gaming platform.

WINNER: XBOX 360 (barely)