01-03-2009 04:59 PM
The better system depends on what you value most. Game titles? Online gaming? A bluray player?
Xbox 360 has more popular game strictly on its system. That's not to say playstation doesn't have a lot of great games though. It just depends on the games you want to play, so I'd research that before looking at a system.
One of the biggest differences between the two systems is its online community. Xbox's online system is pretty awesome with a ton of robust abilities. I personally love the ability to stream Netflix. Playstation's community is growing and improving, but it appears that Xbox is certainly the better of the two right now.
The distinct playstation feature is having a bluray player with the gaming system. An awesome addition and great thing to have if you would utilize it.
I personally like the Xbox 360 more because of its online community and game titles. For me, there really isn't a reason to get the playstation especially now that Bluray players are becoming cheaper.
01-04-2009 01:13 AM
This is actually a very common arguement at the best buy i work at. If you ask a sales person, they will probably tell you to get a playstation 3 based on two main points 1)the built in blu-ray player - with blu-ray become the hottest new way to watch movies, a built in blu-ray player seems to almost be an obvious choice. With a blu-ray costing around $400, and a PS3 costing around $400 why wouldn't you get a PS3, you get a blu-ray player that plays video games. and 2) the online gaming is free - xbox360 charges $60 for a year to get on Xbox Live (online) and playstations service is free as long as you can get an internet connection, you can hook up and play with your friends. The downside however, i blame on the game Halo. When Halo came out it was the most popular video game and still is. However because Halo came out for XBOX and XBOX only, playstation owners were missing out, so this lead to the increase in XBOX sales. Therefore, XBOX has many more customers meaning you have a higher chance of meeting people you know on XBOX Live than on Playstation 3. Not to mention with even more "XBOX only" games such as Halo 3 and Gears of War, Playstation just cannot compete. So in the end the $60 a month is worth it, then you just have to ask yourself "How much will i really use the blu-ray player?" if you think it is a must have, then maybe the playstation 3 is for you. As for me.......i prefer the Xbox360.
01-05-2009 07:58 PM
buckybadger has it dead on. This question will never have a clear answer. It's a question and answer of preference. There are fanboys of each system that will swear the other system sucks. The primary advantage of PS3 is the Blu-ray player. The primary advantage of Xbox 360 is the size and funtionality of Xbox Live. Graphics on both systems appear to be similar. Both have decent size hard drives.
The game titles argument still is in favor of Xbox, but PS3 is gaining. Many of the big titles are shared by both systems. The exclusive games for each system is a matter of preference.
I used to be a PS2 owner and originally bought the PS2 when Grant Theft Auto 3 was released. It was exclusive to Playstation. After GTA was released to Xbox, I bought the original Xbox and sold my PS3 (I wanted Halo). Since then, I've never looked back. Every game that I personally like to play is found on Xbox. Xbox Live is a great service with TONS of players (furthermore, all my friends have an Xbox). And I prefer the Xbox controller.
Does this mean the Xbox is better? Of course not. It's just my preference. I would take the PS3 in a second. I just wouldn't use the Blu-ray player as I feel Blu-ray movies are overpriced when I can get a pretty good picture quality out of my DVD's (but that's another argument).
In my opinion, the glaring weakness of the Xbox is its reliability. It's no secret that they have their problems with the dreaded red rings. However, the cost of repair is essentially free because of all the problems. My Xbox is currently being repaired for free and I've had it for year. I've been without my box for about 2.5 weeks, but I'll have it back Wednesday.
Overall, it's your preference. What features would you get more use out of? Are you an online gamer or a fan of Blu-ray? Good luck in your search and enjoy whatever system you choose. I'm sure you'll love either one.