It’s always tough deciding between two amazingly awesome things. “Would you rather have a Ferrari or a Lamborghini?” I’ll take both please. Well it’s the same deal with the PS3 and Xbox 360. Confusion is bound to set in when you want to choose one of them. Comparing the Sony PlayStation 3 with the Microsoft Xbox 360 is one of those bittersweet tasks, which is bound to leave you exhausted. Even the most hardcore of gamers out there have had the PS3 vs. Xbox 360 debate with either themselves or their friends. In order to find the answer to this intricate question, one has to take a good, hard look at each video game console and their salient features. Only after doing so will one be able to know which is better – Xbox 360 or PS3.
Sony’s PlayStation 3 (PS3)
PlayStation 3 is a seventh generation video game console, launched by Sony Computer Entertainment, as a successor to PlayStation 2. This console offers services like, online gaming, along with a high-definition optical disc format and Blu-ray Disc as storage medium. Since its launch in 2006, PS3 has undergone several changes, which have made gaming even more easier and interesting. Currently, two models of PS3 – the 120 GB Slim and the 250 GB Slim, are available. Some of the most popular PS3 games include Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Assassin’s Creed, Prince Of Persia, Devil May Cry 4 etc.
Microsoft’s Xbox 360
Xbox 360 is the seventh generation video game console, launched by Microsoft, as a successor to its first gaming console – the Xbox. The console features services like Xbox Live, which facilitates online gaming, and also gives the user an option of downloading games and game demos, as well as, TV shows and movies. Since, its launch in 2005, 39 million Xbox 360 consoles have been sold all over the world. At present, this console is available in two configurations – the ‘Arcade’ and the ‘Elite’. Some of the most popular Xbox 360 games are Mass Effect 2, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Assassin’s Creed II and Resident Evil 5.
Which is Better: PS3 or Xbox 360?
In order to decide which is better, Xbox 360 or PS3, we will have to take some of their prominent features into consideration. The Cell engine (microprocessor chip) in PS3 is more capable than Xbox’s triple-core Xenon CPU. But the performance of these video game consoles also depends on the graphics processing unit (GPU) to a great extent. Taking that into consideration, Xbox 360, armed with Xenos GPU is far more superior than PS3 armed with RSX GPU.
The primary storage medium in PS3 is the Blu-ray Disc, with a storing capacity of approximately, 54 gigs, while the storage medium in Microsoft Xbox 360 consists of double layer DVDs, with a storing capacity of 9 gigs. In addition to this, both these gaming consoles also, come with a hard disk drive which enables users to store more games on the console. Storage medium becomes an important factor, due to online game purchasing capabilities of both console manufacturers. Also, more memory ensures that the saved game data does not become a hindrance while downloading games.
PS3 vs Xbox 360 Price Comparison
As the performance of both of these gaming consoles does match to a great extent, price can turn out to be a deciding factor, when it comes to PS3 vs Xbox 360. In case of the Xbox, there are various models that have different price tags. Based on your requirement, you can opt for models that have lower hard disk capacity, and are thus, consequently cheaper. The cheapest is the Xbox 360 Arcade version, priced at USD199.99, and does not feature a HDD. It has 512 MB of on-board memory, which can be used to save game data. The Xbox 360 Elite is a higher end model, which has two variants, priced at USD299.99 and USD399.99. The Elite priced at USD299.99, features a 120 GB HDD, and a single wireless controller, while the more expensive USD 399.99 version of Elite has two wireless controllers, in addition to a 250 GB HDD.
Sony’s PlayStation 3 is also, available in various models and in different price range. The basic model comes with a 120 GB hard drive and is priced approximately, at USD300. The higher end model has a 250 GB hard drive, and comes with various free games, depending on your geographical location. In the United States, this higher end model comes with Tekken 6 free, and is priced approximately, at USD400. Both models come with a blu-ray drive which can be used for multimedia purposes as well.
To sum up, both the Xbox 360, as well as the PS3 have their own pros and cons. Xbox 360 does have a slight edge, in this case, as price might end up being a major deterrent in terms of the PS3. While it is very difficult to choose which is better, the PS3 or Xbox 360, hardcore gamers will prefer the Xbox 360, while people looking for an all round entertainment device might be happier with the PS3.