PS3 VS Xbox 360 (Arguments & Thoughts)
An interesting topic that I suddenly bring to light today. I randomly thought of it when I was rearranging my Work/Play Space (2011) two nights ago. These are
just my personal views arguments upon the two systems so I hope you, the reader, isn’t the one to take sides just because you like the console.
Last Edited: 17th May 2011
PS3 is made by Sony. Xbox 360 is made by Microsoft (yes, the guys who made Windows).
First we shall look at the cost of the system. The PS3 goes for as low as U$D300 (RM1299) while the Xbox 360 goes for as low as U$D200 (RM850*) as far as retail pricing goes. It is undeniable that you can get them cheaper depending on locality and seasonal pricing. At the same price level, you can get the Xbox 360 4GB Arcade Kinect Adventures bundle for U$D300 (RM1200*). PS3 160GB Move Bundle costs U$D400 (RM1599?).
*Xbox 360 doesn’t have an official reseller in Malaysia as far as I know, so I’ll state the lowest price available at this point of time.
Note: You cannot expect a direct exchange rate for the consoles as we’re not buying them directly from the US at the current nice exchange rate.
If you compare the costs of getting either console, the Xbox 360 is much cheaper to get. If you’re to consider the ease of running “cheap games”, it looks to be more attractive to many more buyers than the PS3.
Another thing you have to consider is that the cheapest Xbox 360 has a meager amount of space to save stuff but the next up, which has a 250GB HDD, has the same price as the cheapest PS3. The most expensive PS3 costs U$D400 and comes with a large 320GB HDD. Do note that, these are just the normal sets, they normally don’t come with a game or the motion gaming devices. Sometimes they do come with a game however.
EDIT (17/05/11): I’d like to reinforce my point that the HDD-Cost ratio is mostly detrimental to the Xbox 360 Arcade which doesn’t have enough space further than storing game saves. It is also important to note that, due to unforeseen circumstances, you need to have a HDD for the Xbox 360 to play Halo Reach. Trust me, my Arcade wasn’t able to which saddened me. Otherwise, from the U$D300 price point, the overall sets for the two consoles can go either way as the Xbox 360 S, as I’ve seen, do come with “free” games to start off your HD gaming life.
Winner: Xbox 360
- HDD Expansion
Space is never enough especially if you are to store media in the consoles as well as DLC content. Some games can be bought and downloaded directly into the console instead of needing to buy the disc (thus costs way lower).
The PS3 is much nicer in this department as Sony allows to upgrade the HDD yourself. There is no propriety HDD you need to buy unlike the Xbox 360. All you need to do is get a 2.5″ HDD or even a SSD if you want, and replace the PS3’s HDD (after backin up the content of course) accordng to the officially available documentation.
For the Xbox 360, you’re normally forced to buy the overpriced HDD from Microsoft, unless you dare to hack it… which is not advisable to most consumers to do.
- Volume & Size
The PS3 is bigger than the Xbox 360. This is the undeniable truth although the reason for that is actually because the PS3 houses the power supply inside the system while the Xbox 360 houses it externally via a power brick. Personally, I prefer the power brick method as the console will need less room for it to be placed while the power brick can be hidden easily under the table. I came across this problem while placing my PS3 as I found out it was bigger than my table can take without eating too much of my arm space. (I’m using a computer table FYI for my computer and my consoles as well as for work.)
However, without a power brick, the PS3 is much easier to bring around as far as I’ve seen my friend have done. They bring their PS3 from one place to another and the lack of a power brick makes it easier to store the console in basically any standard sized backpack.
Slight correction from a friend, the new slim models are quite neck and neck in volume and size so this can go either way. But since the PS3 doesn’t have a power brick, it practically wins.
EDIT (17/05/11): How did I forgot to explicitly mention about the slim versions of the consoles? Looking at the second photo comparison above (featuring the black colored slim models), they run off as being sized almost the same. The Xbox 360 S still comes with a, but smaller, power brick though.
Winner: Either Way, Arguably PS3 Slim
The controllers are quite different. The Xbox 360 is obviously bigger but may not bode well for Asian (we’re technically smaller in physique). I have to admit that the analog is very good and feels better than the PS3’s. (Th D-Pad is crap sadly.) However, due to the familiarity of the PlayStation controller over time, the PS3 controller wins hands down. It is much easier to tell how the control layout to another friend than any other console. I personally find problems remembering the control layout of the Xbox 360 controller due to it clashing with my DS (total mirror opposite).
Furthermore, the Xbox 360 controller is quite expensive if you’re to get the wireless plus rechargeable battery pack combo. The PS3 controller has an internal battery which allows it to be lighter but replacing it in due time can be a pain. Of course, the Xbox 360 controller has 100% support with most of the modern PC games so it is more than just a controller for the console itself. (There are hacked drivers for the PS3 controller you can find online to use with the PC though.)
- Graphics/Gaming Capability
Not going into any technical babble, the PS3 has superior graphics to the Xbox 360. This is partly given to the fact that the PS3 came later than the Xbox 360 (2006 VS 2004). If you own both consoles and there is a cross platform game, you know which one to get. (There are exceptions to this rule, but I suggest you to read the reviews of any game you are thinking of purchasing beforehand.)
EDIT (17/05/11): Skip to the last section (other considerations) to read a comment by Mark. After a bit of further reading, it seems that the Xbox 360 holds the actual upper hand. Looks like my judgement was clouded by what was I perceive was true (what I’ve simply read beforehand).
