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Break-down: Xbox 360 [versus] Playstation 3 ... and Game Console Consolidation.

06 Jan 2007  |  Tags: , , , ,

I have Playstation 1, Playstation 2, and now Playstation 3 games. I also have Gamecube, Nintendo 64, and Wii games. I have three Xbox 360 games that I never play. Today, I decided to ditch the PS2 and 360 for a Playstation 3.

Since my PS2 was “modded” (to play bootleg/burned games), I realized I’d have to actually purchase some of the discs I didn’t have legit copies of and still wanted to play. Lucky for me, they had either Greatest Hits or Used copies of the four games I planned on keeping.

The old:

Game console consolidation (3)

Four PS2 Games, Two PS3 Games, One PS3 Controller (extra), and a PS3 later… I was getting rid of a Microsoft product that I never used (which will hopefully eBay with the games and controllers for around $350 or more), cleaning up my TV area (especially with the single HDMI cable, versus like 40 other hookups, and built in Wireless), and replacing the old console(s) with a better DVD player… all in one box.

The new:

Game console consolidation (4)

Xbox 360:

A fully loaded Xbox 360 is the same price as a Playstation 3, but the Xbox 360 has options to break that number down… where as the PS3 only offers minor reductions.

Xbox 360: $598 = system + extras:

  • external HD-DVD player ($199)
  • "pro" version (hard drive, wireless controller) ($100)

Lacking:

  • HDMI port (although it supposedly will receive one in the future)
  • Built-in wireless internet
  • Built-in high definition DVD player (only an external add-on.. for $199) Also, keep in mind, that Playstation 3 uses the high-def DVD format to store more Video Game data.. something the Xbox 360 cannot, even with the external add-on.
  • Bluetooth peripheral networking
  • No hard-drive included for cheaper version, which is required for reverse compatibility with Xbox games

Playstation 3

$599 (… $1 more, haha) - or, the 20 GB Version ($100) = $499 [ … you loose 40GB of hard drive space, wireless internet (wired only), and media card slots ]

Lacking:

  • Early adopters, introductory price range
  • Good games, the starting launch really sucked. (somewhat typical)
  • Although it can play PSOne and PS2 games right out-of-the-box… you cannot import your data from your old memory cards without an adapter ($15, if you can find one), or use your old controllers for things like Guitar Hero… which would also require another adapter… which doesn’t ship until February. Lame!

Interface:

The Xbox 360 is built-around its Xbox Live online service… where as the PS3 is a fairly simplified approach in comparison. (offline targeted, with some online features to-the-side) The 360 offers movie trailers, game downloads (demos/arcade classics), and can interface with your iPod or Media Center PC. The PS3 can basically only interface with your Playstation Portable, but also copies songs/pictures from CDs and provides some content from its own Playstation Store. The PS3 also features a built-in web browser.. something the Xbox 360 does not. (probably due to lack of hard drive on some models)

Other Notes

  • HD-DVD versus Blu-Ray … comparison at Wikipedia
  • Since every PS3 includes Blu-Ray playback.. I immediately cruised over to Netflix. They support both high-definition formats… you simply have to enable it in your account under “Format Preferences”.
  • Playstation 3 doesn’t support WPA2 wireless networking encryption (yet), and those utilizing it will need to use Wired networking or revert to plain WPA.
  • PS3’s game cases are smaller than the traditional DVD-style used by everything else. Cool? Not if you have a DVD rack. Luckily I utilize a shelf with the Wii and PS3 as bookends. :)

My favorite feature so far is the L2 and R2 buttons have been changed to analog paddles.. which feel like car pedals. (gas + brake) This is awesome for driving + shifting with the (R) control stick in Need for Speed Carbon... very realistic. Overall, I think PS3 is the better console.

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