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3.0 out of 5 stars Tough call: PS3 or Xbox 360, August 28, 2009
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Xbox 360 Elite (Video Game)
If you're in the market for a next-gen gaming system and can't quite decide between Sony's Playstation 3 or Microsoft's Xbox 360, then this review is specifically for you.

First, the good stuff. The Xbox 360 is immensely popular and has the largest library of triple-A games and exclusives. After all, you'll only find games like Gears of War, Halo and Grand Theft Auto on this system [retraction: GTA4 is not 360-exclusive, sorry]. The online community is beyond robust; Microsoft's Xbox Live service has completely revolutionized online gaming. Not only that but you can stream many TV shows and movies from Netflix right onto your television through the "New Xbox Live Experience" (NXE for short). Lastly, the hardware is no slouch either as several cross-platform titles actually have a slight edge in performance on the 360 over their PS3 counterparts (more on that later).

Okay, now the stuff the PS3 does better (and I'm allowed to say this as I've owned both consoles since launch). Remember the NXE I mentioned earlier? Perks aside, the interface is simply horrible. The NXE is a mess of redundant menus and even suffers from noticeable processor lag. The PS3 Media Bar, on the other hand, is clean, neat, and professional-looking, and has a slight advantage in functionality too (and it doesn't force you to create ridiculous avatars). The PS3 is also technically superior to the 360 in terms of processing power and video performance (but some games have an edge on the 360 due to early developmental difficulties on the PS3), and it exclusively uses a blu-ray drive for both games and movies alike, all at an extremely competitive price. The software library for the PS3 is nearly as immense as the 360's, with the vast majority of titles available for either system, and includes a fair share of triple-A exclusives of its own (LittleBigPlanet, Metal Gear Solid 4, Heavenly Sword). Finally, the PS3 is one of the most stable consoles I've ever owned (even over the PS2); I can literally count on one hand the number of times the console has frozen up on me in the last two years.

Lastly, the stuff both consoles fail at (and do I even need to mention the absurd failure rate of the Xbox 360?). The PS3 will initally annoy you with a near-constant slew of software updates. The 360 is stuck with a standard DVD drive and obsolete HD-DVD add-on. The newer PS3's have all but eliminated backward-compatibility with PS2 games. The 360 simply looks and feels like a toy. The PS3....uhm....well the PS3's sleek, glossy finish is susceptible to fingerprints (I'm out of bad stuff for the PS3). Fighting game fans: the 360's d-pad is quite possibly the worst d-pad ever conceived, which is ironic considering the fantastic design of the rest of the controller. And yes, your 360 WILL die on you at some point. It is no exaggeration whatsoever that I don't know a single person who isn't on at least their second system.

While I do genuinely enjoy my Xbox 360 over time I have become more and more fond of my PS3 due in part to those few crucial differences I mentioned. Bottom-line: if you're a hardcore gamer who needs a consistent online fix, go with the 360. If you're not as competetive and are simply looking for a legitimate entertainment/media hub, pick up a PS3.
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Initial post: Aug 28, 2009 5:33:52 PM PDT
A. Perlia says:
Ah? no Grand theft auto is also on the PS3. However the makers of Grand theft auto are coming out with "The Agent" exclusively for the playstation 3 next year. Now why would they make a exclusive game on PS3 if the hardware wasnt better than whats in the 360?

Posted on Aug 28, 2009 6:33:13 PM PDT
Gail Carlson says:
It is factually inaccurate to state that the PS3 has technically superior video performance to the 360. The PS3 simply has a less capable video processor than the 360. It is correct though to state that it has greater processing power, potentially at least (depends on the programming).

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 28, 2009 6:38:20 PM PDT
A. Perlia says:
HA no its not. Have you ever heard any dev say that a game is only possible on 360? Now ask yourself how many times have you heard the words "only possible on PS3"? Anyways it is a fact that the ps3 has the better hardware except that it really only shows in most console exclusives.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 28, 2009 9:58:03 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 28, 2009 10:04:17 PM PDT
Chris Helton says:
I am about to make the switch to PS3 myself. It was out of the question when the machine was $399, but with the price cut, I'm there. I love the 360, but after dealing with the red ring twice now, I am almost nervous every time I fire the thing up. With the 360's failure rate at over 50%, owning one is like playing Russian roulette with 3 bullets in the cylinder.

"Ah? no Grand theft auto is also on the PS3. However the makers of Grand theft auto are coming out with "The Agent" exclusively for the playstation 3 next year. Now why would they make a exclusive game on PS3 if the hardware wasnt better than whats in the 360? "

While GTA4 is available on the PS3, the expansions are 360 exclusives. Maybe this is what the review was referring to?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 28, 2009 10:01:10 PM PDT
A. Perlia says:
That is true but those are little expansions to a game that no one really plays anymore.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 28, 2009 10:06:45 PM PDT
Chris Helton says:
Trust me, when new expansions come out for GTA4 (more are on the way), people pony up the cash.

Posted on Aug 28, 2009 10:07:10 PM PDT
David AC says:
"The newer PS3's have all but eliminated backward-compatibility with PSX and PS2 games. "
This is half correct, ALL ps3's can play PSX games.

ALL of them.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 28, 2009 10:11:11 PM PDT
A. Perlia says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Aug 29, 2009 8:35:59 AM PDT
Chris Helton says:
Yeah, "Gay Tony" isn't my cup of tea. Even if I wasn't making the switch to PS3, I wouldn't buy it. But you gotta admit the GTA series is a goose that lays golden eggs, and Microsoft's GTA goose has laid more eggs than Sony's. If someone's a die hard GTA fan, the 360 is the system to own -- even if it's gonna start flashing those glorious red lights before they know it.

Lucky for Sony, I'm a die-hard Metal Gear fan. ;) Also, Sony's system isn't hopelessly flawed. That's good too.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 29, 2009 10:37:49 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 29, 2009 10:47:47 AM PDT
A. Perlia says:
Well sure if you are a die hard GTA 4 fan then get a 360. However for 2 tiny dlc's I really dnt think its worth it and like I said since microsoft gets the 2 GTA 4 DLC's, Sony will get "the Agent" made to use bluray and its hardware exclusively for the ps3 as sort of a trade off. What would you choose? a brand new game made to take advantage of new technology? or 2 tiny exclusive dlc's for a game that is on both consoles?

Anyways Chris you will be happy you took the plunge with the ps3. Get MGS4(My favorite game to date!) Uncharted 1,Little Big Planet, and killzone 2 to tie you over until Uncharted 2 on October 13th. So many great games I cant even name them all. Just make sure you got a great 1080p tv.
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