The Xbox 360 also has a larger database of games but with region locks as its boundary… it might not really look that way. Furthermore, it is also easier to develope games on it, which does makes sense why there are more games on it.
“The Cell processor on the PS3 is powerful but it was hard to develop for. Kind of like an earlier GPGPU but without an OpenCL-like API. People go for Xbox 360 because Microsoft made it easy to develop on it.”
- Region Restrictions
One thing I really, really, really, really hate about the Xbox 360 is the region lock! And Nintendo is implementing this extremely annoying “feature” on their latest handheld, the 3DS, even! What the ****?! Yes, that’s right folks, the Xbox 360 has a region lock so you’ll come to some unplayable games from other countries over time and this can get really annoying if some of the games you want are unplayable for you. (For example, I can’t play most of Koei games because they are NTSC U/C only while my console is Asia region. FFFF.)
The PS3, amazingly and gratefully, does not have the same “problem”. You can play the game from any region. As such, you’re free to play virtually any game available on the console. :)
I can’t really say much here but go through sites such as GameFAQS, Gamespot, IGN and so on to read up about games and get the console which has the most games you want to play. Of course, there’s alway the option to get both consoles in the end…
Winner: Either Way
Simple comparison is that if you’re more to RPG games, the PS3 is your best friend while the Xbox 360 is more to FPS games.
Ignoring… never mind. If you are to compare online services, PlayStation Network (PSN) is free while Xbox Live has a monthly fee. There is a premium PlayStation Plus membership for PSN though. From what I’ve heard, Xbox Live is more stable and safe considering the recent attack on PSN (which cause it to go down until now).
Simply saying, what do you think you’ll get when you have to pay a monthly fee for the online service (Silver membership doesn’t do much FYI)?
Winner: Xbox Live
- Power Usage
The consoles almost use the same amount of power. PS3 consumes around 120W max while the Xbox 360 consumes around 150W max (lowest figures used, expect higher consumption values for older revisions). Roughly speaking, the PS3 a little bit more power efficient than the Xbox 360. But I don’t think most will care about this since the difference is quite small.
- Media (TV Services Not Considered as We don’t Get Squat Here)
At the base, the Blu-Ray capability of the PS3 is attractive. Sadly, Blu-Ray is quite pricey so this might not be such a good thing for some. However, you’re getting a game console AND a high definition media center all in one which can be a good thing. The Xbox 360 had HD DVD support before but because it was defeated by Blu-Ray a while ago, it doesn’t anymore.
- Motion Controller/Sensor
I can’t really compare hese two personally because I myself haven’t had the chance to experience either. In simple terms, what do you feel about controller free gaming (Kinect) and/or motion controller gaming (Move)? Kinect is more revolutionary at this point because the Move is quite close to the already old Wii motion controller (which was also revolutionary at the time of release).
If you’re interested in these motion based gaming, I advise you to get the bundles. They are quite reasonably priced.
- Overall & Conclusion
In truth, it all depends on you but according to how I laid this out, the PS3 triumphs over the Xbox 360. Looking at the new facts that are introduced, the Xbox 360 is looking to be the better console…
If you’re the type of person who doesn’t like to fork U$D30++ (RM100++) on games, the Xbox 360 may be a very nice get. Of course, this is what we call piracy. The PS3 can do this also currently (limited to the firmware jut like the PSP unfortunately) which may be cheaper if you have a good internet line at home to “get” the games yourselves.
- Other Considerations
The Xbox 360 is well known for the Red Ring of Death (RRoD) which can be a real PiTA to many prospective Xbox 360 owners. An unofficial report states that the failure rate is over 50% although Microsoft says otherwise. RRoD means that your Xbox 360 is unable to run anymore and will require RMA. The PS3 has its own problem, the Yellow Light of Death (YLOD) but it seems to be much lower than its direct competitor.
These problems should be much, much lower for newer consoles so don’t be afraid to get either one if you really want one. Just take reasonable care of them and don’t put them too close to a heat source or play until they fry themselves. From what I’ve seen, you must be playing it in a sauna for hours on end for that to happen. My Xbox 360 is relatively cold compared to my PS3, comfortably cold in fact, only becoming slightly warm after hours and hours of gaming (more than 6 hours).
“One thing you did not consider is movie rendering. Aside from blu-ray, the PS3 is the superior unit even when going outside of the blu ray portion. This is because the Xbox 360 is considered a media extender while the PS3 is a media center. That is the one area where the PS3 is the hands-down favorite.
The PS3 should be a better system by now, but it is not. At the current rate, by the time developers figure out how to take advantage of the superior CPU of the PS3 the 8th generation systems will be out. At this point in time, the Xbox360 beats the PS3 in every category except for media. There is no ambiguity about who has the better games, the better looking games, the better functioning games (PS3 games notoriously have poor frame rates and often crash), the better price point, the better online capabilities and experience, just about everything. The only factor where one might be swayed towards the PS3 is for the blu-ray player. I doubt people would buy it for the additional media power, but the blu ray player saves players from having to buy a separate player, effectively making the PS3 cheaper for those who want a gaming system and a movie player. However, blu ray players have come way down in price and most people would likely still go with the better features of the Xbox and spend a little extra to get a full blu ray player.”
True Winner: Arguably Xbox 360
Xbox 360 S