One can have a tough time comparing two things, especially when both are fabulous, and confusion is bound to set in when you have to choose one. Comparison between Sony's PS3 super slim and Microsoft's recently-introduced Xbox 360 E is one such task that is bound to leave you exhausted. Even the most ardent fans of gaming are bound to have a tough time trying to figure out which is better, the super-slim PS3 or the new Xbox 360.
Changes in the hardware components are as good as none with both the consoles. While the super slim continues with 45nm Cell Broadband Engine CPU and 40nm RSX GPU that graced its predecessor, the new Xbox 360 has the same old XCGPU SoC-Xenon CPU and the Xenos X818337 GPU-aboard. All in all, the difference in the two consoles in terms of performance and graphics has reached the point of stalemate, and therefore, it all boils down to what additional features the two have to offer.
Storage medium is an important factor, as both console manufacturers allow users to purchase games online. Also, more memory ensures that the saved game data does not become a hindrance while downloading new games. The primary storage medium in the PS3, the Blu-ray Disc gives it an edge over Xbox 360. Almost all the tech experts are of the opinion that Microsoft lags behind Sony when it comes to this aspect. Add to it the Bluetooth compatibility with a range of devices and the Sony gaming console seems a lot better than its Microsoft counterpart.
As for the games, the Xbox 360 has always been in top-notch form with franchises, like Halo and Gears of War to its credit. Interestingly, PS3 has caught up in the games department with the addition of exclusive titles like The Last of Us, Dust 514, and God of War: An ascension to the already illustrious list which includes titles like Metal Gear Solid, God of War III, Killzone 3, Resistance 3, and many more. Additionally, both consoles are rich in third-party titles, like BioShock Infinite and Assassin's Creed II.
With the introduction of PlayStation Move and Microsoft Kinect, motion gaming has become a key component of both the consoles. While both can be improved, Move―riding on a whole lot of positive reviews that it has garnered―seems to be a little ahead in this context.
While the Xbox Live service does have an upper hand over the PlayStation Network (PSN) when it comes to online service, many people will prefer to go for the free service offered by PSN than paying $60 as the annual subscription fee to upgrade to the Xbox Live Gold plan. Without this upgrade, you won't be able to access the entertainment apps either.
While PS4 and Xbox One have already hit the stores, Sony and Microsoft have stated that they will continue to support the PS3 and Xbox 360 until 2015 and 2016 respectively.
In contrast, the 12GB PS3 super slim will cost $199.99. As for the 500GB PS3, it is only available as a part of bundle in North America. The Last of Us PlayStation 3 Bundle is priced at $269.00, while the LEGO: The Hobbit PlayStation 3 Bundle is priced at $269.99. For the PlayStation Move Essentials Bundle, you will have to shell out an additional $69.99.