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02-17-2008 06:13 PM #1Aberdeen
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XBox 360 vs PS3 - Help!
I've decided I'm ready to take a plunge and buy a new game system. My problem is that I can't decide which one to get so if anyone has any thoughts, let me know. Here are the pros/cons as I see them.
Pros: Great online game experience, exclusive games such as Halo and Bioshock, easier to develop for (many games are designed on this system then ported over to PS), more titles, backwards compatibility
Cons: Lots of hidden costs, i.e. have to pay for online gaming access, have to buy a wireless adapter, a loud cooling fan, no blue ray support
Pros: raw computing power, built in and free online access, larger hard drive standard, controllers recharge more easily, more of my friends have it than the 360
Cons: more limited game selection, i've heard the online experience is not as good
02-17-2008 06:16 PM #2
02-17-2008 09:21 PM #3
If more of your friends have the PS3, go with it. 360 is better online, it's got the bugs worked out, but the games will be coming for PS3, it will narrow the gap before long. The worst is getting a system and then realizing you can't play with your friends.
02-17-2008 09:33 PM #4Aberdeen
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02-17-2008 10:31 PM #5
PS3 has free online game play and online content. Built in wireless.
I never got into online gameplay before because I didn't want to buy the add modem and pay 15 bucks a month just to play a game online. PS3 changed all that for me, I play COD4 online like it's my job and it's nice to be able to get a game of madden against a real life player whenever you want, without having to pay for it at all.
PS3 is more expensive, but it's worth it, IMO. I had as Xbox360 and it broke twice. The second time I got it back from the factory I took it straight to Gamestop and used it towards buying a PS3.
As cheesey as it is to say, I thought I was done video games for awhile, but looking back on it, I never played because I didn't know if my 360 was going to act up or not. Way more than once I'd play a game and it'd just lock up, the discs were totally clean, too. Then the red circle of death started.
They say that 360's are fixed with all the bugs, but I don't believe it to be true. I know people that have bought the next gens that were supposedly fixed, but still had to send them in to get fixed.
Can't lose with a PS3.
02-18-2008 01:14 AM #6
One should pick the console that has the best selection of games they are interested in as well as the features they are interested in.
For me it was a no brainer, the XBOX 360 blows away the PS3 for how I use the console - as a gaming machine for online play and online media delivery system. If one happens to have a Media Center PC in the household the XBOX 360 is truly an amazing device. Having a library of all my movies, online content including HD material accessible on-demand from the XBOX really is a killer app for me. Combined with the superior online gaming platform and the better games selection made going the 360 route a no brainer.
The PS3 is the superior choice if it has the games you like and optical HD movie playback is important to you. It also will likely have a longer shelf life as the XBOX 360 successor is already in development.
02-18-2008 02:50 AM #7
The online is better because of the system. Yes you have to pay for it, but you are paying for the features you get. Sony has online communities inside each individual game, but they don't have one overbearing list that you can see all of your friends online and what they are doing. Being able to talk in voice chat with your friends while playing 2 separate games, or being at 2 different points in the game is pretty cool.
Xbox has had their online community a lot longer, they have worked out the bugs in the system and are already to the point of demos, in game downloads, movie rentals, shared content etc. Sony is behind a good 3 years on this system because they didn't have it running in the last generation like Microsoft.
People are generally either pro-sony, or pro-xbox, and thats where you will see the more passionate arguments about which is better. Really what it comes down to is if you are buying a system for social gaming, which community is better for you.
02-18-2008 08:17 AM #8
If you get the 360 buy it at Best Buy and get the warranty on it. Then when it breaks just take it to the store and they will give you another one.
02-18-2008 09:17 AM #9
Xbox 360 Elite
Xbox 360 Elite from the cheapest source you can find and never worry about it breaking down and giving Best Buy money just to give it to them.
The Elite systems shipping now use the Falcon 65nm chipset. The Elites (and other Xbox 360 models using the Falcon) can be identified from earlier versions by a re-designed power connector and a power supply that runs at 175w. The motherboard layout is also different.
That's what I did.
02-18-2008 09:48 AM #10
02-18-2008 10:42 AM #11
02-18-2008 12:10 PM #12
So if I bring a picture of an XBox 360 Elite sitteing in our DEVO bin which is sent out every day, is there a good chance that you may take that assuption back?
I have a 360 personally and am generally not big on the replacement plans on "smaller items, i.e. anything under $500. But I've got one on my 360 and will get one on my PS3.
02-18-2008 01:09 PM #13
02-18-2008 01:26 PM #14
02-19-2008 05:34 PM #15
I had a Playstation and traded it for an Xbox360 system. In my opinion the 360 just blows the PS3 away in every category except Blu-ray. Xbox games have already had the problem of filling up the DVD while Blu-ray won't have to deal with that.
As for online..paying $49.99 for a full year is the best money I can spend. I am glad they charge because it keeps away alot of the garbage players. Online gaming is a privledge on xbox and if you get caught abusing it they can and will ban your particular system from playing on live.
I love that feature and for the most part gets rid of the jerks. I can only imagine how bad the Playstion gaming will get. It was unbearable when I had my Playstation.
The Marketplace is also totally awesome. Being able to download movies, tv shows and extra songs for games such as Karoake is just great. It refreshes games. I would think PS will have these features running soon if not already. Media Center is a major selling point as well. I use it almost everyday. It's great to have my xbox and computer synched...with my ipod!
The achievments put the 360 over the top though. It makes you get much more out of games and your rewarded for your efforts! I would never had gotten 1000 on PGR3 if not for the achievements pushing me.
As for breaking down. Playstation 3 has actually had a higher percentage of failures then Xbox360 which amazed me. We all know the 360 has/had serious problems and to see the PS3 was much worse surprised me.
I love my 360 and it's the only product I do have an extended warranty for.
It's worth it because a month without XBox live is like a year without water.
I say get the warranty and hope you never need it. Better safe than sorry.
I obviously prefer the 360 and have owned both. But, you really can't go wrong with either for entertainment puposes.